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Do you know everything there is to know about the Easter story? Maybe you know it’s about a man who died on a cross many years ago, and came back to life! But did you know that there is much more to this story? Inside these pages is the story behind the Easter celebration. Here at {Insert Name of Church here} we believe that the more you know about the truth behind the Easter story, the more you’ll want to celebrate it with us! And that’s what this book is about. We hope you will get to know more about Jesus, what he is like, and what all the celebration is about. Wishing you a happy Easter! {Signature here (I.e Pastor or Ministry)}

English Hope on Demand Easter Edition ISBN 978-1-59480-840-1 Copyright © 2013 by OneHope www.onehope.net Scriptures used in this publication are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, Contemporary English Version. Copyright © 1995 by the American Bible Society. Used by permission. Text quoted directly from the Bible is in bold.


In the

beginning... God created the heavens and the earth. God made the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and put them in a special place called the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were friends with God. The world was perfect. But one day, Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying God. Their sin separated them from God and the world was no longer a perfect place. But nothing takes God by surprise! He had a plan to fix what sin had broken. Thousands of years later, when the time was right, God sent his Son, Jesus, into the world to make things right.


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The

King is Coming! John 12 • Matthew 21

Jesus and his disciples were on their way to the city of Jerusalem. As they were near, they came to the town of Bethphage. Jesus sent two of his disciples ahead. “Go into the village,” he said. “You will see a donkey tied there, with its colt beside it. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone asks what you are doing, just say, ‘The Lord needs them,’ and he will let you take them.” The disciples did not understand it at the time. But all of this was happening to fulfill promises that had been told about Jesus many years earlier. The news came that Jesus was coming. A large crowd of people gathered to meet him. They spread their coats on the road ahead of him, and others cut branches from the trees and laid them down too. As Jesus walked down the road the people all around him were shouting, Praise God! Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!

Hail to the King of Israel!

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The

Last

Dinner

Matthew 26 • 1 Corinthians 11

Every time you eat this bread and drink this wine, remember me.

When it was time for dinner, Jesus sat down at the table with the twelve disciples. He took some bread and blessed it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Eat this and remember me.” Then Jesus took a cup of wine. He gave it to them and said, “Drink from this cup. This is my blood that is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many.” Jesus was using the bread and the wine as a symbol of himself. His body would be broken and his blood spilled just like the bread and wine.

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When dinner was over, Jesus did something completely unexpected. He got up from the table, took of his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist and poured water into a large bowl. Then, he began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel he had around him. The disciples looked at each other in amazement. They couldn’t understand why their Master was doing something that a servant was supposed to do. When he was done, he said, “Since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each others’ feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you.”

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Servant’s Job

John 13

What is Grace? Grace is getting something when we don’t deserve it. Imagine a teacher giving you an A on a test even though you had every question wrong. Grace is a gift. The disciples didn’t deserve Jesus washing their feet. Jesus was teaching them about his grace by doing something for 5 them that they didn’t deserve.


Getting Grace. Giving Grace. Matthew 18:23-35

Jesus told this story: Once there was a man who owed the king 50 million silver coins. But he didn’t have any money to pay what he owed. The king ordered him to be sold as a slave. But the man got down on his knees and begged for mercy. The king felt sorry for him and let him go free. He even forgave the man’s debts. The free man was on his way out when he saw another guy who owed him 100 silver coins. He ran up to him and started choking him and said, “Pay me what you owe!” The man begged, “Have pity on me, and I will pay you back.” But the first man didn’t listen. Instead, he had the other man put in jail. When the king found out what had happened, he called the first man back in and said, “You’re an evil man! When you begged for mercy, I forgave you. Don’t you think you should show pity to someone else, as I did to you?”

