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Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

New Beginnings – Eighth Night

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At the end of the long dark night, right before daybreak, we may be tempted to fall asleep. The Holy Spirit gives us strength to be awake and aware of the approaching of daylight.

Matthew 25:1-13  NKJV

“The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ The all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I saw to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you do not know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

Is your heart crying out, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”? Are you desperate for Jesus‘ return? Does your heart beat rapidly in anticipation of His return? Are you watching and waiting for Jesus’ return?

Revelation 21:2  NKJV

“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Our number one desire should be to please Jesus. As His bride we are to make ourselves ready for His return. He is coming back for people that are watching and waiting (and preparing) for His return. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken to heaven to be with God forever. Sin interferes with a person being properly prepared, however God offers forgiveness of sin through Jesus’ sacrifice.

Revelation 22:17  NKJV

“And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

We should live each day with the attitude of, “Today might be the day.” We are to watch and wait.

Luke 12:40  NKJV

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Dear Father,

Thank-you for forgiving me of my sins. It is through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross that I am restored into a right relationship with You. By the power of the Holy Spirit, give me strength to be awake and aware of the approaching return of Jesus Christ. Don’t allow me to be slumbering or distracted. My heart cries out, “Come, Lord Jesus, come! May I please You, O Lord each day. Convict me of sin in my life and cause me to be quick to repent. May I live each day with the attitude of, “Today might be the day.”

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

LIGHT 8 CANDLES

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Child’s Hanukkah Booklet – From One Christian’s Perspective

Light – Book 6

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Watching and Waiting”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Revelation 22:17 NKJV

“And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

How does this verse apply to my life?

2. John 14:1-3 NKJV

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

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3. Hebrews 10:14 NKJV

“For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”

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4. John 17:17-19 NKJV

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”

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5. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 NKJV

“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor ”

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6. Luke 12:40 NKJV

“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

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7. Matthew 25:1-13 NKJV

“The kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ The all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I saw to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you do not know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

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Supplement To Arrows Bible Study “Jesus Lights Up My Life”

Applying Bible Verses To My Life

1. Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

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2. Matthew 5:16 NKJV

“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

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3. I Corinthians 3:16-17 NKJV

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

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4. Colossians 1:12 NKJV

“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

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5. Philippians 2:14-15 NKJV

“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

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6. I John 1:5 NKJV

“This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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.”

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7. Matthew 25:1-13 NKJV

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.

Now five of them were wise, and five of them were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a dry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

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Footprints In The Sand – Last Days of Jesus’ Life Prior To Arrest

Last Days of Jesus’ Life Prior To Arrest – Week 6

This event has a beach theme.

Memory Verse: Matthew 21:10  

Bible Truth: We must decide for ourselves who Jesus is.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Palm Sunday – Triumphal Entry

On the Sunday (the first day of the week) before Passover, the Priest would parade through the city with the sacrifice, a lamb without spot or blemish. The people would line the streets and cheer as the sacrifice passed by. This was also the day that Jesus entered the city, directly behind the priest caring the sacrifice.

Matthew 21:1-7  NKJV    

“Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.” All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: “Tell the daughter of Zion, ‘Behold, your King is coming to you, Lowly, and sitting on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.’” So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them.”

     Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Today we know this event as Palm Sunday or the triumphal entry. The priest had just passed by the people with the Passover lamb that was going to be sacrificed on Passover.

Matthew 21:8  NKJV    

“And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road.”

     When the people saw Jesus they began to wave the palm branches that they had and shout “Hosanna!”  “Hosanna” means save us now!

Matthew 21:9  NKJV    

“Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

     The crowds spread their coats on the ground for the donkey with Jesus to walk over. We know Jesus as our “Passover Lamb“. A “lamb” without spot or blemish.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

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2. ______________________________

4. Memory Verse

Matthew 21:10  NKJV    

“And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

5. Cleansing The Temple – Teaching In The Temple

Shortly after entering town, Jesus went to the temple where He drove out the moneychangers and the merchants. This was the second time He had driven them out – the first time was at the beginning of His ministry.

