It is awful to think of Jesus like this – nailed to a cross, but it is good for us to remember because He did it for us. Jesus, who never did anything wrong, took the punishment for our sins. Jesus loves us so much He died for us.
HIGHLIGHTS from Sunday…
This week your child learned Jesus died on the cross to take the eternal punishment for our sins. Jesus was taken to Pilate, who chose to crucify Jesus and let a murderer (Barabbas) go free. The guards beat him, placed a crown of thorns on his head and made him carry his own heavy cross through the town, up to the hill where He would die. Jesus was nailed to the cross and hung there to die between two prisoners. It became very dark, and the sun stopped shining. When Jesus had died, He was taken off the cross and laid in a tomb. A large stone was placed at the entrance of the tomb and guards were posted there. (Matthew 27:15-61, Mark 15, Luke 23, John 18:19-19:42 )
- Jesus loves us so much He died for us.
- Jesus took the punishment for our sins.
“But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
Romans 5:8 (NLT)
Here’s a simple song to help your child (and you) memorize this week’s memory verse!
3 Activities that remind us Jesus is our Passover Lamb:
1. Easter Mobile
Continue adding to your Easter mobile or create a new one with your child using a coat hanger, pieces of yarn and various items. If you are just starting your mobile, write “Easter” on a piece of paper and let your child to decorate it with crayons. Tape this paper across the middle part of the hanger.
This week, with your child, make a cross to hang from the mobile. You can make the cross out of several different things – 1. Your child can cut one out of brown construction paper. 2. He can glue Popsicle sticks together. 3. Find two sticks from outside and use a rubber band to wrap around the intersecting point. Punch a hole in the top of the construction paper cross or for the Popsicle sticks and other sticks wrap the yarn several time about the center of the cross before hanging it on the mobile.
2. Easter Jars
Filling jars with jellybeans is an easy way to share the Easter story with friends and neighbors. You can use spice jars, jelly jars or baby food jars. Help your child fill a jar with various colored jelly beans to correspond to the elements of the Easter story. Make them as simple or detailed as you want. For example, green jelly beans can represent the palm branches people waved as Jesus entered Jerusalem, red is for His precious blood, black for the sin He washed from your soul and mine, yellow for the bright light that shone at the empty tomb when the angel said, “He has risen,” and blue for the heavens when He ascended after His resurrection. Print out the meaning of your jellybeans on cards (they can of course be different than the ones above), tie a card to each jar and give as gifts. Brainstorm with your child friends and neighbors who he would like to give the jars to along with an invitation to come to church.
3. Jesus died for my sin and yours too
Grab a magazine or book with lots of children’s faces in them. Talk to your child about how Jesus died for his sin and everyone else’s sin, too. Take a sheet of paper and write on the top “Jesus died for my sin and yours, too.” Cut out the faces of the people in the magazine and have your child glue them on the paper.
Lord, thank you so much for sending your son, Jesus, to die on the cross for my sins so that I will live in Heaven with you one day!
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