Jesus on Trial

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1. Story (based on Luke 22:63-71; 23:1-25)
(Option: get kids to act out the trials etc. Can be impromptu or rehearsed.)

  • Last week we learned that Jesus was arrested and brought to the High Priest’s house.  
    • The Jewish religious leaders did not like Jesus.
    • They felt threatened by Him because of His growing popularity — ever since Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, they have been trying to get rid of Him.
    • They thought He was wrong to claim that He was the Son of God.  They called that blasphemy.
  • So they put Him through several trials in an attempt to find him guilty of something so he could be punished with death.
  • Jesus & the Council of Elders (Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law)
    • In the morning, the council of elders met together, and Jesus was brought before them.
    •  They tried to look for evidence against Jesus, but they did not find any. Many testified falsely against Him, but their statements did not agree (Mark 14:55-56)
    •  They challenged Him: “If you are the Messiah, tell us.”
    • Jesus did not want to answer: “If I tell you, you will not believe me.  But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the mighty God.”
    •  They asked Him again, “Are you then the Son of God?”
    • Jesus still didn’t fall into their trap. So He answered, “You say that I am.”
    • At that, the High Priest tore his clothes and said “Why do we need any more testimony? We have heard it from His own lips!”
    •  They condemned Jesus. Those guarding Him began mocking and beating Him. They blindfolded Him and demanded, “Prophesy! Who hit you?” And they said many insulting things to Him.
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  •  Jesus & Pilate
    • The soldiers and the council then took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor.
    • They accused Jesus, saying that Jesus was trying to lead a rebellion, that He opposes payment of taxes to Caesar and claims to be the King of the Jews — the Jews were under the Roman’s rule at that time.
    • Pilate took Jesus into his judgement hall and talked to him for a while. He was surprised at His wisdom.
    • Pilate asked, “Are you the King of the Jews?”
    • Again Jesus replied saying, “You have said so.”
    • Then Pilate announced to the chief priests and crowd, “I find no basis for a charge against this man.”
    • The crowd was still not happy. They still cried out for His death.
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  • Jesus & Herod
    • When Pilate heard that Jesus was from Galilee, he sent him to see King Herod, who was in charge of Galilee.
    •  Herod was very pleased to see Jesus because He had heard a lot about Him and had wanted to see Him for some time.
    • He wanted Jesus to perform a miracle for Him. He asked Him many questions. But Jesus did not answer.
    • Then Herod got impatient, and he and his soldiers ridiculed and mocked Jesus. They put a robe on Him and sent Him back to Pilate.
  • Jesus & Pilate again, with the crowd
    • Pilate called the people together and told them, “You brought me this man as one who was inciting the people to rebellion. I have examined him in your presence and have found no basis for your charges against him.  Neither has Herod, for he sent him back to us; as you can see, he has done nothing to deserve death. Therefore, I will punish him and then release him.” 
    • But the crowd insisted that Jesus be crucified. “Crucify him! Crucify him!”
    • Three times Pilate tried to reason with them. “Why? What crime has this man committed? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore I will have him punished and then release him.”
    • But at the crowd’s insistence, and Pilate’s fear of being rejected by the people, Jesus was handed over to be crucified.
2.  Lesson: 
  • 3 groups of people examined Jesus:
    • The Religious Council — Chief Priests and Teachers of the Law
    • Pilate, the Governor
    • Herod, the King
  •  All of them could not find anything against Jesus.
    • There were NO evidence, NO basis, NO grounds
    • Pilate himself said, “He has done NOTHING to deserve death.”
  • At the beginning of His ministry, Jesus was tried and tested and tempted in the desert by Satan, and He was found sinless.
  • At the end of His ministry, Jesus was tried and tested and tempted by the religious council, Pilate and Herod, and He was found innocent.
  • Heb 4:15 This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.
  • Jesus is the holy, righteous and sinless Lamb of God who was qualified to take away the sins of the world — your sins and my sins. If He had sinned, He would not have been able to die in our place. But because He was tried and found sinless, He can take all our sins in exchange for His righteousness.
  •  Memory Verse: 2 Cor 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
 

