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A 14-week series introducing who Jesus is: His calling, life, miracles and parables.

 

Topics include:

  • Week 1: Jesus is God’s Beloved: Baptism (Mark 1:1-11)
  • Week 2: Jesus is Lord: Driving out the Impure Spirit (Mark 1:21-28)
  • Week 3: Jesus is Able & Willing: Healing the Leper (Mark 1:40-45)
  • Week 4: Jesus Forgives Sin: Healing the Paralytic (Mark 2:1-12)
  • Week 5: Jesus’ Word Bears Fruit: Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20)
  • Week 6: Jesus has Authority over Winds & Waves (Mark 4:35-41)
  • Week 7: Jesus has Authority over Evil Spirits (Mark 5:1-20)
  • Week 8: A Touch of Jesus Heals: Woman with Issue of Blood (Mark 5:21-34)
  • Week 9: Jesus Gives Life: Raising Jairus’ Daughter (Mark 5:21-42)
  • Week 10: Jesus is our Provider: Feeding of 5000 (Mark 6:30-44)
  • Week 11: Jesus is Always Near: Walking on Water (Mark 6:45-52)
  • Week 12: Jesus Qualifies Us: Greek Woman meets Jesus (Mark 7:24-30)
  • Week 13: Jesus Opens Ears/Mouths/Eyes (Mark 7-8)
  • Week 14: Jesus the Messiah (Mark 8-9)

 

 

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Jesus Goes Up to Heaven

Categories: Children's Church

1. Story (based on Luke 24:44-53)

  •  Last week we learnt about how Jesus appeared his disciples. What was the name of the disciple who wanted proof that Jesus was alive? (Thomas) And who did Jesus say was more blessed because they believed without seeing? (All of us)
  • Over the next 40 days, Jesus met and talked with His disciples and explained many things to them.
  • He explained to them about what all the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms were talking about — they were talking about Jesus. Everything that happened to Him — His life, His death and His resurrection — had already been planned by God from the beginning of time.
  • As Jesus talked, the disciples’ minds were opened so that they could understand the Scriptures.
    •  Jesus is the Saviour who had to suffer and rise from the dead on the third day
    • Those who put their faith in Him will receive forgiveness of their sins
    • This good news will be preached in Jesus’ name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
    • The disciples are witnesses of these things. They can tell other people about Jesus.
    • But before that, Jesus told his disciples to stay in the city first until they receive the Holy Spirit.
    • Jesus promised to send them His Holy Spirit, which will give them the power to do all that God has called them to do.
  • Jesus and His disciples went out to Bethany.
  • He lifted up His hands and blessed his disciples. While He was doing so, He was taken up into heaven in front of their eyes.
  • The disciples worshipped and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. They stayed in the temple to praise God.
 
2. Lesson
  • Jesus opened their minds about the Scriptures
    • The disciples began to see that all Scripture was about Jesus.
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  • Jesus had to go so the Holy Spirit could come
    • When Jesus was on earth, He could only be in one place at a time. But when He returns to the Father, His Holy Spirit can come and live in each and every one of us forever.
    • We cannot serve or do anything for God in our own strength. We need the Holy Spirit’s power in our life to do all that God wants us to do.
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  • Jesus has gone to the Father, and He will come back for us!
    • The story of The Ascension is one of great joy. It would seem quite sad to have to say goodbye to Jesus so soon, but He does promise to come back for us one day.  
    • We can look forward to Jesus’ coming again with great joy and expectation!
3. Suggested Activities
  • Related craft with “Jesus will come back again for us one day”
  • Worksheets:

Jesus appears to His disciples

Categories: Children's Church



1. Story (based on Luke 24:36-53; John 20:24-29)

  • Last week we learnt about how Jesus appeared to some of His disciples. How many? (2) What was the name of one of them? (Cleopas). Where were they walking to? (Emmaus)
  • After the two disciples recognized Jesus, they quickly ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell the others that they had seen Jesus.
  • The other disciples were also excited … Jesus had appeared to Simon Peter. As they were talking, suddenly, guess who appeared before them? Jesus!
  • The disciples were startled and afraid. They thought He was a ghost!
  • Jesus proves He is not a ghost
    • Jesus immediately proclaimed, “Peace be with you. Why are you troubled, and why do you doubt?”
    • To prove to the disciples that he was not a ghost, or their imagination or a projected image, Jesus asked them to touch Him. “Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
    • The disciples saw Jesus’ hands and feet. They saw the place where the nails were pierced. They were amazed. But still they didn’t believe completely it was really Jesus!
    • So Jesus asked for something to eat. They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and Jesus took it and ate it in front of it. After all, ghosts don’t eat!  
  • Jesus proves Himself to Thomas
    • There was one disciple who wasn’t in there when Jesus appeared. His name was Thomas.
    • When his friends told him they had seen Jesus, He still did not believe.  “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
    • A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them.
    • Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”  
    • Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
    • Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
    • Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
  • Jesus proves Himself to us
    • We may not have seen Jesus appear in physical form.
    • We may not have touched his sides and his hands.
    • We may not have seen him eat a piece of fish in front of us.
    • But we can still know that He lives in us and through us.
    • Even though we do not see His body, we have His spirit.
    • Jesus is alive. And He is with us every day!
    • Jesus calls us “blessed” because of our faith in Him.
    • Do you want to believe in Jesus? If yes, please pray with me.
      • Lord Jesus, even though I don’t see you, I can believe in you and receive you into my life. Thank you for loving me, for dying on the cross for me, and for raising from the dead. Thank you for your Spirit living in me always. In your name I pray, Amen!
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2. Suggested Activities

