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APRIL 12TH RESURRECTION SUNDAY - JESUS' CRUCIFIXION & RESURRECTION

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God’s law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God’s people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin.

Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust. According to God’s Word, the payment of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) But not only is God just, He is also loving. That is why Jesus was willing to die in our place. 

Jesus came to live and die to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18)

Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. Jesus’ resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice, and forgiveness and life are found in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:17.) If Jesus had died but not been raised up, He would have been like military leaders who died without a throne. (Acts 5:33-37) But Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21)

Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. (Rom. 6:5) And Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life.

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it.

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)

Check this session’s Activity Page and Big Picture Card as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is alive.
  • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Jesus died on the cross, but God made Jesus alive again.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.

Preschool

  • Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
  • Jesus died on the cross and is alive.

Kids

  • Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
  • Jesus died on the cross to save people from sin, and He is alive.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

●      Romans 10:9 

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APRIL 5TH PALM SUNDAY - JESUS' TRIUMPHAL ENTRY

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The Sunday before Easter is Palm Sunday—the day Jesus entered Jerusalem as the King of kings the week of Passover. Many of God’s people traveled to Jerusalem for Passover. Jesus and His disciples traveled to Jerusalem as well. Near the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples ahead into a village to bring a donkey to Him.

Jesus made a spectacular entrance into the city. He rode the donkey, and people laid branches and their robes on the ground in front of Him. The people welcoming Jesus into Jerusalem believed He was the promised Messiah, but they expected Him to overthrow Roman oppression and set up an earthly throne. Jesus sent a different message.

The next day, Jesus entered the temple and turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Jesus referred to Isaiah 56:7, declaring that His kingship would not just be over the Jews but over all people. While Jesus was in the temple, He healed the blind and the lame. Jesus’ actions declared, “I am not just your King; I am also your God” (Isa. 35:4-6).

During Jesus’ triumphal entry, the people welcomed Him as King. Jesus was the Messiah spoken about by the prophet Zechariah: “Look, your King is coming to you; He is righteous and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). One day, Jesus will return to earth on a white horse as King over everything. (Revelation 19:11)

As you prepare for and celebrate Easter, help your kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ coming. Help them understand why Jesus came: to save the world from sin! 

Check out this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • Jesus is alive.
  • Jesus is God’s Son.
  • God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
  • People praised Jesus as their King.

Preschool

  • Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from sin.
  • People welcomed Jesus as their King.

Kids

  • Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.
  • People welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • What kind of King did the people expect Jesus to be?
  • What kind of King is Jesus?

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Romans 10:9

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MARCH 29TH - JERUSALEM'S WALLS WERE REBUILT

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Nehemiah traveled from Persia to Jerusalem to lead the effort in rebuilding Jerusalem’s walls.

City walls and gates were very important in Bible times. Without these structures, cities were vulnerable to attack.  Nehemiah’s leadership was effective. Nehemiah 3 describes all the people working together to rebuild the gates and walls.

But it wasn’t long before Nehemiah met opposition from local governors who planned to attack God’s people. God’s people armed themselves and kept working. They completed the wall in just 52 days.

Note how their enemies reacted: “All the surrounding nations were intimidated and lost their confidence, for they realized that this task had been accomplished by our God” (Nehemiah 6:16). Now God’s people were protected from their enemies.

Nehemiah led the people to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem to protect them from their enemies. Jesus came to protect us from our enemies. He died on the cross and rose from the dead to rescue people from sin and death.

Help your kids see that God provided the way for us to be protected from our enemies, sin and death. He sent His Son, Jesus, to die on the cross for our sins. When we repent and trust in Jesus, He frees us from sin and death.

Check out this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • God keeps His promises.
  • Nehemiah led the people to build the city walls.
  • God kept His people safe
  • Jesus always obeyed God.

Preschool

  • Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful.
  • God led Nehemiah to rebuild the walls.
  • God kept His people safe as they worked.

Kids

  • Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
  • God used Nehemiah to lead His people as they rebuilt Jerusalem’s walls.

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • Talk about a time you worked together as a family to complete a task.
  • What made Nehemiah a good leader for God’s people?
  • How does Jesus protect us from our enemies of sin and death?

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Lamentations 3:22-23

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MARCH 22ND - NEHEMIAH NEWS

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Nehemiah received word about God’s people who had returned to Judah. They were in trouble and living in shame; the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the city gates were burned. They lived in fear, unprotected from their enemies. Nehemiah sat down and wept.

Nehemiah fasted and prayed for days. He remembered God’s promise to His people. Their disobedience led to exile, but if they turned back to the Lord, their obedience would lead to blessing. God promised to restore their fortunes and give His people a home. (Deut. 30:1-10)

The king noticed Nehemiah’s sadness, and Nehemiah was afraid. Nehemiah explained the plight of his city. The king granted him leave and gave him letters to ensure his safe passage. Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem. He encouraged the people to rebuild the walls and stood confidently against opposition.

Nehemiah trusted that God would keep His promise to protect His people and give them a home. When we trust in Jesus, we believe God will keep His promise to give us—His people—a home. Jesus obeyed God perfectly. He died on the cross and rose again so we can have a home with Him forever.

Help your kids understand that when we repent and trust in Jesus, we can trust His promise to prepare a place for us in His Father’s house, where we will be with Him forever. (John 14:3.)

Check out this session’s Activity Page as well as the Gospel Project for Kids Family App for ways to interact with the Bible content this week.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS

Babies and Toddlers

  • God keeps His promises.
  • Nehemiah prayed for God to keep His people safe.
  • Jesus hears us when we pray.

Preschool

  • Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful.
  • Nehemiah prayed that God would help His people.
  • God used Nehemiah to build the city walls.
  • Jesus hears us when we pray.

Kids

  • Does God keep His promises? Yes, God is always faithful even when we are not.
  • Nehemiah prayed that God would help His people rebuild Jerusalem’s walls.
  • Jesus hears us when we pray.

FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS:

  • Name a promise God has made.
  • How can our family help each other remember God’s promises?

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

Lamentations 3:22-23

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