- What was the feast of Passover? A time for God’s people to remember when God brought his people out of Egypt!
- Where did Jesus and his disciples go to celebrate Passover? Jerusalem
- What was Jesus talking about when he said “the hour has come?” He knew that he was going to die soon.
- Was Jesus surprised by that? No! (In fact, it was part of God’s plan from the beginning. Jesus knew that he was going to go through a lot or really hard things: He’d be betrayed by his friends, feel sadness and pain, and would be put to death. But, he also knew that he was doing it all to take the punishment for our sin and restore our relationship with God).
- Even though Jesus knew he was going to die, who did he spend time praying for? His disciples, and all the people who would come to believe in God (that includes YOU!)
- What did Jesus pray? That the disciples would be protected, that they would show God to others, and that all people who followed him someday would help others come to know Jesus and believe that he died for their sins.
- What does the word COMPEL mean? To drive or urge; a strong desire to do something! For example: if you spilled your sister’s paint on her carpet you might feel compelled to run away before she sees that you were the one who did it!
- God’s love compelled Jesus to do the opposite. He didn’t run away, he went through all those horrible things willingly – all because he loved us and wanted to fix what was broken in our relationship with God.
- Have you ever felt compelled to do something for someone? What happened? (Maybe you shared something special that belonged to you, or gave clothes or food to someone in need).
- Who is someone you can share God’s love with this week?
Parents / Guardians: can you think of a time when God compelled you to step out in love? What happened? Sharing your story can help your child understand practical ways to share Jesus’ love with those around them! If you want to do something special as a family to share Jesus’ love this week, some ideas would be: donate to a local food pantry or shelter, bringing a meal to someone, or write cards/notes to family or friends and mail them.
What you need:
- Clear, plastic glass
- Strong (child-safe) magnet
- Paper clips (or small nails/ other small items that would stick to a magnet)
What you do:
- Fill the glass of water halfway with water and place it on a table. Drop the paper clips (or other small metal items) inside the cup.
- Hold the magnet to the side of the glass and move it around, watching how the paper clips respond to the magnet.
- If your child is old enough to safely handle the magnet, allow them a chance to feel the tug of the magnet on the items in the cup.
- Follow up with the questions below!
EGC KIDS TIP: For our families with young children, if you do not want to use magnets or small objects like paper clips, you could instead use a straw and a cup filled with cereal pieces that are lightweight but larger than the end of the straw (suck through the straw to “stick” the pieces of cereal to the end of the straw, or blow through the straw to move them around the table).
- When we know and love God, how are our hearts like the paper clips? God’s love tugs on our hearts too – compelling us to follow his voice, and show other’s His love!
- 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 tells us that the same love that compelled Jesus to die for us is the love that God puts in us when we know Him. When share God’s love, we’re showing others what Jesus is like, just like Jesus prayed we would.
- Sometimes, especially when we’re angry about something, we don’t feel like acting in love. But God wants to change our hearts to make us more like Him – and give us HIS love for others.
- Take some time to pray right now that God would help you understand and know His love, and that He would help you love others. If you haven’t been very loving lately, talk to him about it, and ask Him to forgive you (he always does!).
To help you memorize today’s verse, print it out (see printable below) and practice it a couple of times together. Then, cover one word at a time with one of the paper clips from the compelling magnets activity or a small piece of paper. See if you can still say the verse with some of the words covered up! (For older children, or to make it more challenging, cover more than one word at a time).
Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):