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Spring Is In The Air

on August 11, 2012

 

This event has a spring theme.

The memory verse : John 1:29.

The Bible truth is “Jesus is our Passover Lamb.”

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

The feasts in the Bible represented the law, were shadows (pictures) of things to come, were visual aids /  teaching opportunities, and were to point people to Jesus Christ. We do not have to keep the laws of the feast, but by studying them we can gain a greater appreciation for God and for all that He has done for us.

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”   

Romans 15:4  NKJV

     Studying the feasts are wonderful opportunities to point others to Jesus and to God’s plan of redemption.

The spring feasts point to Jesus’ sacrifice (God’s plan of redemption), sanctification, resurrection, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ______________________

2. ______________________

4. Memory Verse

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ ”    

John 1:29  NKJV

5. Passover

Passover reminded the Hebrews of their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. God had passed through Egypt, and the oldest child of every household had died – except those who had obeyed God by putting blood from a spotless lamb on the doorposts.

Exodus 12:13  NKJV   

“Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”

     As a result, the Hebrews were released from their bondage. They were freed. To help the people remember what He had done, and to point them to the Messiah, God instituted the Passover celebration.

Exodus 12:14  NKJV   

“So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.”

     Passover is a shadow of the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, on the cross. Jesus Christ was crucified during an annual observance of the Passover in Jerusalem.

John 1:29  NKJV 

   “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ ”

     The blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin and releases us from the punishment of sin.

Romans 6:23  NKJV   

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

     Just as the blood on the doorposts freed the Hebrews from the death angel, so the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ has set us free from the bondage of sin and Satan. We receive all the same benefits through the body and the blood of Jesus Christ as the Hebrews received through the Passover Lamb.

6. Game – Memory Verse Mix-up

Divide the memory verse into thirteen parts. Make 2 sets of card with the memory verse dived up on them, each set a different color. If you have a small group, divide the memory verse up in less parts.

“The next  / day John  / saw Jesus  / coming toward /  him, and /  said, ‘Behold!  / The Lamb / of God /  who takes /  away the /  sin of /  the world!’ ” / John 1:29  NKJV

Need 26 children to play the game. Tape a card on each of the children’s backs. At the signal they are to find their team (each team’s cards are a different color) and arrange themselves so that the verse can be correctly read (in order). The first team to do so correctly is the winner.

7. The Feast Of Unleavened Bread

The Feast of Unleavened Bread is a feast celebrating the release from bondage in Egypt. The Hebrews had left Egypt in a hurry. They could not wait for the leaven to work in the dough. For their final meal as slaves, they had eaten ‘unleavened’.

Leviticus 23:6-8  NKJV   

“And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it. But you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord for seven days. The seventh day shall be a holy convocation; you shall do no customary work on it.”

     During the Feast of Unleavened Bread all leaven bread is removed from the home and is replaced by unleavened bread. In the Bible ‘leaven’ represents sin and corruption. This day fell on the day after Jesus’ crucifixion, making it a high Sabbath day.

John 19:31  NKJV  

  “Therefore, because it was the preparation day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for the Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.”

     The Feast of Unleavened Bread was a shadow of the sinless nature of Jesus. This feast also points to Jesus as being the Bread of Life.

John 6:32  NKJV   

“Then Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give to you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.”

John 6:48-51  NKJV 

   “I am the Bread of Life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the Living Bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is my flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

     Jesus was in the tomb all of this day. The feast of Unleavened Bread came immediately after Passover, so the two were celebrated together.

8. Game – “Cleansing Power Bible Verse Relay”

The Feast of Passover also represents putting away the sin in your life, and replacing it with the cleansing power of Jesus’ blood.

Need: Note cards or pieces of paper and a bowl

Write the following verses on note cards –  one verse to each card. You will need to make several sets, depending on the size of your group.

2 Corinthians 7:1  NKJV  

  “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

1 John 1:9  NKJV   

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Hebrews 9:14  NKJV   

“how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

James 4:8  NKJV   

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”

1 John 1:7  NKJV  

  “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

Fold the note cards in half and place all of them in a bowl a short distance from the teams.  Divide the group into two teams and line them up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front and take a slip out of the bowl and read it. Then they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Feast Of The First Fruits

The Feast of the First Fruits was delayed until the people of Israel took possession of their promised land. Once they began taking its harvest, they were to begin observing a feast of First Fruits. This was the day of the first sheaf waving, the first of the barley harvest. The first fruits were presented to the Lord along with a burnt meal offering.

