Upper Elementary


Lesson Easter Sunday 


Spring 2019


By: Lea Vaverchak 


April 21, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Jesus traded His life for our sins.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 27:1-50; 28:1-6; 2 Corinthians 5:15-21

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a short clip about fan excitement over an athletic trade as they explore how Jesus traded His life for our sins.

Memory Verse:

God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
—2 Corinthians 5:21

Step 1:

Students will watch a short clip about fan excitement over an athletic trade as they explore how Jesus traded His life for our sins.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • What are things we can trade with others? (Answers might include: baseball cards. our lunches, doing chores for money, etc.)
  • What is the best trade you ever made? Why? (Answers may include: Trading rooms with my brother, because now I have more room for my stuff; trading my favorite jersey for an autographed baseball, because I’ve always wanted an autograph from that player; etc.)

Recently the NFL world was rocked by a shocking trade during the off-season.  The New York Giants traded their star wide receiver, Odell Beckham Jr., to the Cleveland Browns.  The news stunned the sports world and fans of both teams.  Since OBJ is one of the biggest stars in the NFL right now, Browns’ fans were ecstatic.  Recordings surfaced online of grown men screaming and one man even crying over the trade. Let’s watch another fan’s viral reaction:

Please play the following clip [1:00]:
Cleveland Browns fan so excited about Odell Beckham Jr. trade, neighbors call 911-abc7ny.com


  • Why do you think this Browns fan was so excited? (Possible answers: He never expected his team would get someone so good; he was totally surprised by the news; he’s hoping they go to the Super Bowl now; etc.)
  • How do you think the New York Giants fans reacted to the loss of such a great player? (Answers will vary but might include: They were probably angry and confused over why they would do such a thing, etc.)
  • Have you ever had a memorable reaction to something you were excited about? Tell us about it. (Students may share things similar to these examples:  My mom telling us she was going to have a baby—I screamed so loud, my best friend being in the same class as me at school—we were jumping up and down and hugging because we were so excited, etc.)

This was an incredible trade.  It was unexpected, shocking, and emotional for so many people.  Browns fans suddenly have newfound hope that maybe this year they’ll make it to the Super Bowl.  A trade like this brings new life to everyone involved. 

Today, we’re going to talk about the biggest trade in all of history.  A trade that has brought hope and new life to millions upon millions of people.  A trade in which one side gave up everything, so the other side could have it all. 

Additional resources:
Grading the Odell Beckham Jr. trade from Giants to Brown-Who won?

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • “In Christ Alone” lyrics printouts (1 per student; template found here contains 2 per sheet)
  • Pens/pencils
  • Optional: Highlighters

Before class, print out copies of the “In Christ Alone” lyrics and cut them apart; the template here has two per page. Prepare one copy of lyrics for each student.

Jesus traded His life for our sins.  It’s an astounding trade.  He gave up everything for us—that’s how much He loves us. 

Pass out highlighters (optional) or pens/pencils and the lyrics to “In Christ Alone” to each student.  Ask your preteens to listen quietly and follow along with the lyrics as they listen, highlighting or circling any words or phrases that stand out to them.

Play for your preteens the following song [5:56]:
In Christ Alone The Solid Rock. w/Travi Cottrell

You may choose to play the song a second time so that students have a chance to refine their highlights.

  • What are some of the words and phrases you highlighted? (Answers will vary; be sure to include your own answers.)
  • What made them stand out to you? (Answers will vary but may include: It was a reminder that my sin was laid on Him on the cross as He died; gives me confidence because I know that Jesus is in charge of my future, and I can trust Him.  Be sure to include your own answers.)

Have students turn their papers over and take some time to write down what the words they highlighted mean to them.  Then, using those words and phrases, as well as anything else they’ve learned today, have them spend time in prayer sharing with God what they’ve been writing and expressing to Him their gratitude for the sacrifice Jesus was willing to make for them.  Take this opportunity to tell your class if there is anyone who would like to talk further about salvation, you would love to meet with them after class. Help for sharing the Gospel with this age group is found in your teacher’s guide.

Easter Sunday is a day of rejoicing.  Jesus has risen from the grave!  He is alive!  Jesus traded His life so our sins can be forgiven when we choose to put our faith in Him.  Our sins are wiped clean, and we become brand new creations.   That deserves loads of celebration!

Take the lyrics to this song this week and put them in your Bibles.  Look back over the phrases you highlighted and think about why they impacted you.  What did they make you think about?  How did they make you feel?  Then pray about your thoughts and feelings.  Share with God all that’s on your heart.

Easter doesn’t have to be celebrated only one day.  We can rejoice and celebrate every day, knowing Jesus traded His life for our sins! 

Pray to close.

In Christ Alone (My Hope Is Found)

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