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Why was the

King so “F r t h gr c f G d h s b n r v l d, ∆ ∑ ∆ * ∑ ∆∆ ∆ ∆∑ ∆ * * br ng ng s lv t n t ll p p l .” T t s 2 : 1 1 ∑ ∑ † * ∆* ∆ † † * ∑ † Ω

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Jesus told this story as a picture of what God has done for us. Like the king who excused the servant’s debt, God offers us forgiveness for free, even when we mess up! God’s gift of grace has been freely given to us. There is nothing we could ever do to pay God back for all he has done. Because God has forgiven us, we are now able to forgive others. Because God showed us grace first, we are now able to show grace to others without expecting anything in return.

Answer: “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people.” Titus 2:11

The king showed the man mercy by forgiving his debt of 50 million silver coins. But that same man put another guy in jail for only 100 silver coins.

What’s the Message? Match the symbol to the letter and break the code to reveal the message.

Gracious?

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Fill Blanks in the

Find the answers on page 4

“He took some

and blessed

it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my

, which is given for you.

Eat this and remember me.” “Drink from this is my

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that is poured out

as a sacrifice to

the sins

of many.”

True False? or

1. T F The most popular person had to kneel down and wash everyone’s feet before a meal. 2. T F Jesus was the poorest servant, so it was his turn to wash everyone’s feet. 3. T F Jesus showed us grace by washing the disciples feet.

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My

Grace

Gift Box

Grace is any act or gift that we receive even though we do not deserve it. An example of grace is letting your friend use your toy even when they broke your last one. In the past week, how has God shown you grace? Who else has shown you grace this week? What are ways you can show grace to those around you?

better than we You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much you have done deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything there is noth ing so on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, you can brag about. Ephesians 2:8-9

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Jesus is Betrayed Matthew 26:36-56

After dinner, Jesus and his disciples went to a garden called Gethsemane. Going off by himself, he prayed, “Father, if it is possible, don’t let this happen. But do what you want, and not what I want.” While Jesus was praying, Judas came up. He was one of the twelve disciples, and a large mob armed with swords and clubs was with him. Judas had told them ahead of time, “Arrest the man I greet with a kiss.” Judas walked right up to Jesus and said, “Hello, teacher.” Then Judas kissed him. The men grabbed Jesus and arrested him.

Father, if it is possible, don’t let this happen. But do what you want, and not what I want.

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Jesus to Death is Sentenced

Matthew 26:57-66 • Mark 15:6-15

The chief priests wanted to put Jesus to death. So they tried to find some people who would tell lies about him in court. But they could not find anyone. So the high priest said, “Are you the Son of God?” “Yes, I am!” Jesus answered. The high priest ripped his robe in fury and said, “This man claims to be God!” The others answered, “He is guilty and deserves to die!” Then they spit in his face and hit him with their fists. The next morning, Jesus was taken to Pilate, the governor. Pilate asked the crowd, “What do you want me to do with Jesus?” “Crucify him!” the crowd shouted. “But what crime has he done?” Pilate asked. The crowd yelled even louder,

Pilate saw that there was nothing he could do. He washed his hands saying, “I won’t have anything to do with killing this man.” Then he ordered his soldiers to beat Jesus and nail him to a cross.

A love worth dying for. Jesus was betrayed, punished unfairly, and beaten. He could have stopped it all from happening, so why didn’t he? Because Jesus’ death on the cross was all part of God’s plan. God knew that people who do wrong could not live with him in heaven. And he was willing to do anything to fix that. Even give his life to die on a cross. That’s how much he loves us!

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The Good Neighbor Luke 10:25-37

Jesus told this story. A man was making a long trip when he was attacked by robbers. They stole everything he had, beat him up, and left him half dead beside the road.

As he lay there, a religious leader came by, but even though he saw the man, he crossed over to the other side of the road and passed him by. Later, another man that served in the temple came by, but he also passed him by. A little while later another man came along. He felt compassion for the injured man. He took care of his wounds and put bandages on them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to a hotel to stay until he was healed. He even paid all the bills. Then Jesus asked, “Which one of these three people was a real neighbor to the man who was beaten up by robbers? Go and do the same!�

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So

What’s the

Point?

