Witnesses of the Resurrected Christ
In this packet we explore what would it have been like to see the resurrected Savior. Over 500 people saw Christ after his resurrection. We explore some of those experiences here.
Option 1: One way to use this packet is to display the smaller picture card of the witnesses of Christ at the front of the room. Explain to your family or class that each of these people saw Jesus Christ after his resurrection. As suggested in the Come Follow Me manual, have your family or class imagine what it would have been like for them to see Christ in the days after his resurrection. Explain that not everyone who saw Christ acted the same way. Let a family or class member choose a picture card to learn how he or she reacted when they learned Christ was resurrected. Use the larger picture cards to discuss each individual experience. (The information on the large picture cards is taken nearly verbatim from the New Testament scriptures.) Discuss the experience and ask deep thinking questions such as “Why do you think they believed or didn’t believe right away?” “Why do different people act differently when they have a witness of Christ?” “Could that represent ways that people today may react when they receive a witness of Christ?” “How does Christ show himself to us today?” “What does Christ mean when he says to Thomas “Blessed are they who have not seen and believe?”
Option 2: Invite several people to act as the soldiers, the angels, Mary Magdalene, Peter, John, the disciples, and Thomas and tell what they witnessed after Jesus’s Resurrection. Attach string around each of the smaller picture cards to use as a necklace showing which character each person represents. Use the larger cards as information for your helpers to learn about their character.