Peter denies Jesus

Categories: Children's Church

1. Story (based on Luke 22:31-34; 54-62)

  • Last week we learned that Jesus was in the garden of Gethsemane. He obeyed the Father’s will and He gave Himself willingly to those who came to arrest Him.
  • Simon Peter, his disciple, was with him.
  • Earlier at the Passover meal, Jesus had prophesied that His disciples would desert him.
  • But Peter boasted to Jesus, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” He thought he could do anything, and he was proud. He thought he was willing and able to go all the way for Jesus, even if it meant going to prison or to die for him … even if ALL the other disciples fell away, he would not. Peter was boasting in himself!
  • Jesus told him, though, that “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny 3 times that you know me.”
  • In fact, when Jesus was arrested, Peter was the one who swung his sword to cut off the High Priest’s servant’s ear. He thought he was being brave and strong.Peter was acting in his flesh.
  • But when Jesus was led away to the house of the High Priest, Peter followed … at a distance. There was a fire in the middle of the courtyard, and people were sitting around it. Peter went close to the fire and sat down.
  • A servant girl saw him there. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with Jesus.” But Peter denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him.”
  • Later on, someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.Peter replied. “Man, I am not!”
  • About an hour later another person said, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.”  Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!”
  • Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. Jesus turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered what Jesus had said to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” 
  • And he went outside and wept bitterly. Peter failed.

2. Lesson:

  • When we boast in ourselves, we think we are better than everyone else, even God.
  • Peter wanted to die for Jesus — in His place. He thought that was the right thing to do. But his death would not have accomplished anything. Only Jesus’ death would have any effect.
  • Earlier in the dinner, Peter wanted to wash Jesus’ feet too. He thought it was the humble and right thing for a disciple to wash His master’s feet. But he didn’t realize that only Jesus could wash us clean. We cannot wash ourselves or Him clean on our own.
  • We should realize that it’s not what we can do, but what Jesus has done for us. If we boast, let us boast in the Lord! (2 Cor 10:17)
  • When we act in the flesh, we don’t flow with the Spirit.
    • Peter was all full of bravado and gungho-ness. He thought he could help Jesus by cutting off the servant’s ear. He thought he could help Jesus escape from his captors.
    • But Jesus touched the servant’s ear and healed it. Jesus was following the Spirit’s leading. He told God that He was obeying God’s will, not His own.
    • Because Jesus died, rose again and went to heaven, He gave us His Holy Spirit to live with us forever. Before we act or react, let us listen to the Spirit. Ask God, “Please teach me what to do. Help me to act according to Your will, not mine.”
  • When we fail, Jesus helps us up in love.
    • Jesus told Peter that He was praying for him.
    • Jesus knew Peter would be tested and Satan will try to shake him. Jesus knew that despite Peter’s brave words, he will deny him 3 times.
    • But Jesus was ready to restore Peter back in love. He was ready to catch Peter and help him turn back and strengthen his brothers. He forgave him.
    • When we fail, Jesus is there to catch us and to help us back. He will never let us go!
  • Three times Peter said, “I am not.” Three times Jesus said, “I am He.” (John 18)
    • What we cannot do, He can.
    • We cannot fulfill God’s standards. We cannot pay for our own sins. We fail and fall.
    • And in all these weaknesses, Jesus is strong. What we cannot, He can. Who we are not, He is.
    • So don’t look to ourselves. Fix our eyes on Jesus — the Lamb of God who came to take away the sins of the world!
2. Activity Suggestions
  • Worksheets: Wordsearch

Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

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Lesson: Jesus obeyed the Father’s Will



