Jesus Trusted His Father and Obeyed Him

Who do you trust most on earth? What would you be willing to do if they asked you? Or better yet, what wouldn’t you be willing to do? We don’t often think about obedience as a key quality of Jesus. We probably focus more on His authority, grace, and love. But Jesus’s obedience to the Father because of His trust in Him is a trait of Jesus’s that has literally changed our lives.


Obedience: Following God's commands His way, right away, all the way.

MEMORY VERSE: “If you love me, obey my commandments." John 14:15 (NLT)

This Week’s Finish Line: Jesus trusted His Father and obeyed Him .

Jesus came to live a perfect life on earth because God had a very important job for Him. Jesus came to die on a cross to pay for our sins so that instead of being separated from God forever, we could have a relationship with Him and experience His perfect love. This was something only Jesus could do. You see, we are all sinners, which means we think, say, and do things that don’t please God. Because of our sin, we could never have a relationship with God on our own. But because Jesus was perfect, meaning He never sinned even once, He did what we couldn’t do on our own and made a way for us to know God. That is a HUGE job that was waiting for Jesus. The night before He was arrested, Jesus spent some time praying in a garden called Gethsemane. Jesus knew that the best thing to do when you’re feeling scared or lonely is to talk to God about it. He confessed that He was really upset about what was about to happen and He even asked God if there was any other way. But Jesus ended His prayer by saying that He knew that God’s way was the best, even if it was going to be really hard and painful. Jesus trusted His Father and obeyed Him.

Family Questions:

READ MATTHEW 26:36-46

  1. Why was Jesus so upset? What did He know was about to happen? (He knew He was going to be arrested, beaten, and killed. Worse, He would suffer the wrath of God and full punishment for all our sins.)
  2. Was obedience going to be fun and feel good for Him?
  3. Look at verse 39. What did Jesus want most of all? (For God the Father’s will to be done.)
  4. What was Jesus’ ultimate example of obedience? (He gave up everything and died like a criminal on a cross.) Did He obey right away and all the way? (Absolutely)
  5. How did allowing Himself to be crucified on the cross show that Jesus trusted His Father? (He knew that the Father’s plan was perfect and that His sacrifice was the only way to save us from our sins so we can have a relationship with Him again.)

READ PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11

  1. What was Jesus’ ultimate example of obedience? (He gave up everything and died like a criminal on a cross.) Did He obey right away and all the way? (Absolutely)
  2. How did allowing Himself to be crucified on the cross show that Jesus trusted His Father? (He knew that the Father’s plan was perfect and that His sacrifice was the only way to save us from our sins so we can have a relationship with Him again.)

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Bring it Home Conversations & Activities:

Teacher: Meal Time

Review the story of Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane in Matthew 26. Was obedience going to be fun and feel good for Jesus? Are there times in your life that you don’t want to obey because it won’t be fun or feel good? When? What did Jesus trust was true about His Father? Is it easier or harder for you to obey when you trust the person who is giving you direction? Why? What makes them trustworthy?

Friend: Drive Time

Use time in the car this week to learn or review the memory verse as a family (John 14:15). As you’re learning it, let each person explain what they think it means in their own words.

Counselor: Bedtime

Thank God for Christ’s obedience and the gift of salvation that came from His sacrifice on the cross. Thank Him for being the perfect example of obedience for us.

Coach: Anytime

Spend time this week thinking about people you know who may not know about Jesus’s obedience to save us from our sin that we read about in God’s Word. Do you think they would want to know? How could you tell them? Make a plan for spending some time with anyone who came to mind this summer. Pray that you would show them God’s love through how you treat them and that you’d maybe even have an opportunity to share the gospel with them!

Prayer

Thank God for all the earthly blessings He has given you. Ask Him to help you put your hope in Him alone and steward your resources wisely so that you can be an example of hope to others.

Looking Ahead

Next week, we will continue in learning about obedience and how following the Lord means obeying his way!

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