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5-Day Easter Unit Study
     Each Day
     Day 1:  Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
     Day 2:  Celebration of the Passover
                 (the Last Supper) and the Garden of Gethsemane
     Day 3:  The Hearings and Trial
     Day 4:  The Crucifixion
     Day 5:  The Resurrection and Ascension
Recommended Resources
     Hadassah: The Girl Who Became Queen Esther
     The Bible in Living Sound: The Passion of Jesus Christ
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Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote


     Our joyful celebration of Easter, or Resurrection Sunday
as some prefer to call the holiday, can provide the time and
opportunity for us to:
1.  Teach our children the heart of the gospel so that they will
     thoroughly and accurately understand this most important
2.  Proclaim to the world the death, burial, and resurrection of
     our Lord Jesus Christ -- and salvation through faith in Him.
3.  Remember, reflect on, and appreciate what the Lord has
     done for us -- then thank and praise Him!

How To Use This Unit Study
     We offer a variety of activities to enrich your teaching,
contemplation, and proclamation of the resurrection of our Lord
Jesus Christ.

 *  Read through the whole study now so that you can prepare
     lesson plans to accommodate selected portions.
 *  Order or buy any supplies you want to have on hand.

Consider Different Options
 *  Substitute this unit study for your regular studies to
     provide a break and focus on the resurrection of our Lord.
 *  Continue math work and any other basic subject that needs
     daily attention.
 *  Use only the Scripture portions for your family's daily Bible
     and devotional time.
 *  Pick and choose any activity to enrich your family.

     May the Lord bless you and your family for His glory.

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The Pat Welch Family, Publishers
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5-Day Easter Unit Study

Each Day
     The following activities are included for each of the five days.

Bible Reading and Study
     Read notes in your Bible or from a Bible handbook and
discuss the selected passages using who, what, where, when,
why, and how questions for comprehension and understanding.
     Most of the Scriptures listed by topic for each day (see
below) are taken from "A Harmony of the Story of Jesus" with
the Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John accounts rearranged by
subject and approximate chronological order.
     Another Harmony of the Gospels

Prophecy Fulfilled
     The Scriptures listed are from "Messiah Revealed."
     Another site, "Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ, Messiah."

Bible Memory
     Choose a verse from the day's reading or one of the
suggested verses.

     Have your children (even beginning readers with help) read
some of the Bible reading and study references directly from the

Writing and Penmanship
 *  Ask your children to write 1-5 paragraphs (depending on their
     ability) on a topic of study for the day.
 *  Assign a portion of Scripture or your memory verse to write out.
 *  Use writing and penmanship skills to make banners, cards,
     tracts, etc. (see "Evangelism" listings below).

Art, Crafts, and Activities
     Many good links, recipes, family traditions, stories, activities,
cards.  Also "Jesus, Messiah, the Fulfillment of Prophecy,"
Feasts of the Bible, Messianic Jewish and Passover links.


     Purim, March 25, is a Joyous holiday commemorating
the rescue of the Jews by Queen Esther and her uncle Mordecai
from the evil Haman.  For more information on Purim see -- Editor

The Girl Who Became Queen Esther
 by Tommy Tenney (Young Reader's Edition)
     Hadassah survives an unimaginable loss
as a child and is raised by her uncle Mordecai.
Then her beauty catches the eye of Persian
soldiers, and she is captured and taken away.
What will become of Hadassah? Why hasn't God protected
her? Can she trust God to direct her steps and show her His
purposes in all the anguish and suffering she faces?
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Day 1:  Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
     (See notes for "Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory,
Reading, Writing, and Activities.)

Bible Reading and Study
 *  Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
     Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44; John 12:12-19
 *  Cleansing the Temple
     Matthew 21:12-17; Mark 11:15-19; Luke 19:45-48
 *  Jesus Teaches about His Death and Resurrection
     Matthew 16:21-23; Mark 8:31-33; Luke 9:22
     Matthew 17:22-23; Mark 9:30-32; Luke 9:43b-45
     Matthew 20:17-19; Mark 10:32-34; Luke 18:31-34
     Matthew 26:1-2
  *  Jesus' Anointing at Bethany
     Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8

Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
 *  Triumphal Entry
     Psalm 8:2 / Matthew 21:15-16; Zechariah 9:9a / Matthew 21:8-10
     Zechariah 9:9b / John 12:12-13; Zechariah 9:9f / Matthew 21:6-9

Major Concept:  Christ's Purpose in Coming to Earth
     Isaiah 53:8d / 1 John 2:2; Isaiah 53:12b / Luke 23:46
     Isaiah 53:7c / John 1:29; Isaiah 53:10b / Matthew 20:28
     Isaiah 53:5a / Luke 23:33; Isaiah 59:15-16a / John 6:40

Bible Memory
     John 1:29; John 6:40

Vocabulary and Spelling
     Disciples, triumphal, anoint, temple, Messiah.