God says to love your neighbors as much as you love yourself. And he used this story to show us just how to do it. We should love everyone and treat them like we would treat ourselves. Who is my neighbor? Who is your neighbor? Check the box next to everyone who is your neighbor in the list below:

My parents My teacher A person who lives next door My best friend Someone else God tells us that everyone is our neighbor. And he wants us to treat everyone with love. Look at the list again. Identify three people that you know personally who would be your neighbor and write a way you can treat each of them with love.

1. I can show

love by

2. I can show

love by

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love by

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Take the

LOVE Quiz

1. God knows everything about me. He knows when I am happy and when I am sad. a. Always true = 3 Points b. Sometimes true = 2 Points c. Never true = 1 Point 2. When I do bad things, God still loves me. a. Always true = 3 Points b. Sometimes true = 2 Points c. Never true = 1 Point 3. We should love our neighbor even if they aren’t nice to us. a. Always true = 3 Points b. Sometimes true = 2 Points c. Never true = 1 Point

There is nothing we could ever do to make God love us any more than he already does. The Bible says, “God IS love!” The more you get to know Jesus through prayer and reading the Bible, the more you will know about his love for you. His love is so great that there is nothing that can separate us from his love. 14

What’s your

Score?

9 Points: You’re right! God loves you so much!

6-8 Points: You were so close. Read pages 10 to 12 to learn about God’s love for you. 3-5 Points: Read pages 10 to 12 again and try again.


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Color and cut out the heart. Then cut out the five letters on this page. What do the letters spell? Run a string (or ribbon) through the five dots on the bottom of the heart. Attach the letters, in order, at the end of each string. You can hang the heart somewhere you will see it often as a reminder of God’s grace and love for us.

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Color and Cut

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Letters spell: GRACE


God’s love never fails Nothing in all creation can separate us from God’s love for us in Christ Jesus or Lord!

Love God and love each other!

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The

Day Jesus

Died

Mark 15 • John 19 • Luke 23

The soldiers took Jesus to a hill and nailed him to a cross. They also nailed two criminals to crosses on each side of Jesus. People who passed by said terrible things about Jesus. One of the criminals hanging there also insulted Jesus by saying, “Aren’t you the Messiah (the promised one)? Save yourself and save us!” But the other criminal told the first one off, “Don’t you fear God? Aren’t you getting the same punishment as this man? We got what was coming to us, but he didn’t do anything wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Remember me when you come into power!” The sky turned dark for a while. Jesus shouted, “Everything is done! Father, I put myself in your hands!” He bowed his head and died. At once the curtain in the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, and rocks split apart.

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What’s the Message? Unscramble the words to find the hidden message:

suJes

Answer: Jesus died for me!

Jesus:a Criminal? Only the worst criminals were nailed to a cross and hung to die. But we know Jesus never committed a crime. So why was he killed like a criminal?

Jesus never sinned! But God treated him as a sinner, so that Jesus could make us acceptable to God. Sin is doing something God said not to do or it could be not doing something he said to do. Each time we sin we break God’s rules, which is a crime against God. Sin separates us from God because he is perfect. People who disobey God cannot live with him in heaven unless their sin is taken away. That’s why God sent Jesus. Because Jesus died, our sins can be forgiven and we can now have a relationship with God!


Jesus is the Way One day, Jesus said to his disciples:

John 14: 1-6, 12-14

“Don’t be worried! Have faith in God and have faith in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you. After I have done this, I will come back and take you with me. Then we will be together. You know the way to where I am going.” Thomas said, “Lord, we don’t even know where you are going! How can we know the way?” “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Jesus answered. “Without me, no one can go to the Father. I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father. “Ask me, and I will do whatever you ask. This way the Son will bring honor to the Father. I will do whatever you ask me to do.”