1. Lesson (based on Luke 22:39-53)

  • Last week we learned about Jesus celebrating the Passover meal with his disciples. Anyone remembers what Jesus did after the meal? (broke bread and gave the cup) What does the bread and cup signify for us? (broken body and shed blood of Jesus)
  • After the dinner, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. His disciples followed Him.
  • When they reached the garden, He told them to stay there and pray, while He went a short distance away by Himself.
  • Jesus obeyed the Father’s Will and took the cup of punishment for us
    • Then Jesus went on His knees and prayed. “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.”
    • Jesus knew He was going to die soon. He knew it would be a terrible death. He would suffer and be in pain. He would be taking on God’s punishment and judgment for the sins of the whole world. He would be separated from the Father.
    • This prompted Him to ask God if it’s possible for Him to not take this cup of judgment.
    • He was in so much anguish that His sweat dropped to the ground like drops of blood!
    • But thankfully for all of us, Jesus continued to say “Yet not My will, but Yours be done.”
    • In the beginning of creation, there was Adam in the Garden of Eden. Adam disobeyed God’s instructions to eat from the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (Gen 3) He wanted to be like God and make decisions on his own about what was good/evil. Because of His disobedience, sin entered the world and we were all separated from God.
    • In this Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was fully man yet also fully God. But He subjected Himself not to His own will, but to the will of God. And because of His obedience, our sins could all be paid for and we can be reconciled with God!
    • TQ Jesus for obeying the Father and taking the cup of punishment for us!
  • Jesus was alone so that we would never have to be alone
    • Jesus’ disciples followed Him to the garden. Jesus told them to wait and pray.
    • But when He went to see them, they were fast asleep!
    • Those closest to Him were not there to support Him! Only God’s angels came to minister to Him in His time of greatest need.
    • And to make matters worse, one of His own disciples, Judas Iscariot, came bringing a crowd of soldiers to arrest Jesus. As a sign, Judas tried to give Jesus a kiss on the cheek, so the soldiers knew who to arrest. Your own friend, turning you over to your enemies, and insulting you with a kiss! How do you think Jesus felt?
    • But Jesus did not try to run away. He did not attack the soldiers. One of His disciples, Peter, actually cut off the ear of the High Priest’s servant, but Jesus touched the man’s ear and healed him!
    • Jesus stepped forward and allowed Himself to be arrested, out of love for you and me!
    • TQ Jesus for offering yourself willingly for us!
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  • Jesus offered Himself willingly for us
    • When Judas came with the soldiers, one of Jesus’ disciples, Peter, struck the servant of the High Priest and cut off his right ear!
    • Jesus could have taken opportunity of that moment to run away and hide. Instead, He reprimanded His disciple and touched the servant’s ear and healed him!
    • In fact, when the soldiers said they were looking for Jesus, twice Jesus said that He was the one (John 18:5, 8).
    • When the time came for someone to pay for the sins of the world, Jesus stood up and said, “I am He!”
    • TQ Jesus that You were willing to take my place and die for my sins!
  • Conclusion
    • Jesus obeyed the Father’s Will and took the cup of punishment for us
    • Jesus was alone so that we would never have to be alone
    • Jesus offered Himself willingly for us
 
2. Activity Suggestions
  • Worksheet
  • Colouring sheet
  •  Sharing in prayer in small groups: What does what Jesus did in that Garden mean to you?
 

Jesus celebrates the Passover Meal

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1. Lesson (based on Luke 22:7-23, 1 Cor 11: 24-25)
Props needed: bread and cup (we will take communion together as a class)
  • Jesus had been preparing for His death since He came into Jerusalem on a donkey.
  • Then came the time for the Passover Feast.
    • A major annual Jewish celebration
    • To remember the time God delivered the Israelites from Egypt
    • God told the Israelites to prepare the Passover meal — lamb and unleavened bread — and to spread the blood of the lamb on their door posts so that the angel of death will pass over them.

A. Initiation of the New Covenant

  • Jesus told His disciples to go make preparations for the Passover meal.
  • As they were eating at the table, Jesus did 2 things:
    •  Took the BREAD and broke it, giving it to His disciples
      •  He said:  “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”
    • Took the CUP, gave to His disciples
      •  Saying: “In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
  • Jesus was foretelling His disciples that He was going to die; and when He died, He was cutting the New Covenant with God. 
  • Man could not keep the Old Covenant with God, so Jesus had to come to fulfill the Old on our behalf and start the New.
B.      What did the bread and cup symbolize?
  • BREAD: Jesus’ Body
    • The unleavened bread had no yeast, was baked, pierced and striped; Jesus broke it before giving it to the disciples
    • On the cross: Jesus’ body would be torn apart for us (broken). It would be whipped (striped) and pierced (by the soldier’s spear).
  • CUP: Jesus’ Blood
    • Just like the Passover Lamb’s blood was spread over the Israelites’ door posts, keeping them safe from the angel of death, Jesus’ shed blood caused God’s punishment and judgment for our sins to pass over us.
    • Exodus 12:13 “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.”
 
