Family Home Evening

FHE – Jesus Christ Raises Lazarus From the Dead

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Objective

To help family members understand that because Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He had power over death when He walked on earth and He still does!

Basic Doctrines

Godhead, Plan of Salvation, Atonement of Jesus Christ

Beforehand

  1. Print this script for yourself: Lazarus SCRIPT
  2. Make these character name tags on a full sheet of paper but so that the info is on both sides (so they can see it as well as everyone else). You can print it here: Lazarus Name tag. Your family might be big and you can double up on the characters and take turns with lines. Or you might have more characters than family members and will need to give some family members more than one character.
    1. Narrator
    2. Mary (John 11:3, 32, 34)
    3. Martha (John 11:3, 21, 22, 24, 27, 28, 34, 39)
    4. Jesus (1 John 11:4, 5, 7, 9-11, 14, 23, 25-26, 39, 40-44)
    5. Disciples – one person for all the disciples (1 John 11:7, 8, 12)
    6. Jews (1 John 11:31, 34, 36, 37)
  3. Print these questions and into individual strips. You can print them here: Question Strips
    • How do you think Mary, Martha, and the other people felt as they watched Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead?
    • How do you think you might have felt if you had been there to watch Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead?
    • How does it make you feel to know Jesus has the power to raise someone from the dead?
    • How do you think this miracle help us know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
    • Jesus Christ was the first person to be resurrected. How does it make you feel to know that you will be resurrected also?
    • What was one of your favorite “lines” from this chapter and why?
    • How do you think Lazarus felt after he was brought back to life?
    • Why do you think Jesus wept in verse 35 and what does it mean to you to know that the Savior weeps?
    • Why do you think some of the Jews would not believe in Jesus after he raised Lazarus?
    • If you knew someone who was struggling with the loss of someone they loved, what verse from this chapter would you want to tell them about and why?

Song

Did Jesus Really Live Again, Children’s Songbook pg 64

Prayer

Scripture

3 Nephi 11:9-11

Lesson

Sit around your kitchen table.

Explain to your children that you are the director of a new play and they are all the cast. This is your first rehearsal and you are going to have a “cold read,” meaning you will be going through the script for the first time as a group. Tell them that you will be the narrator.

Explain the scene and circumstances of the play.

  • It is the final days of the Savior’s life and this is a play based on an actual miracle the Savior performed so He might show His disciples and everyone else that He truly is the Son of God and He has power over death. There are bad people who want to kill the Savior and you will see some of the fear the disciples have for Jesus’ and their own lives.

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Pass out the parts to your family and give them time to research their character for a few minutes using the scriptures written on their character name tag. Tell them to look for how their characters might be feeling.

Begin the cold read!

  • You can use this page to help you, the Narrator, keep the cold read moving along.
  • Some family members may not easily recognize when their character has lines. As the narrator and director, feel free to have them repeat some lines with more emotion/faster/slower, you get the idea. The purpose is to have fun while really learning about a major event from the Savior’s life.

After the cold read, discuss the following questions:

  • When Jesus received word that Lazarus was ill, how long did Jesus wait before He came to help? (John 11:6)
  • How long had Lazarus’s body been in the tomb when Jesus arrived? (John 11:17)
  • Why do you think Jesus waited so long to go? (John 11:4, 15)
  • Why did Jesus pray to Heavenly Father before he raised Lazarus and what did Jesus want the people to understand? (John 11:41–42)
  • Lazarus was not resurrected, he was brought back to life. What is the difference?

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Tell your family that sometimes actors and actresses do improvisational activities and pass out the following questions to each member of your family and take turns letting your family members answer (these are the questions on the slips of paper you made earlier). Just give one or two to each family member and answer the extras as a family afterward.

Note: a fun way to begin an activity like this where one person starts is to start with the person who is the oldest, youngest, most flexible, loves bologna the most, etc. This gives your family a moment to relax and “get warmed up” before sharing sensitive feelings.

  • How do you think Mary, Martha, and the other people felt as they watched Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead?
  • How do you think you might have felt if you had been there to watch Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead?
  • How does it make you feel to know Jesus has the power to raise someone from the dead?
  • How do you think this miracle help us know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?
  • Jesus Christ was the first person to be resurrected. How does it make you feel to know that you will be resurrected also?
  • What was one of your favorite “lines” from this chapter and why?
  • How do you think Lazarus felt after he was brought back to life?
  • Why do you think Jesus wept in verse 35 and what does it mean to you to know that the Savior weeps?
  • Why do you think some of the Jews would not believe in Jesus after he raised Lazarus?
  • If you knew someone who was struggling with the loss of someone they loved, what verse from this chapter would you want to tell them about and why?

Closing

Bear your testimony of the truthfulness of this story and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and has power over death.

Treat

Theater popcorn.

 

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