When we see lightning we can imagine what the women saw when they went to Jesus’ tomb! Matthew 28:2-6 reads, “And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “˜Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has risen”¦'”
In honor of Christ and these women, let’s have your students make some lightning and reflect on God’s principles in this Easter science experiment!
Easter Science Experiment: Making Resurrection Lightning
– Metal spoons
– Dark room
1. Blow up the balloons or have some of the older children blow them up.
2. Ask the children to rub the balloons all over the top of their heads.
3. Turn out the lights.
4. Have the children hold their metal spoons up to the balloons.
5. Watch what happens!
When we rub the balloons on our heads it creates static electricity, which gives the balloons an electrical charge. Metal is a conductor of electricity, so when we turn out the lights and hold our spoons to the balloons, we are seeing the electricity move from the balloon to the spoon, similar to the way electricity moves from the sky to the earth. Homemade lightning!
When we think of the angel that looked like lightning, we can understand that the women at the tomb were very scared. Like our homemade lightning, seeing such a bright light in the dark tomb must have been a surprise for them, but then the angel told them the good news that Jesus was alive! How happy they must have been!
We can also use our lightning to think about how Jesus’ resurrection was a powerful light in the darkness. He was called the “light of world.” Matthew 28:2-6 reports, And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.” He is not here; for he has risen”¦
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