C.      What did the bread and cup symbolize?
  • What does the bread and cup mean to me?
    • BREAD: Jesus’ Body was broken so mine can be healed and whole
      • Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
      • When we eat the bread, we remember what Jesus has done on the cross for us and that His body was broken so that we can be healed.
      • Whatever sicknesses we may have, we can see it on Jesus as He hung on the cross for us. And His divine health and healing becoming ours.
    • CUP: Jesus’ Blood was shed for my complete forgiveness and righteousness
      • Matthew 26:28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
      • Under this New Covenant, it’s no longer about what we do or don’t do, but everything about what Jesus has done on the cross for us!
      • When we drink the cup, we remember that Jesus’ blood paid the price for our sins so that we can stand before God totally forgiven! We have traded all our sins and unworthiness for His righteousness.
    • Every time we eat of the bread and drink of the cup, we proclaim the death of Christ! 
    • We also proclaim that we are part of God’s covenant people.
 
D.      Covenant Meal
  • Have the kids sit down quietly. Pass out the bread and the cup.
  • Hold up the bread. Say, “This bread symbolizes the body of Jesus that was broken for us so that we can enjoy His wholeness and healing. If anyone of you have a sickness, imagine Jesus on the cross with the same sickness … the same headache, or pain or flu. He took it all for you. So that today, you have His divine health.”
  •  Pray: Thank you Jesus that Your body was broken so mine can be healed and whole. Amen.
  • Eat the bread.
  • Hold up the cup. Say, “This cup represents the blood of Jesus that was shed on the cross for you and me. This blood paid the punishment of our sins. So today we don’t need to be punished anymore. All our sins are forgiven and we can stand righteous before God.
  • Pray:  Thank you Jesus that Your blood was shed so that I can be completely forgiven and righteous before You.
  • Drink the cup.

Signs of the Times

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Lesson: Jesus is Coming Again Soon


1. Lesson (based on Luke 17:20-37; 21:5-37)

  • Introduction:
    • Show some pictures of common road signs and get children to guess what each one means.
    • These signs show us what to expect when we are driving on the road. They serve as warnings and reminders of what lies ahead so that we can be aware and prepared.
  • Before He died, Jesus also spoke about signs — these signs tell us that after He goes back to be with the Father, He is coming again.
  • He told a Parable of the Trees (Luke 21:29-31) — During the winter time, the trees all drop their leaves. But when you see new leaves begin to grow, then you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these signs, you know that Jesus is coming back again soon.
  • Some of these signs are:
    • Attacks on the Church:
      • The Church will be persecuted for believing in Jesus — brought before rulers
      • Family — parents, brothers, sisters, relatives — and friends will hate and betray you even to death.
      • But Jesus tells us not to worry. He is our wisdom — He will tell us what to do or to say. We will be able to share about Jesus with all these people
      • We don’t have to worry what people do to us. If we stay in Jesus, He will take care of us. Jesus says “Not a hair of your head will perish.”
    • In Nature / In the Natural World:
      • Great earthquakes, famines and diseases in various places (can show pix or news reports of Japan, New Zealand and China earthquakes; H1N1, Bird Flu etc)
      • Great signs from heaven — the sun, moon and stars; you might feel like the sky is falling!
      • Roaring and tossing of the sea (e.g. Boxing Day and Japanese Tsunamis)
      • The earth is longing for Jesus to return. Creation has been groaning in expectation. (Rom 8:22)
      • When you hear of natural disasters or epidemics, remember … Jesus is coming again soon!
    • Wannabes / Great Pretenders:
      • Jesus said that many will come and pretend to be Him. People may run after them or follow these people. Jesus warns us not to believe or follow them.
      • Jesus tells us that no one will know the exact time of His coming. Only God knows. And it will come suddenly.
      • Jesus tells us that when He comes again, the whole world can see Him at once! He will be like the lightning — flashing and lighting up the sky from one end to the other. He will come in a cloud with power and great glory.
      • We don’t have to listen to others who tell us to go somewhere to see Jesus because we can ALL see Him! And He is coming back for US!
  • What we can do:
    • Be watchful: Each time we see one of these signs, we know that Jesus is coming again soon! So don’t focus on the cares of life (just being concerned about day-to-day worries and pleasures), but look forward to Jesus’ coming again because He is bringing us back to the Father!
    • Do not fear: These things may seem scary, but it’s the beginning of something great — the Bible says it’s like “birth pangs”, when a mummy is giving birth to a new baby. At first it seems painful and scary, but then new life comes out.
    • Jesus = forever! Everything around us may go. Our friends may go. The earth may go. But Jesus will never go.
  • Memory Verse: Luke 21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