  • Memory Verse activity: any game/activity that helps kids to memorise the Memory Verse.
    • John 20:29 Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
  • Word search 
 

A Walk to Emmaus

Categories: Children's Church

1. Story (based on Luke 24:13-35)

  • Last week, we heard of how Mary and Peter and John went to Jesus’ tomb and saw that it was empty!
  • That same day, two other disciples — Cleopas and his friend — were walking to a village called Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem.
  • How do you think they were feeling? Yes, they were feeling sad! They were feeling dejected. Disappointed. Defeated.
  • Their friend Jesus had died. Their hopes and dreams for a superhero savior had been dashed. And now, they have heard that Jesus’ tomb was empty!
  • As they walked and talked to each other, suddenly Jesus came by and walked together with them. But somehow, they were not able to recognize him.
  • Jesus asked them, “What are you talking about?”
  • Cleopas was surprised. “Are you new to Jerusalem? Don’t you know what’s been happening here the past few days?”
  • They went on to explain. “We were talking about Jesus. He was a powerful prophet. We had hoped he would deliver Israel from the Romans. But the chief priest and rulers handed him over to be crucified.
  • “Then today, some of our women told us that they went to the tomb early this morning and they couldn’t find his body! They saw angels instead, who told them that Jesus was alive. Then some of our friends went to the tomb and find it empty, but they did not see Jesus.”
  • Then Jesus told them, “Don’t you know what all the prophets have said? Don’t you know that the Messiah has to suffer all these things before being glorified?
  • Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, Jesus explained to the two disciples what all the Scriptures said about Himself.
  • As they reached the village, Jesus pretended to walk on. But they urged him, “Stay with us. It’s almost evening.”
  • So Jesus stayed with them. He had supper with them. He took bread, gave thanks, broke the bread and gave it to them.
  • Who knows when Jesus did this before? Yes, at the Passover dinner — His last supper with his disciples. (The Covenant Meal/Holy Communion/Lord’s Supper)
  • When Jesus broke the bread, suddenly the disciples remembered too! Their eyes were opened, and they could recognize Jesus!
  • Then Jesus disappeared from their sight.
  • Cleopas and his friend said to each other, “Didn’t our hearts feel warm when He was talking to us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
  • Then they got up and returned immediately to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven disciples and others who had gathered with them. “It is true!” The other disciples said. “The Lord appeared to Peter!”
  • And Cleopas and his friend also told them how Jesus met them on the road to Emmaus, and how they recognized Him when He broke bread.
 
  • Jesus walks with us
    • When we are feeling down and discouraged, when we are sad or mad, sometimes God seems very far away.
    • But the truth is that Jesus never leaves our side. We may not recognize Him always, but He’s always there with us. He’s walking with us all the way.
    • After an encounter with Jesus, instead of being sad and discouraged, their hearts were warmed and they could tell the good news excitedly to everyone else!
 
  • The Bible is about Jesus! 
    • The whole Bible is a love story written by God to man.
    • It tells how God loved the world so much and planned to send a Saviour to save the world from sin.
    • Every story in the Bible, every prophecy, shows us more about Jesus and what He has done on the cross for us.
    • That’s why in tNCC, we always look at Jesus and His finished work on the cross!
    • So when we read the Bible, we can ask ourselves, “How does this story show me Jesus and His finished work?”
    • And you’ll be amazed at how beautiful a story it is of God’s love for you and me!
 
  • Memory Verse: Luke 24:27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He explained to them in all the Scriptures what was said about Himself.
    •  (Younger class) Luke 24:27 The Bible tells us about Jesus.

