Until we are able to attend Sunday School in person, here’s the lesson you can do at home for March 29, 2020:
For Preschool – Kindergarten:
Watch the following videos and discuss them with your child. Ask them what they noticed, or what they thought happened. Use the coloring sheet and guide found in your e-blast for directions.
For 1st -5th Grade:
First, read Mark 15:22-39 with your child, or have your child read it to you.
Next, watch the following video and discuss it with your child. Ask what they noticed from Mark 15 that they didn’t see in the video.
After that, have a discussion with them! See what they think. Don’t worry about getting to the right answer too quickly.
- Why did Jesus die? Because they accused him of claiming to be God. They persecuted him for that “crime”, and nailed him to a cross, a painful punishment for criminals.
- Jesus did all these other miracles, right? He feed 5,000+ people, he walked on water, he even raised the dead. So why do you think he let himself die on the cross? Why did he sacrifice himself? Because he loved us. He took on our sin on himself. The price of sin is death (Romans 6:23 – ”For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”) Jesus paid the price, even though he hadn’t sinned. He paid the price, the wages, without doing the sin that deserved it. It’s a little like your sibling being put timeout for something you did! (Read 1 Peter 2:21-24 – “ For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”)
- What are some of your sins that Jesus took on the cross? Talk about things that they have done that are sins against others or God. They may not be comfortable having this discussion with their parents. If they “confess” anything, be sure to say with a smile, “[Name], I forgive you because of what Jesus did on the cross.” It may feel silly to say at first, but forgiveness is an important thing to share with our children. Our ability to forgive is a gift from God, because of what Jesus did for us by forgiving all of our sins before God. It may also be helpful to teach them what forgiveness is; Forgiveness is a promise to not let the past affect our future”.
- How have we been healed by Jesus’ wounds? Our sins are forgiven, like we just talked about. It also means that now, we live our lives by following the shepherd. We don’t return to those sins that Jesus took, but we TURN AWAY from our sins, and TURN TOWARD Jesus, looking at what he has done and the promises that he has made to us, and listening to what he tells us to do. Jesus calls this REPENTENCE. Because Jesus died for us, that means that we can know that he has promised not to let our past affect our future together with God. One day, Jesus will come back and make a new heaven and a new earth. All the people who believed in Jesus and trusted in what he did will be there, living together with each other and with God. It will be PERFECT and AMAZING. We can know for sure that we will be there with God because Jesus died for us. We are forgiven for the bad things, sins, that we have done because of what Jesus did on the cross. Its not about good things that we do that get us to be with God either; it is God who sent his Son to come down to us. Jesus promises that he loves us, that he forgives us, and that we are HIS.
Let’s pray together:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending your son to die on the cross.
Thank you for taking our sins upon Jesus, and forgiving us.
Help us to turn away from our sins, and turn toward Jesus.
Keep us safe in your name, until Jesus returns and we get to be with you.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Sunday School Teacher 2019-20 Mission Statement:
As Zion family and fellow teachers we desire to reach out to the public and private school children to teach them about Jesus in such a way that it does not resemble a typical classroom, but offers an exciting and enjoyable environment to grow in. We will do this by reiterating key points, emphasizing Bible stories by making them relevant, being activity-oriented, and by encouraging both children and family to share what they have learned in the home.