2. Activity Suggestion

  • Worksheet

The Widow’s Gift

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Lesson: Jesus gave us His all

1. Story

  • Talk about Jesus and the Widow’s offering, based on Luke 21:1-4 (you can choose to act it out)
  • Jesus sees the heart
    • Jesus saw the gifts people were bringing into the temple. Some brought in huge bags. But others, like this woman, only had two small copper coins.
    • Even though the value of the money was insignificant, but that was all the widow had, and she gave it.
    • To Jesus, that two small coins given from the heart was worth more than the huge amounts put in by the rich people.
    • So whatever gift you want to give to God, give it cheerfully, from the heart — even though the amount may be small.
 

2. Lesson

  • Jesus gave His all
    • Jesus was God’s only begotten Son. And God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son — His all — so that we can have eternal life (John 3:16).
    • When Jesus left heaven, He left everything just so He can come down to earth to die for us and give His life for us.
    • If God had given us His Son, how would He not give us everything else? (Rom 8:32)
  • We can receive all that Jesus has given to us
    • Like the widow, we are actually poor. We don’t have anything worth very much. Our lives, our good works, our offerings are like two dirty, copper coins.
    • But we can give this life to Jesus, we tell Him, “Lord, take my life. It’s not worth very much, but I give it to you.”
    • Jesus came to earth, left His riches and glory, to take on our poverty and pain. So that we can receive His riches and glory.
    • And when we give Jesus this life, we are actually exchanging it for His divine life, which is full and abundant.
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  • Memory Verse: 2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.
3. Activity Suggestion
  • Memory Verse Review:
    • Use an activity or game to help the kids remember the Memory Verse
    • Some ideas here and here
    • Worksheets
      • Crossword
    • Wordsearch
4. Closing Prayer:
  • Thank you Jesus that You left all You had to come to die for us so that we may live your abundant life. All we have to give you is our life — like the two simple copper coins. Please take it and exchange it for your Divine Life, that Jesus can live in us and through us forever. In your name I pray, Amen!

 

Jesus vs the Pharisees & Sadducees

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Lesson: Jesus our Wisdom

1. Story:

  • Tell the account of Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees and Sadducees based on Luke 20:20-39
  • Last week, we talked about the Parable of the Tenants — how the religious leaders tried to challenge Jesus’ authority but failed.
  • So they tried to trap Jesus by sending spies to ask him trick questions. They hoped to get Jesus to say something wrong, so that they could get him arrested.
  • There were two groups of religious leaders — the Pharisees and the Sadducees.
    • The Pharisees: a group of Jews who pride themselves in being set apart from the other Jews because of their strict adherence to Jewish laws and rituals
    • The Sadducees (e.g. “sad-you-see”): they were Jewish religious leaders from wealthy families because they worked with the Roman government. They did not believe that people could be raised from the dead or that angels existed.
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  • The Pharisees went first.
    • The question: The Pharisees asked Jesus whether the Jews should support the Roman government with taxes (giving the Romans part of their income) e.g. your mummy and daddy have to give the government part of their salary ever y year so that the government has money to spend.
    • The trick: If Jesus said they should, the people would be angry for they hated the Romans and expected their Messiah to defeat Rome. If Jesus said they shouldn’t, the Pharisees could turn him in to the Romans for rebellion.
    • Jesus’ answer: Jesus asked for a coin and asked whose face was on it. It was Caesar — the Roman governor. Then Jesus said, “Give to Caesar’s what is [already] his, and give to God what is [already] his.” Jesus described a difference between what was God’s and what was man’s. God wanted the heart of his people, which they would not give. Caesar’s wanted their money, which they didn’t like. Jesus said there was no conflict. Besides, it is all God’s to begin with.
      • Illustration: Show a dollar note. Ask the kids whose face appears on it. (On the Ringgit Malaysia, the first Prime Minister’s face is on the note) Tell them that the face that appears on the money represents the authority and ownership of the money, ie the government. So the money belongs to the government. 
      • Likewise, whose face appears on us? Refer to Gen 1:26-27. God’s face, because we are made in His image. Hence who do we belong to? God!
    • The response: The Pharisees failed. They were astonished by Jesus’ wise answer and became silent.
 