Leviticus 23:10-11  NKJV   

“Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: when you come into the land which I give you, and reap its harvest, then you shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest. He shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted on your behalf; on the day after the Sabbath the priest shall wave it.”

     The first fruits offering represented the whole harvest yet in the field. Jesus is in the presence of God the Father in heaven as the First Fruits, while the “church” is still in the field waiting for the harvest. The Feast of the First Fruits pointed to the resurrection of Jesus as the First Fruits of the righteous.

2 Timothy 2:8  NKJV   

“Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel.”

          Jesus was resurrected on the Feast of First Fruits. In 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul refers to Jesus as the “First Fruits from the dead.”

1 Corinthians 15:20 NJKV 

   “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

     Jesus  arose from the dead and He imparts life to anyone (and everyone) who believes in Him through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus described Himself as the grain of wheat that fell into the ground and died, that it might spring to life and bring much fruit.

John 12:23-24  KJV 

   “And Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour is come, that the Son of Man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: But if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.”

     In the year of Jesus’ crucifixion, First Fruits fell on the first day of the week (Sunday) and it was the third day of Passover. On the evening of First Fruits (Sunday evening), Jesus appeared to the disciples as the “First Born Among Many Brethren.” When Jesus appeared to the disciples they confessed Him as Lord and believed that God raised Him from the dead. They were among the first to be “saved” under the new covenant.

Romans 10:9 KJV  

  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

     The Feast of the First Fruits is a joyous celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and marks the birth of the church.

10. Game – “He’s Not Here” Relay Race

Need: 2 sets of angel wings and a sign with the follow Bible verse on it:

“But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.”    

Mark 16:6  NKJV

Put the sign a short distance from the teams. Divide the class into two teams and line the teams in two rows. Give the first person on each team a set of angel wings. At the signal they will put on the wings, run to the front and read the Bible verse. Then they will run back to their team and give the wings to the next person and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. The Feast Of Weeks

The Feast of Weeks or Shavuot is also know as the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is a Greek word for fifty. Sometimes this feast is also called the Feast of the Harvest. It is held on the first day of the week, fifty days after the Sabbath that preceded the Feast of the First Fruits. Pentecost occurs fifty days after the day of First Fruits – fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus. In Biblical times all men were required to travel to Jerusalem for this feast.

Leviticus 23:15-21  NKJV   

“And you shall count for yourselves  from the day after Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the Lord. You shall bring from your dwelling two wave loaves of two-tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour; they shall be baked with leaven. They are the firstfruits to the Lord. And you shall offer with the bread seven lambs of the first year, without blemish, one young bull, and two rams. They shall be a burnt offering to the Lord, with their grain offering and their drink offerings, an offering made by fire for a sweet aroma to the Lord. Then you shall sacrifice one kid of the goats as a sin offering, and two male lambs of the first year as a sacrifice of a peace offering. The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations.” 

     The Feast of Weeks celebrated the wheat harvest. The people would bring two loaves of leavened bread to give as an offering. The two loaves of bread are a picture of the Jews and Gentiles in the early church. The grain for the offering was not fresh flour composed of individual particles, but grain that had been transformed into new, unified whole-baked loaves. The offering symbolizes the special unity of the church as a body knit together by the Holy Spirit. The use of leaven in the baking reminds us that the church is not perfect.

After the destruction of the temple, the Jewish people were not able to celebrate this feast by taking the two loaves of bread to the temple. Since that time they celebrate God giving the Ten Commandments to Moses.

Fifty days after the Hebrews deliverance from Egypt (the crossing of the Red Sea), God desired to fill His people with His Spirit. However, because of the people‘s fear, He could not.

Exodus 19:1-11  NKJV   

  “In the third month after the children of Israel had gone out of the land of Egypt, on the same day, they came to the Wilderness of Sinai. For they had departed from Rephidim, had come to the Wilderness of Sinai, and camped in the wilderness. So Israel camped there before the mountain. And Moses went up to God, and the Lord called to him from the mountain, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel: You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.’ So Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid before them all these words which the Lord commanded him. Then all the people answered together and said, ‘All that the Lord has spoken we will do.’ So Moses brought back the words of the people to the Lord. And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Behold, I come to you in the thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.’ So Moses told the words of the people to the Lord. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow, and let then wash their clothes. And let them be ready for the third day. For on the third day the Lord will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.”

