Diggin’ Dottie digs up clues in this four-week video series, to solve the mystery of what happened after Jesus died. Her Bible field guide shows kids the stories of people who saw Jesus come back to life.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Watch the video from Week 1: Mary Sees Jesus at the Tomb, John 20:1-18
ASK YOUR KID
What was rolled away from Jesus’ tomb? a stone
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: John 20:1-18
Mary loved Jesus dearly. He had healed her from seven demons, and it is largely assumed that she was the same Mary who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears. Jesus was precious to her, and she treasured the grace, mercy, and deliverance he’d shown her. It makes sense, then, why she was the first one to go to the tomb and why she was so desperately sad when she didn’t find his body there.
It is unclear why Mary didn’t at first recognize Jesus when she turned around and saw his living, breathing, moving body right in front of her. But when he called her by name, Mary realized that broken and wounded body was Jesus. Jesus knew that she was confused and heartbroken. He did not harshly rebuke her when her grief turned to panic and she forgot his promises. Instead, he compassionately moved toward her, called her name, and revealed himself to her. Jesus’ own words must have come to her mind then: “The sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out,” John 10:3.
Sometimes our grief blinds us to the truth that God redeems all things and uses all things for good, but even then, and maybe especially then, God is full of compassion towards us. Just because God ultimately can work every painful thing in our lives for our good, does not mean that he cheapens or criticizes our pain and sadness. Instead, the same God who experienced the loss of his own son Jesus, the same God who met Mary at the tomb, sees our sadness and pain and empathizes. He is a God of mercy and comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-4), and the Bible promises that he moves towards us in our grief. Psalm 34:18 says that “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
In her moment of deepest pain and sadness, Mary experienced the most real, most precious moment with Jesus. Her story encourages us to lean into Jesus always, especially in our grief, and see that when we seek him, we will find that he is right there with us.
Would you say that Jesus is precious to you? What do you do to show that you treasure his grace?
Have you experienced the truth in Psalm 34:18? Has grief or loss strengthened your faith? How?
Jesus came back to life!
THE BIG PICTURE
Our preschool curriculum written for 3-5 year olds. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is a powerful, loving, and trustworthy friend who cares about us. They learn that God sent Jesus to save the world. In a large group format, preschoolers sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids play a Big Group Game, then transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope preschoolers learn through fun, and begin to understand who God is and how much he loves them.