  • The Sadducees went next.
    • The question: When a man dies without any children, his brother must marry his widow and raise children for him. If there were seven brothers, and the first brother died, the second brother had to marry his wife. If the second brother died, the third had to marry the wife. And so on … until all seven brothers had died, and in the end, the wife also died. When they are resurrected (if there’s really such a thing as a resurrection … which the Sadducees didn’t believe in), then whose wife would the woman be?
    • The trick: They thought this question proved there was no life after death. They were attempting to make Jesus look uneducated.
    • Jesus’ answer: Life after death is not like life here — there is no marriage. When we are resurrection, we’ll be like the angels and live as God’s children. Jesus also challenged the Sadducees denial of the resurrection — God said he is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, not was their God. He’s not the God of the dead but of the living.
    • The response: The teachers of the law were impressed again. “Well said, teacher!” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
  • The conclusion:
    • Despite their best efforts, the religious leaders could not trick Jesus because He was wise. He didn’t get into unnecessary arguments and debates but was able to explain things in a way that no one could argue with Him.
    • When we accept Jesus, we are in Him and He is our wisdom! We would be able to answer people as well as Jesus did. And when we don’t know what to do, remember that Jesus’ wisdom will help us in every situation.
    • Memory verse: 1 Cor 1: 30 But God has united you with Christ, and God has made Christ to be our wisdom. 

 

4. Activity Suggestion
  • Memory Verse Review: Use an activity or game to help the kids remember the Memory Verse
  • Sharing & Prayer: Share an occasion or incident when you didn’t know what to do. Did you ask Jesus, your wisdom, for help? Would you ask Him to give you wisdom next time?

Parable of the Tenants

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Lesson: Jesus is the chief cornerstone

1. Story:

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  • Tell the Parable of the Tenants based on Luke 20:1-19 and Mark 12:1-12.
          check out these great pictures here (sermon4kids.com)
  • The chief priests and teachers of the law didn’t like Jesus. Jesus was always talking about the Good News that God had for his people. They did not want other people hearing about God from Him. They did not believe that Jesus was God’s Son.
  • They demanded to know what authority he had. So Jesus told them this parable.
    • One day a man planted a vineyard. A vineyard is a place where they grow grapes so they can make wine. The owner put a big wall around it. Then he dug a big hole, called a winepress, in the ground so he could crush and squeeze all the juice out of the fruit.
    • The owner needed to go on a trip, so he found some farmers to stay at the vineyard to work while he was away.
    • Then the time finally came when the fruit was ready to be eaten and used to make wine. So the owner sent someone back to the vineyard to collect some of the fruit.
    • The farmers saw this person coming. What do you think they did? They grabbed him, beat him up, and sent him back with nothing.
    • The owner found out what happened. He sent another person to try and collect some grapes. Do you know what happened? They also beat him and treated him shamefully and sent him back empty handed.
    • So the owner sent still another person. Do you know what they did this time? The farmers wounded the man and threw him out!
    • The owner then decided to send his own son.  He loved his son very much. He thought to himself, “The farmers will respect my son.”
    • The farmers recognized who the man’s son was. They said to themselves, “This is his son. When the owner dies, his son will get the vineyard. But if we kill his son, then the only ones left to get the vineyard will be us.” So they killed him too, and threw him out of the vineyard.
  • After Jesus shared this story, he asked the leaders a question. “What will the owner of the vineyard do now? He will come and kill all those farmers and then give the vineyard to other people.”
  •  Then Jesus quoted from Psalm 118. “Haven’t you read what Scripture says, ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the most important stone of all.”
2. Lesson(extra scripture verses are for your personal reference/study. Not necessary to mention all to the kids … maybe only 1 or 2 key ones. Tks)
  • Who were the people in this story?
    • The vineyard owner represented God
    •  The vineyard was God’s people
    •  The farmers were the religiousleaders and teachers of the law

