He Is Risen


INTRO   |    LESSON 1   |   LESSON 2   |   ASSEMBLY

Lesson Two

Back-Story (Starter)

Back-Story (Starter)

Show Slide 1 from the Powerpoint What’s Happening? and ask your pupils to suggest what they think is happening and what has led to it. They will probably suggest that this is a brother and sister who have had an argument and are now rudely sticking their tongues out at each other.

Now show Slide 2 and explain the back-story, that they have both been ill with sore throats and had to go to the doctor to have their tongues examined. They are now back home and are helping each another by trying to examine one another’s tongues. Point out that knowing the back-story of what led up to an incident can often give us a deeper understanding of it.

In this lesson, before we move on to writing poems about the death and resurrection  we are going to look at some more of the back-story that led to it, through the Bible story up to that point.

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Back-Story to Psalm 22 (Whole Class Activity)

Back-Story to Psalm 22 (Whole Class Activity)

Show Slides 1 and 2 of the PowerPoint Biblical Timeline and explain that the Bible is like a library, it is a collection of books written over hundreds of years.

Show Slides 3-6 and give a brief overview of a few key stories in the Bible:

  • Adam and Eve. In the first book in the Bible (Genesis) we read of Adam and Eve who were created to live in the wonderful world God had made, in a perfect relationship with God, with one another and with all of creation. However, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and consequently those relationships were broken.
  • Moses. In the second book in the Bible (Exodus) we read that relationships between people and God had become so broken that the people of God (the Hebrews) were enslaved by the Egyptians. So we read of Moses being called by God to set the people free. Moses told the people of God to sprinkle the blood of a lamb over their doorposts so that the death that was coming to the Egyptians would pass over them, and this became known as the Passover.
  • David. Then comes the rest of the 39 books in what we call the Old Testament section of the Bible. Here we read of God calling certain key people such as prophets and kings to show and tell people how to be restored in their relationship with him, with one another and with all of creation. One of these is David who wrote many psalms in which he pointed to the coming Messiah who would provide a way to restore all people back into proper relationships.
  • Jesus. The first four books of what we call the New Testament section of the Bible are the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) in which we read of Jesus, God’s son, who was crucified and rose from the dead to offer everyone forgiveness and restored relationships with God, with one another and with all of creation. In the rest of the 27 books of the Bible we read of how we can all grow in those relationships, and ultimately live in a perfect relationship with God, with other people and with creation – in heaven.

Show Slide 7 and ask your pupils if they know how many years ago these events in this timeline took place.

Show Slide 8 and start with Jesus who lived on earth about 2,000 years ago (point out that we date our calendar from his birth), then David who lived about 3,000 years ago and Moses about 3,200 years ago (these last two dates are very approximate and subject to debate amongst biblical scholars).

Show Slide 9 and point out something that might surprise them. Earlier we saw that poets often start with a story and write a poem to express what they know about that event. But in the case of Psalm 22, David wrote his poem about 1,000 years before the events it describes. How was that possible? Christians believe that the Bible was inspired by God. God knew that he would come in the person of Jesus to die for us so that we can be forgiven, and he inspired David to write the words in Psalm 22 as a pointer towards the coming Messiah, Jesus. In fact the Bible says that this was part of God’s plan from the foundation of the world, because he knew that people would disobey him and would need forgiveness and restoration.

If appropriate, for differentiated learning, you could show Slide 10 to look at some other prophecies about the Messiah, in the Psalms, that were fulfilled in Jesus.

As appropriate, to illustrate this biblical back-story show this video Connecting the Stories.


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A Poem About Easter (Evaluation of Learning)

A Poem About Easter (Evaluation of Learning)

Now it is time for your pupils to write their poem.

Give out the first page of the worksheet A Poem about Easter. This has two boxes at the top for them to stick the picture/text boxes for the part of the story about which they are writing, a box for them to jot down their thoughts about it (particularly any figurative language), and a box for their poem.

Give out the picture/text boxes cut out from pages 2 and 3 as appropriate for your pupils, for them to stick in the top two boxes. As appropriate for your pupils you might select only a few of the pictures which are suitable for your class; or, you might allocate all the pictures in pairs so that, between the eight pairs of picture/text boxes, the whole class is covering the whole story.

Invite them to think about their part of the story and jot down relevant words in the middle box, perhaps as a spider diagram. In particular, think of figurative language they might use in their poem. Then invite them to write some lines of poetry about this part of the story, using the Parallelism structure.

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