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A Little

Man Meets

Big

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God Luke 19

Once, when Jesus was traveling through Jericho, he met a man named Zacchaeus. He collected taxes in the region and had become very rich by cheating people. When Zacchaeus heard Jesus was coming, he tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. Zacchaeus told Jesus, “I will give half of my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son.” 20


Zacchaeus’ heart changed when he met Jesus. When he realized he had not been fair to others, he promised to pay everyone that he had cheated. The more we know Jesus, the more we will become like him. Jesus always does what is fair, because he is a perfect God. The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Change of

Heart

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The

Key to a

Changed

A changed heart comes from knowing Jesus. Here are some ways to help you know him better:

Heart Reading the Bible

Talking to God through prayer

Telling others about him

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Going to church to learn more about him


What’sWrong with thisPicture? Can you find the three things that are wrong with this picture? Cross them out, and color the rest of the drawing.

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Jesus isAlive Matthew 28:1-8

It was almost daybreak on Sunday morning when some women who were Jesus’ friends went to see the tomb. Suddenly a strong earthquake struck, and an angel came down from heaven. He rolled away the stone and sat on it. The angel looked as bright as lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards shook from fear and fell down. The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. He isn’t here! God has raised him to life, just as Jesus said he would. Come, see the place where his body was lying. Now hurry! Tell the disciples that he has been raised to life and is on his way to Galilee.”

Go there and you will see him. That is what I came to tell you.

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Jesus is Taken to

Heaven Matthew 28:16-20 • Acts 1:9-11

For 40 days after Jesus had suffered and died, he proved in many ways that he had been raised from death. Many people saw him and he taught them. Jesus’ eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him. Jesus came to them and said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. I will be with you always, even until the end of the world. And while they were watching, he was taken up into a cloud. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven.”

God will never end. It is hard for us to understand, but God has no beginning and no end. God always existed, and he will always exist. Not even death could stop Jesus! 25


The Two Builders Matthew 7:24-28

Once, when he was still with them, Jesus told his disciples a story. He said, “Anyone who hears and obeys these teachings of mine is like a wise person who built a house on solid rock. Rain poured down, rivers flooded, and winds beat against that house. But it did not fall, because it was built on solid rock. Anyone who hears my teachings and doesn’t obey them is like a foolish person who built a house on sand. The rain poured down, the rivers flooded, and the winds blew and beat against that house. Finally, it fell with a crash.” 26


What

was

Jesus

Saying? Jesus used this story to teach us the difference between a wise person and a foolish person. The wise person builds their house on solid rock. Jesus is our solid rock. And when we follow Jesus, we are building our lives on solid rock. But the foolish person builds their house on sand. They don’t put their faith in Jesus. And when hard times come, they don’t have a solid foundation to stand on, and they fall. Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.

Your

now Life then and

When God created us, he created us to be like himself. But what does that mean? Among other things, it means that we are eternal, like God is eternal. When our life on earth ends, we will be with God forever. God promises us that he will be with us in this lifetime and also in eternity, if we believe in him. In fact, Jesus said, “There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I wouldn’t tell you this, unless it was true. I am going there to prepare a place for each of you.” 27


Fill Blanks in the

Find the answers on pages 24-25

“Don’t be (1) (2)

! I know you are for Jesus, who was nailed

to a cross. He isn’t here! God has (3) him to life, just as (4)

said

he would.” Answers: 1) afraid 2) looking 3) raised 4) Jesus

True False or

1. T F The angel told the women, “You are at the wrong tomb. Jesus is still buried, but in a different place” 2. T F Jesus told his disciples not to tell anyone about him. 3. T F Jesus appeared to the disciples many times proving he had come back to life. 4. T F Jesus will come back to earth one day in the same way he left.

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God promises that if you believe with all your heart that Jesus is Lord and that God raised him from death your sins will be forgiven! God loved you so much that he gave his only Son, so that if you believe in him, you will have eternal life and never really die! - John 3:16

The

Gift

of

Eternal

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Life Jesus wants YOU to live with him forever! If you want to live with Jesus, pray this prayer with all your heart.

Amen.

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The

Gift ofHope!

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God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. John 3:16

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