    • The people sent by the owner were the prophets
      • God had sent these prophets to tell Israel about the coming Messiah
      • The Jews, their religious leaders and teachers of the law had always opposed these prophets and killed them.
      • Jesus once wept over Jerusalem (Luke 13:34): “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you. How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!”
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    • Who do you think the vineyard son was? Jesus.
  • God was going to save his people. And even though his prophets were rejected, He still continued His plan of salvation.
  • Jesus knew that He would be put to death. And through this parable, He was telling the religious leaders about His death.
  • Because it was through His death that all man could live through Him.
  •  Jesus was the stone that the builders rejected
    • He was a stumbling block to the religious leaders (1 Cor 1:22; Isaiah 8:14). A stumbling block is a stone that is in your way and you fall/trip over it. For the Jews, Jesus was a stumbling block. They couldn’t accept Him — instead they fell/tripped all over Him.
    • The Jews could not accept that there could be salvation apart from all that they were doing — adhering to the Law and their religious traditions.
    • They wanted to be righteous before God, but they wanted to do it their way — by their own works in trying to fully obey the Lord.
    • The problem is that they could never fulfill it fully. Because God’s way was perfect. And only God could meet that standard.
    • Jesus was saying that those who fell on that stone, who tripped over Jesus and His free gift of righteousness, who rejected it, would be broken to pieces and crushed. They would never be able to be righteous on their own.
  • Despite all that opposition, Jesus has become the cornerstone — the most important stone of all!
    • Even though He was killed, Jesus resurrected after 3 days and became the stone that holds everything together, the rock upon which God built His church (Matt 16:18, 1 Cor 3:11).
    • If we trust in Him alone and accept His gift of righteousness, Jesus becomes our refuge, our shelter, our salvation.
    • As Peter said in Act 4:11-12, Jesus is “‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”
  • Who is Jesus to you? A stumbling block? Or the cornerstone?
    • Let’s not be like the Jews and religious leaders who refuse to accept God’s free gift of salvation and righteousness through Jesus.
    • Let’s trust in Jesus, our cornerstone, our rock of refuge, and enjoy the life He gives to us!
    • 1 Cor 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
  • Memory verse: Luke 20:17‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.”
3. Activity Suggestion
  • Memory Verse Review:
    • Use an activity or game to help the kids remember the Memory Verse
  • Wordsearch
 

Jesus clears the temple

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is the Ultimate Sacrifice and the New Temple

1. Lesson:

  • Tell the account of Jesus at the Temple based on John2:13-22 and Mark 11:17
  • After Jesus went into Jerusalem on the donkey, one of the first things He did was to go to the temple.
  • The temple was where the Jews would go to offer their sacrifices to God in worship and for their sins.
  • But when Jesus was at the temple, what did He see? He saw people selling cattle, sheep and doves and exchanging money. Someone who wanted to offer sacrifice at the temple would have to change their money into special “temple currency” before they could buy the animals for sacrifice.
  • That usually means that they’d have to pay more than normal in order to fulfill their religious duties. It also meant that people were making money out of people’s worship, and those who could not afford the special temple currency would not be able to offer their sacrifices.
  • Jesus didn’t like it. Jesus described what they were doing as a “market” and a “den of robbers.”
  • So He made a whip of cords and drove all these people out, together with their sheep and cattle and doves. He overturned the money changers’ tables and scattered the coins.
  • For All Nations: No Hindrance
    • Jesus said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’?”
    •  Jesus was quoting Isaiah 56, which spoke of Gentiles (non-Jews) coming to worship Him:  
    • By putting their own rules and making money out of people’s worship, the moneychangers and merchants were making it difficult and stopping people from coming to worship God.
    • God had intended that every person, from ALL nations, have full access to Him. They would be able to worship Him freely and have fellowship with Him.
  • The Ultimate Sacrifice, The New Temple
    • <can use blocks/lego/Uno stacko to build a temple building. then destroy it and explain that today, Jesus is the new temple and we are all in it>
    •  At that time, there were certain restrictions on temple worship according to the Mosaic law. People like us — gentiles, non-Jews —could only worship in the outer area. Only Jews could go into the temple, and only the priests could offer the sacrifices on their behalf.
    • This is because SIN still separated man from God.  And sinful man could not simply come to the holy God.
    •  When Jesus was asked by the Jews to show why He had authority to chase everyone out of the temple, He answered, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”
    • At that time, nobody understood. They thought He meant the physical temple they were standing in, which took 46 years to build.
    • But Jesus was talking about His body — that He will die, and rise up again after 3 days. And He did!
    • After Jesus rose from the dead, His body would be the new temple. The old temple and its many Old Covenant sacrifices were not needed any more.
    • Through His death, the ultimate sacrifice, He signed a New Covenant with God on our behalf.  He paid for our sins and removed it from us.
    • Today, we can all be part of Christ’s body and have a personal relationship with God — we no longer had to go to a temple building to worship Him and fellowship with Him. We can be in Christ, and God’s spirit can be in us. God lives with us and walks with us, His people.
      • 1 Cor 3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
      • 1 Cor 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.
      • 2 Cor 6:16 For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said:  “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
  • Conclusion:
    •  When Jesus cleansed the temple, He was showing that:
      • Everyone, from all nations, can come freely to worship God
      • Jesus would be the ultimate Sacrifice and the New Temple — we are now in Him and God’s spirit lives in us.