     Moses was instructed to call the people together. They were to prepare themselves for when God would come to speak to them.

Exodus 19:14-19  NKJV  

  “So when Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes. And he said to the people, ‘Be ready for the third day; do not come near your wives.’ Then it came to pass on the third day, in the morning, that there were thunderings and lightnings, and a thick cloud on the mountain; and the sound of the trumpet was very loud, so that all the people who were in the camp trembled. And Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the Lord descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked greatly. And when the blast of the trumpet sounded long and became louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by voice.”

     The people assembled as they were instructed to do. God began to speak, giving them the Ten Commandments. As the people heard God they became afraid of Him. They asked Moses to speak to God for them.

Exodus 20:18-21  NKJV   

“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, ‘You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.’ And Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that is fear may be before you, so that you may not sin’ So the people stood afar off, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was.”

     Because the people were afraid they did not receive everything that God had for them. God was not able to write His law on their hearts. They only knew the law in their heads, and because of this they were disobedient. On the day that God gave the Ten Commandments three thousand people were destroyed because of sin (disobedience).

Pentecost is not only a time to remember the first giving of the law written on tablets of stone, but it is also a time to remember when, on the same day many years later, the giving of the Holy Spirit, when the law of God was written in the heart of the believers.

Jeremiah 31:33  NKJV  

  “But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

12. Game – “Spring Feasts Cup Stacking”

Need:  20 plastic or paper cups and a table (could use the floor also)

Label the cups as follows:

On two cups write “Feast of Weeks”

On four cups write “Feast of First Fruits”

On six cups write “Feast of the Unleavened Bread”

On eight cups write “Passover”

The cups should be stacked like this:

FW

FF   FF

UB  UB  UB

P    P    P    P

Divide the class into two equal teams.

A short distance away from the teams set the cups (divided into two equal sets) on a table. Tell the teams which cups belong to their team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and correctly stack them, then take them down again. When finished they will run back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

13. Holy Spirit

Before Jesus’ ascension, He told His disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit. Jesus commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise.

Acts 1:4 NKJV  

  “And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father…”

          Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers. It was during the Feast of Weeks that the Holy Spirit was given to believers.

Acts 2:1-4  NKJV   

“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house were they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

          Thousands of Jews had journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Weeks. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit occurred on the very day that the Jews were offering the two wave loaves to God, representing their reliance on Him. During this time the followers of Jesus were in an upper room waiting and praying. The Holy Spirit filled the upper room where the early believers were waiting. They began to worship God in foreign languages that were spoken and understood by the Jews that had come to Jerusalem for the feast. The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles and empowered them to witness. On this day three thousand souls were saved.

As a believer we should not be afraid to receive all that God has for us. God gives His Spirit to every believer that asks to be filled. When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, God writes on your heart and in your mind. The Holy Spirit will help you be a better “you”.  Being filled with the Holy Spirit will give you the power to live a victorious Christian life. It is a gift sent to each and every believer by Jesus Christ.

14. Worship Song

15. Challenge / Altar

Jesus is the Lamb of God that takes away our sin.

John 1:29 NKJV

“The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, ‘Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!’ ”

* Everyone has sinned and sin separates you from God’s presence.

Romans 3:23 NKJV

“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

Romans 5:12 NKJV

“Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”

* God offers us forgiveness of sin and eternal life through Jesus Christ, His Son.

Romans 6:23 NKJV

“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord”

* God loved us so much that He was willing to sacrifice His own Son so we could be saved.

Romans 5:8 NKJV

“But God demonstrated His own love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

* Salvation is a free gift we can receive.

Romans 10:9,10 NKJV

“…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Have you accepted the gift of salvation that God offers you?

16. Refreshments or a light meal

17. Crafts

18.  Dismissal

 

 

CRAFT  IDEAS

SPRING FREAT BANNER (SIITA)large spring flowerspring feast

spring flowers

 

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palm branch

pin the tail on the donkey -1 (2)

pin the tail on the donkey -1

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Passover Lamb (Clothes Pin Sheep) PHOTO

empty tomb

 

 

 

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