Lesson: The Empty Tomb



1. Story (based on Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18)

  • Good morning, boys and girls! (Good morning!) 
  • Do you like mystery stories?
  • Today we are going to hear about the most exciting mystery story every told. I call it, “The Case of the Empty Tomb.” 
  • This is a story about what happened after Jesus died on the cross.  Jesus died on a Friday.  It was a very sad day.  It was sad because Jesus’ friends didn’t know what was going to happen.  They didn’t understand why Jesus had to die.
  • Late on that Friday afternoon, Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross.  It was wrapped in long strips of cloth.  And it was buried in a rich man’s tomb.  A large stone was rolled over the entrance to the tomb, and soldiers were standing outside to make sure that nothing happened to Jesus’ body.  Jesus was dead.
  • The Bible tells us (hold up your Bible) that this is what happened next:
  • Early on Sunday morning when it was still dark, Jesus’ friend, Mary Magdalene, went to the tomb and saw that the large stone that was rolled over the mouth of the empty tomb was gone! 
  • When she looked in, what did she see? An empty tomb!
  • So, she ran away. Why do you think Mary ran away?  (Let the children answer:  Was she afraid?  What could have happened?  Jesus’ body was not there.  The stone had been moved.)
  • Mary ran to two more of Jesus’ friends, Simon Peter and John.  So, Peter and John ran very fast to the tomb. (Have the children stand and run in place.)
  • John ran so fast that he beat Peter there. (Have the children stop and sit down)
  • Why do you think the friends ran (really animated)?  (Let the children answer:  Were they shocked?  Was it hard to believe what Mary had told them?)
  • The friend and Peter looked inside the tomb.  Guess what they saw?
  • An empty tomb!
  • There were strips of cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ body.  They saw the cloth that had been put on Jesus face.  John saw, and he believed.  What did he believe? Jesus was dead, but God raised him to life.
  • Do you believe that Jesus is alive?  (Pause).
  • Mary didn’t understand. She was sad.  She thought Jesus was missing.  The friends went back to their homes, but Mary stayed at the empty tomb, and she cried.  Why do you think that Mary cried?  (Let the children answer: She thought that Jesus was dead, and now his body was missing too!)
  • A man came to Mary.  He said, “Why are you crying?  Who are you looking for?”  Mary said, “If you took him away, please tell me where he is.  I’ll go and get him.” 
  • He said her name, “Mary.”  It was Jesus!  He had been dead.  But now he was alive!  Now Mary believed!  She wanted to touch him and hug him!  Jesus said, “Not yet.  I’m going to the Father.”
  • Then, Mary ran away. Why do you think Mary ran this time?  (Let the children answer.)
  • Mary had good news!  She was going to tell her friends, “I have seen Jesus! He was dead!   But now He is alive! He is risen!  And he is giving us life, so that we can live with the Father again!
  • Would you like to know Jesus and receive this life? Pray with me: Lord Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for me so that my sins can be forgiven. Thank you that you rose again so that I can have new life in you. Thank you that you open the way to the Father for me. I accept you into my life today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
2. Activity Suggestion:
  • Simple craft on Empty Tomb

Jesus and Barrabas

Categories: Children's Church

Lesson: Jesus exchanged His life for me to set me FREE!

 

1. Lesson (based on Luke 23:13-25adapted from: He died for me)
  • Last week, Jesus was on trial before the elders, Pilate and Herod.
  • All of them could find nothing wrong with Jesus. He was blameless and sinless.
  • Today we will look at a man named Barabbas. Let me describe Barabbas’ room: hard bed; dark, dingy walls; window (draw bars). Where was Barabbas?
  • That’s right! He was in Jail! He deserved to be in jail. He was a thief and a murderer. The law at that time said that the punishment for murder was death. Did Barabbas deserve to die according to the law at that time? Yes, he did.
  • Barabbas heard a crowd outside and looked out to see what was happening. (Draw Barrabas at window.) The crowd was yelling his name, then they began yelling, “Crucify him!” Barabbas became frightened; the time for him to be killed had come.
  • A guard came and took him to the judge, who announced that it is a custom at that time of year to let one prisoner go free. He, Barabbas, had been chosen. Did he deserve to go free?
  • No, he did not. But he was set free anyway. Barabbas went outside, where he again saw the crowd, now headed up a mountain (draw crowd). Following them, he saw three crosses being put up. On two of the crosses he saw men he recognized; they were thieves who had been in jail with him (draw these two crosses). But on the third cross hung a man he did not recognize (draw center cross). He asked a person nearby, “Who is that on that cross there?” The man answered, “Haven’t you heard? They let a thief and murderer named Barabbas go free, and they are killing Jesus instead!”
  • Did Jesus deserve to die? No, He didn’t. Did Barabbas deserve to die? Yes, he did. When Barabbas heard this, he surely must have thought, “He died for me.” (fill in letters)
  • Do you know, children, that we were also like Barrabas? We were sinners. We did wrong things. We disobeyed our parents. We lied. We stole. We lost our temper. We didn’t share with our brothers and sisters. And because of our sins, we deserved to die. Just like Barrabas.
  • Jesus didn’t just die for Barabbas; He also died for each one of us. He took the punishment meant for us so that we can have His life.
  • The name Barrabas means “son of the father”. Barrabas was the son of the father who did not measure up. He failed. He was weak.
  • But Jesus, the Beloved Son of the Father, was the elder brother who took the place of the ones who failed. Because of Jesus, Barrabas was handed undeserved forgiveness. When the Roman soldiers came up to take him out of the prison, he thought he was going to die. But instead of the cross, he could walk out a free man.
  • Because of Jesus, we, too, like Barrabas:
    • Are FORGIVEN
    • Are FREE
    • Are SONS of THE FATHER
  • Thank you Jesus for exchanging our punishment with your life!
2. Activity Suggestion:
  • Memory Verse game: John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  • Video clip: For older kids, you may want to show this scene from “The Passion”
  • Related craft with the words “Jesus set me FREE”

Jesus on Trial

Categories: Children's Church

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

Categories: Children's Church

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?
 

The Widow’s Gift

Categories: Children's Church

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!