The English word "Easter"
 *  "Isn't Easter a Pagan Holiday?" and other articles.
 *  "Is Easter Mentioned in the Bible?"

Music:  "Messiah"
     Handel's Oratorio "Messiah" speaks of Christ's life, death,
and resurrection.
 *  Words and Scriptures
 *  Print music at:

 *  On maps of Jerusalem and the Holy Land locate the following
     (possible) locations:  East Gate, Herod's Temple, Golgotha,
     Garden Tomb, Garden of Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Upper
     Room, Herod's Palace.
 *  An outline of the story of Jesus using maps.
 *  "Walk Where Jesus Walked" teaching cards and maps.

Evangelism:  Greeting Cards
     A greeting card is a way to show thoughtfulness and love,
as well as to furnish an opportunity to witness at this
appropriate time.

Handmade Cards
 *  Find instructions to make cards using a variety of materials
     and techniques at:
 *  Write a poem about Christ's death and resurrection and it's
     meaning to you.
     See poetry-writing instruction and tips at
 *  Use your best penmanship to copy the words of a hymn or
     Bible verse in your handmade cards and greetings.
 *  Be sure to include the gospel (I Corinthians 15:3-4; John
     3:16, etc.).

Store-Bought Cards
 *  Include gospel tracts in greeting cards to family and neighbors.

E-Mail Cards and Tracts
 *  Send an e-card with a Bible verse typed into the message area
     or a link to an online tract.
 *  Online tract, "God's Simple Plan of Salvation," in many
 *  E-cards.
 *  E-card with link to a gospel message.
 *  Internet Evangelism Center, Sharing the Gospel Online.
 *  Moments with the Book gospel tracts, printed or e-mail.
     Make an e-card.


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Day 2:  Celebration of the Passover
(the Last Supper) and the Garden of Gethsemane
     (See notes for "Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory,
Reading, Writing, and Activities.)

Bible Reading and Study
 *  The Plot To Kill Jesus
     Matthew 26:3-5; Mark 14:1-2; Luke 22:1-2; John 11:45-57
 *  The Passover Instituted
     Exodus 12:1-36
 *  Celebrating the Passover / The Last Supper
     Matthew 26:17-29; Mark 14:12-25; Luke 22:7-30; John 13:1-30;
     1 Corinthians 11:23-25
 *  Judas Iscariot's Plans To Betray Christ
     Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11; Luke 22:3-6
 *  In the Garden of Gethsemane
     Matthew 26:30-46; Mark 14:26-42; Luke 22:31-46;
     John 13:31-38; 18:1-2
 *  Jesus Betrayed and Arrested
     Matthew 26:47-56; Mark 14:43-52; Luke 22:47-54a;
     John 18:3-12

Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
 *  Messiah Betrayed
     Psalm 41:9 / Mark 14:17-18; Zechariah 11:12-13a / Matthew 26:14-15
 *  Messiah Abandoned
     Psalm 22:11 / Mark 14:50; Psalm 69:20b / Mark 14:33-41

Major Concept:  Jesus the Messiah
     Read "How do we know that Jesus was the Messiah?"

Bible Memory
     John 1:29; 1 Peter 1:18-19

Vocabulary and Spelling
     Passover, communion, betray, a "Judas."

Music:  "Messiah"
     Continue exploring and listening to Handel's "Messiah" (see
Day 1).

Christ Typified in the Passover
 *  Read the explanation of terms and symbols of the Passover.
 *  Print and read a sermon by C.H. Spurgeon, "Christ Our
 *  Jews for Jesus: Christ in the Passover and Passover Banquets.