2. Activity Suggestions:

  • Memory Verse activity: Choose one of the verses from Corinthians and play a game to help kids remember the verse/s.
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Jesus Enters Jerusalem

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus is our King of Salvation and Righteousness

1. Story:

2. Lesson:
  • Jesus had been preparing his disciples for His death. He knew that after He got to Jerusalem, He would be arrested and crucified.
  • Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem was a time of celebration because it was part of God’s plan of salvation, and righetousness.
  • Celebration: Jesus is King
    • When Jesus entered Jerusalem, his disciples and the crowd began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice while waving palm leaves: “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD! Hosanna in the highest!”
    • Whether they understood it or not, the crowds were praising Jesus as their king.
    • The Pharisees weren’t very happy that the crowds were praising Jesus … whom they saw as only a man. But Jesus told them, even if the crowds didn’t praise Him, the stones would cry out as creation cannot deny the fact that Jesus was God.
    • Imagine the stones on the road shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Hosanna!”
  • Jesus is our Salvation
    • The Prophet Zechariah had prophesied about it in Zech 9: 9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you;
    • He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey. 
    • Jesus’ coming into Jerusalem was a time of celebration because He was going to bring God’s salvation to His people — Jesus had to come to take our place so that we can have His life in us. He died so that we could live.
  • Jesus is our Righteousness (optional for younger class)
    • There was another prophecy back in Genesis that talks about the coming of the Saviour. Before Jacob died, he blessed his 12 sons. For Judah, the ancestor of Jesus, he said:  10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people. 11 Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes. (Gen 49:10-11)
    • Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, and the people put their clothes on the donkey and on the ground as he passed by.
    • In Jacob’s blessing, he speaks of the donkey being tied to the choice vine, the best vine. This vine if Jesus (John 15) and the new life He gives us when we are tied to Him.
    • Jacob also spoke about clothes being washed in the blood of grapes. Our clothes — our own “righteousness” — are filthy rags, torn and dirty. This blood of grapes refer to Jesus’ blood — He washes us clean and clothes us in robes of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10).
    • So let’s throw down our own clothes, our filthy rags, and let Jesus wash us clean and call us righteous!
  • Conclusion:
    • When Jesus entered Jerusalem, He knew He was going to be killed. He didn’t go in reluctantly or hesitantly. He went in boldly, to the cheers and cries of many. Because He knew that the victory was His already — salvation and redemption has come!
    • And like the crowds in Jesus’ time, and the stones that would have cried out, let’s praise Him and worship Him for He is our King who loves us so much!

3. Activity Ideas

§  Crossword
 
Answer key: 
Across
3. Jesus
8. Hosanna
9. village
10. colt
11. spread
12. tie
Down
1. name
2. praise
4. enter
5. shouted
6. king
7. road