After Jesus and his disciples had a meal (the Passover) he went to a quiet place to pray. He was arrested. He was brought before the Roman leaders and also the Jewish religious leader. He was sentenced to death by crucifixion. Jesus had to die on the cross.
After he died he was buried in a tomb. In those days people were buried in caves. A big stone was rolled in front of the entrance so no one could get in or out. Also a Roman guard was stationed at the entrance of the tomb.
On Sunday Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went to the tomb. What did they find? The rock had been rolled away. When they entered the tomb there was not a dead man but an angel. He said that Jesus was not here but had risen. They were told to tell the other disciples. This is why Christians celebrate Easter.
(You can read about Christ’s death and resurrection in the Bible. Find the story in Matthew 26:17- chapter 28, Mark 14:12- chapter 16, Luke 22:7- chapter 24, and John 18- chapter 20).
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Fold the brown paper in half. Make a tomb by rounding the corners. I also trimmed the outsides of the top piece. Cut the tan piece of paper the size of the outside piece. I wrote 1 Corinthians 15:4 on the tan piece. 1 Corinthian 15:4 says “And that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” Glue the piece onto the inside of the tomb.
(A tradition that we have is to make empty tomb cinnamon rolls. The recipe calls for marshmallows and ice cream.)
Happy Easter! I hope that your family has enjoyed making the empty tomb craft. You could use it as an Easter card. Send it to your friends and family and tell them how much you love them.