Comparative Religions
 *  Islam: Find out what Muslims believe about the crucifixion.
 *  Read what the Catholic church teaches about the "Sacrifice of the

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 *  The Betrayal and Crucifixion
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Evangelism:  Outside Banners and Window Signs
     Let your neighbors and those passing by know that you
celebrate the resurrection of our Lord.
 *  Order a banner, or make your own banner or inside window sign
     with fabric, butcher paper, poster board, etc.
 *  Texts can say, "Our Redeemer Lives!," "He Is Risen!," "Our
     Savior Is Alive!," or "Hallelujah, Christ Arose!"  See samples at:


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Day 3:  The Hearings and Trial
     (See notes for "Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory,
Reading, Writing, and Activities.)

Bible Reading and Study
 *  Jesus Tried before Jewish Authorities; Peter's Denial
     Matthew 26:57-27:2; Mark 14:53-15:1; Luke 22:54b-23:1;
     John 18:13-28
 *  Judas Iscariot Commits Suicide
     Matthew 27:3-10; Acts 1:18-19
 *  Jesus before Pontius Pilate; the Sentence
     Matthew 27:11-26; Mark 15:2-15; Luke 23:2-25;
     John 18:29-19:16a
 *  Jesus Ill-Treated and Tortured
     Matthew 26:67-68; 27:26b-31; Mark 14:64b-65; 15:15b-20;
     Luke 22:63-65; John 19:1-3

Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
 *  The Messiah Rejected
     Isaiah 6:9-10a / John 12:37-40; Isaiah 49:4a / Luke 19:41-42
     Isaiah 53:3b / Matthew 27:21-23; Isaiah 49:4b / John 5:43
     Psalm 69:8a / John 1:11; Zechariah 11:12-13b / Matthew 26:14-15
 *  Messiah Judged
     Psalm 109:2 / John 18:29-30; Isaiah 53:8b / John 18:13-22
     Isaiah 53:7b / Matthew 27:12-14; Isaiah 53:9b / Mark 15:3

Major Concept:  Why Jesus Needed To Die
     Read Hebrews 9:22; I John 1:7 and "What about the death and
resurrection of Christ was important and vital to Christianity?" with
additional Scripture.

Bible Memory
     Isaiah 53:6

Vocabulary and Spelling
     Sanhedrin, Pharisees, High Priest, blasphemy, denial, suicide.

Music:  "Messiah"
     Continue exploring and listening to Handel's "Messiah" (see
Day 1).

     Refer to a Christian history textbook (or the curriculum
that you are using) and read about the Roman world in which
Jesus lived.

     Listen to (or read) "The Twelve Voices of Easter" online to
"meet" the characters that played a part in the death, burial, and
resurrection of our Lord.

Evangelism:  Tracts and Gospels of John

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Day 4:  The Crucifixion
     (See notes for "Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory,
Reading, Writing, and Activities.)

Bible Reading and Study
 *  Christ's Crucifixion and Death
     Matthew 27:32-50; Mark 15:21-37; Luke 23:26-46;
     John 19:16b-30
 *  Supernatural Events as Jesus Dies
     Matthew 27:45,51-53; Mark 15:33,38; Luke 23:44-45
 *  People at the Crucifixion
     Matthew 27:54-56; Mark 15:39-41; Luke 23:47-49;
     John 19:25-26a
 *  Christ's Burial
     Matthew 27:57-66; Mark 15:42-47; Luke 23:50-56;
     John 19:31-42

Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
 *  Place of Crucifixion
     Genesis 22:14 / Luke 23:33; Isaiah 53:12c / Luke 23:32
 *  Events during Crucifixion
     Psalm 22:16c / Matthew 27:38; Psalm 109:4 / Luke 23:34
     Psalm 69:20-21a / Matthew 27:34
     Psalm 22:18a / John 19:23-24; Psalm 22:18b / John 19:23-24
 *  Mocked by People
     Psalm 22:17b / Luke 23:35; Psalm 22:7 / Matthew 27:39
     Psalm 109:25 / Mark 15:29-30; Psalm 22:8 / Matthew 27:41-43
 *  On the Cross
     Psalm 22:14b / Matthew 27:35; Psalm 22:1a / Matthew 27:46
     Psalm 22:1b / Mark 15:34; Psalm 22:15a / John 19:28
 *  Messiah's Death
     Zechariah 13:7b / Matthew 27:35; Psalm 22:17a / John 19:32-33
     Zechariah 12:10a / John 19:34-37; Psalm 22:14a / John 19:34

Major Concept:  The importance of Jesus' Resurrection
     Read 1 Corinthians 15:12-19 and the "Resurrection of Christ"
with Scriptures included.

