Mark 15:44-46, 16:1-8 – The Resurrection

Kids and Youth

  • Why is the resurrection so important?

The resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Everything hinges on the resurrection. If Jesus did not rise from the dead then he was not the Son of God and the long awaited Messiah. If Jesus was not resurrected then we are still dead in our sins. The Apostle Paul covers this idea in depth in 1 Corinthians 15:12-20.

“12 We have preached that Christ has been raised from the dead. So how can some of you say that no one rises from the dead? 13 If no one rises from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, what we preach doesn’t mean anything. Your faith doesn’t mean anything either. 15 More than that, we would be lying about God. We have given witness that God raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if the dead are not raised. 16 If the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith doesn’t mean anything. Your sins have not been forgiven. 18 Those who have died believing in Christ are also lost. 19 Do we have hope in Christ only for this life? Then people should pity us more than anyone else. 20 But Christ really has been raised from the dead. He is the first of all those who will rise.” (NIV)

  • (KIDS) Who did the angel instruct Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James to go tell?

(YOUTH) Why is Peter mentioned apart from the other disciples?

The women were instructed to go tell “his disciples and Peter.” They are to deliver the message that they are to meet Jesus in Galilee. (FOR YOUTH) Why is Peter mentioned separate from the disciples?  Peter being mentioned separate raises a few questions. Is he no longer considered a disciple or an apostle? Peter had essentially left the faith and returned to his old life fishing (see John 21) after he had denied Christ three times (John 18:15-18, 25-27). It is possible that in Peter’s mind he was no longer a disciple or an apostle, but for Peter to be mentioned specifically by Christ to receive the message of His resurrection is not to say he is not a disciple but that this message was especially for Peter. Christ obviously loved Peter and has already forgiven him and the fact that Jesus was summoning him was evident that Christ still considered him “the rock” on which he would build his church.