Little did the disciples know that the Passover meal would be Jesus’ last meal on earth. What an experience to sit with our Savior and witness the breaking of bread and pouring of wine, symbolizing Christ’s sacrifice for us. In this season leading up to Easter, be encouraged and reminded of Christ’s incredible love for you and ask yourself how you are being called to sacrifice yourself for others.
HIGHLIGHTS from the Weekend…
This week your child learned about the last supper, Jesus’ last meal on earth. He explained to His disciples that everything He was doing was because He loved them. He also told them one of His helpers would betray Him for just a few coins. He then took bread and broke it. He told the disciples His body would be broken like the bread. He took wine and drank it. The wine was like His blood that would spill to cover our sins. He told His friends to think of Him when they ate and drank to remember all He had done for them. After dinner, Jesus and the disciples went to the garden to pray. Jesus agonized about the sin He would carry to the cross with Him and asked God to help Him. (Matthew 26:20-30; Mark 14:17-26; Luke 22:14-30, 39-53; and John 13:21-30)
- Jesus wants us to remember that He gave His life for us.
- Jesus is our Passover lamb.
"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 is Wants Us To Remember That He Gave His Life For Us and 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.
Grab a paper cup and plate. Have your child decorate the outside of the cup and plate. Talk with your child about who loves them and write their names along the sides of the plate. In the middle of the plate, write Jesus’ name and talk with your child about how Jesus loves them.
Punch holes in both the cup and plate and attach them to the hanger with yarn.
Keep the mobile and add to it each week as you approach Easter Sunday.
2. Bread for a Friend
Find a simple recipe for some homemade bread or use a favorite recipe and make pumpkin or banana nut bread. Let your child help you make the bread and talk about who he would like to give it to when you are finished. When finished have your child make a card and include a verse such as John 3:16. Lastly, deliver the bread and card to a friend or neighbor.
3. Egg Carton Supper
Using an egg carton, cut the top off and then cut it in half lengthwise. Also, cut the bottom of the egg carton in half lengthwise and tape it together so there are twelve spots. Use the flat side of the top and have your child tape stripes of paper to it, so it is like a table. Cut wide popsicle sticks in half so you have twelve of them. Have your child decorate them with faces and clothes and he can also color or draw on the “table.” Use the popsicle sticks as the disciples and place one of them in each spot in the egg carton, place the table in front of the disciples.Read the story of the Last Supper and talk with your child using these questions:
1. How did Jesus celebrate the Passover feast with His friends?
2. Can you remember anything Jesus said to His friends?
3. Which one of Jesus friends told the soldiers where He was?
4. Who is our Passover Lamb?
God, thank you for Jesus and how his sacrifice was enough. That because of him, we have a direct access to you, our perfect Heavenly Father. We pray you would continue to teach and encourage us in your Truth and that we would be more devoted followers of you.
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