Bible Memory
     1 Corinthians 15:3-5; John 3:16

Vocabulary and Spelling
     Crucified, myrrh, Golgotha, transgressors, mocking, tomb.

Music:  "Hallelujah! What a Savior!"
     Words and music by Philip P. Bliss.  Become acquainted with
this great hymn of the faith and learn at least the first verse.
See words, hear the music, and read the story at
     Print the piano music at

 *  Explore the question: Was Jesus crucified on Friday or Wednesday?
 *  What are the designations for years B.C. and A.D. derived from?
     Why is B.C. being changed to B.C.E. and A.D. changed to C.E.?
     Read two views:

Science: "The Science of the Crucifixion"
     Have your older students read articles online.

Evangelism:  Gifts
     Include a greeting card, tract, and/or Gospel of John in
thoughtful greetings such as:
 *  Baked Gift to Neighbors
 *  Gifts to Shut-ins
 *  Instead of giving children "Easter Baskets," give a new Bible
     (if needed), Scripture bookmark, prayer journal, or something
     that will encourage their spiritual life.
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Day 5:  The Resurrection and Ascension
     (See notes for "Each Day" above for Bible Study and Memory,
Reading, Writing, and Activities.)

Bible Reading and Study
 *  The Empty Tomb
     Matthew 28:1-8,11-15; Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24:1-12;
     John 20:1-13
 *  The Resurrection and Appearances to Disciples
     Matthew 28:9-10,16-17; Mark 16:9-14; Luke 24:13-44;
     John 20:14-21:14; Acts 1:1-5; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8
 *  Christ's Commission
     Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:45-50;
     John 21:15-23; Acts 1:6-8
 *  The Ascension
     Mark 16:19-20; Luke 24:51-53; Acts 1:9-11

Bible Prophecy Fulfilled
 *  Resurrection of the Messiah
     Psalm 16:8-10b / Acts 13:35-37; Psalm 16:8-10a / Matthew 28:6
     Isaiah 53:10c / Mark 16:16
 * Ascension of the Messiah
     Psalm 68:18a / Luke 24:51; Daniel 7:13-14a / Acts 1:9-11

Major Concept:  Personal Application
     Have I personally received the benefit of Jesus Christ's death,
burial, and resurrection?
     John 3:16; Romans 10:9; Ephesians 2:8-9

Bible Memory
     1 Corinthians 15:3-5; Ephesians 2:8-9

Vocabulary and Spelling
     Resurrection, appeared, commission, ascension.

Music:  "Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today"
     Words written by Charles Wesley in 1739.  Become acquainted
with this great hymn of the faith and learn at least the first verse.
See words, hear the music, and read the story at
     Print the piano music at

     Stimulate your older children to think by examining and
discussing one or more of these articles.
 *  "10 Reasons To Believe Christ Rose from the Dead"
 *  "Evidence for the Resurrection" by Josh McDowell
 *  "Beyond Blind Faith" by Paul E. Little
 *  "How do we know that Jesus Christ really rose from the dead?"

 *  View "The Hope" (or just chapters 10-11) online at

Evangelism: Invite Someone to Church
     Many people will go to church on "Easter Sunday" that would
not at any other time.  Take advantage of this to invite family,
friends, or neighbors to attend with you (and hear the gospel
message).  Consider some of the following:
 *  Send a hand-written letter of invitation and follow up with a
     telephone call.
 *  Offer a ride.
 *  Invite them to dinner with you after the service.
 *  Pray before and after that they will be saved or renew their
     commitment to the Lord.


Sunnyside Up: A Solid Footing
     One day our 6-year-old, Isaiah, asked me how many feet we
     After I got over my surprise at his question, I answered, "Two."
     Isaiah then asked me, "Then why does this sign on the ladder
say, 'Keep all four feet on a firm, level surface'?"
     Submitted by Denise P., California

God Loves You.
     Because we have been separated from God by sin, Jesus Christ
died in our place, then rose to life again.  If we trust Jesus
Christ as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
     "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

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