It is awful to think of Jesus like this – nailed to a cross, suffering and dying -- 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 the Weekend…
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 that He died for our sins.
- 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
3 Activities that Help Us Learn That Jesus Loves Us So Much That He Died For Our Sins and He Took On the Punishment For Our Sins:
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 times around the center of the cross before hanging it on the mobile.
2. Thank You, Jesus
Grab your family or your community group. Have everyone sit in a circle and talk about how Jesus died on the cross for each of us and how thankful we are that Jesus died for us. Use a sheet of paper with a smiley-face on it that you created ahead of time. Have everyone start passing the paper around while music is playing.When the music stops, the person holding the paper jumps up and says, “Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for me.” Continue to play the game.
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 your child’s 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 we thank you for teaching us this week. Thank you for Easter and for Jesus' sacrifice to forgive and save us. We pray you would use these activities and truths to grow our love and trust of you.
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