This week’s lesson is based on Luke 22:63-24:8
- Can you think of some real (or imaginary) people who rescue others? Firefighters, policemen, superheroes!
- All of those people rescue others from something, right? Whether it’s from a fire or an emergency or an imaginary villain, they rescue people who need their help!
- Did you know that Jesus came to rescue us? It’s true!
- In the beginning, God created Adam and Eve – and their relationship with God, and each other was perfect! But then, what happened? Adam and Eve chose to disobey God and do what they wanted to do – eat the fruit he told them not to!
- Their disobedience was called sin, and their sin separated them from God, and brought death and sickness and pain into the world.
- But, God loves people and wanted to fix His relationship with us, so he had a plan. What was God’s plan to rescue us from all those things? Jesus!
- At first, God’s plan didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense. Jesus died! It seemed like death had won. But, what happened on the third day? Jesus rose from the dead!
- Did everyone believe that Jesus had risen from the dead at first? No. It sounded crazy to people. And, even people who saw him didn’t recognize him at first.
- When Jesus died, he took the punishment for sin that we deserve. Does anything stand in between us and God now? NO! Not even death!
- Can ANYONE become part of God’s family? Yes. Anyone who believes in Jesus and decides to follow Him becomes part of His family because of God’s plan to rescue us through Jesus!
What you need:
- Three plastic non-see-through cups.
- One small item that won’t make noise inside a cup (ie: cotton ball).
What you do:
- Place all the cups upside down on the table in a single row.
- Take the cotton ball (or item of choice) and place it under one cup.
- Without moving the cups off the table, move them around and then place them back in the single row.
- See who can guess where the cotton ball is, or if they find the “empty tomb!”
- Take turns as a family guessing or moving the cups. As you play, talk about what it must have been like to have found an empty tomb! How would you have felt? What would you have done?
To help you memorize this week’s verse, take one of the cups from the empty tomb cup challenge and try to balance it on your head while you say your verse! See if you can say the whole thing before the cup topples off! (Hint: for older children, you can add in an extra challenge – like standing on one foot, or spinning in a circle). If the cup falls off before you complete your verse, start again!
- Jesus had to go through some really hard things when he died. You can read about his death and resurrection with your family in Luke 22:63-24:8 or in your favorite Children’s Bible.
- For older children the Gospel Project gives a really fantastic summary here:
- After you read (or watch), take some time as a family to thank Jesus for taking the punishment that you deserved and repairing your relationship with God.
- Thank him for being your rescuer, and for defeating death, so that you can live (now, as a child of God, and with Him forever!)
Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):