Matthew 21:12-13  NKJV   

  “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”

     After cleansing the temple, Jesus went in it and began to teach. Many people that were sick or came to be healed. The people were very excited about what Jesus was doing, even the children, who were crying out, “ Hosanna to the Son of David!”

Matthew 21:14-16  NKJV    

“Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and  saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”

     The next day when Jesus went back to the temple the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching. They asked Jesus who gave Him the authority to do the things that He did. In response to their question, Jesus told them the parable of the wicked vinedressers. When Jesus finished the parable the priests and the elders were very angry because they knew that He was talking about them. They began to plot how they could get rid of Him. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples went to the religious leaders to offer his help.

Matthew 26:14-16  NKJV    

“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.”

6. The Parable Of The Wicked Vinedressers

Matthew 21: 32-46  NKJV   

  “Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.’ So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. “Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?” They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.” Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord’s doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes’? “Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.”

     In this parable the vineyard represents God’s kingdom. The landowner, God,  provided for the vineyard with the greatest care. The vinedressers were the nation of Israel and the servants represented the prophets, God’s messengers. The Jewish leaders rejected the prophets a of God and had treated them very badly. They had even murdered many of them. Then God sent His Son Jesus, the Messiah, but the vinedressers (the Jewish leaders) had rejected Him also.

Ephesians 2:19-22  NKJV    

“Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

     Jesus is known as the “Chief Cornerstone” and well as “The Stone That The Builders Rejected.”

7. Game – Palm Branch Relay

Need:  2 palm branches

Line the children up into two teams. Give the first person in line a palm branch. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front and say the memory verse. Then they will run back to their team. The process continues until everyone on their team has had a turn. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. Jesus Tells Of His Future Return

Matthew 24: 36-51  NKJV    

“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.  But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect. “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.  Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Jesus was trying to tell the people…

1. That no one knows when He will return, but that He will return.

2. That before He returns people will be indifferent about God, Him, and the things of God.

3. That we should be alert, preparing, and watching for His return.

4. That the faithful  (wise) servant will be rewarded when He returns, however the unfaithful (evil) servant will be condemned.

 

9. The Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins

Matthew 25:1-13  NKJV    

“Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.  “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

     In this parable there were ten young women waiting for the bridegroom to come and get his bride. After a period of time all went to sleep.  When the cry went out that the bridegroom was approaching they awoke and prepared to go out to meet him by trimming the wick in their lamps. Five of the young women were wise and had put oil in their lamps ahead of time. But the other five young women were not wise – they had not properly prepared. They had not put oil in their lamps, so they asked the wise ones for some of theirs. They were told to go buy their own oil because they (the wise) did not have enough for both of them.  While they went to buy oil, the bridegroom arrived and left with those that were ready (prepared). When the unwise returned and saw that they had been left behind, they tried to get in to the wedding, but the door was already shut and locked.

The meaning of the parable is that we must watch and prepare for Jesus, our Bridegroom.  We don’t know when He will come for us so we must be ready at all times. If when He returns, He finds a person unprepared they won’t go with Him and eventually they will Him say, “I do not know you.”

10. Game – Pass The Candle

Need:  2 candles or plastic lanterns

Line the children up into two teams. Give the first person in line a candle. At the signal they will pass the ball over their head to the person behind them. When the candle reaches the end of the line, that person will run to the front of the line and say the memory verse. Then they will pass the candle over the head to the person behind them. The process continues until the person who was originally at the front is back in the front (they must say the memory verse also). The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. The Parable Of The Talents

Matthew 25:14-30  NKJV    

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

This parable shows…

1.  Faithfulness is important to God.

2. Our reward will be based on our faithfulness to what we are called to do, not on what responsibilities we are given. Even small tasks that are faithfully done will be rewarded.

3. God disapproves of laziness.

4. Unfaithful (unprofitable) servants will be cast into the outer darkness.

 

12. Dividing The Sheep And The Goats

Matthew 25:31-46   

  “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’  “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ “Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

From these words of Jesus we can see that…

I. Everyone will stand before Jesus.

2. Some people will be blessed and they will receive eternal and everlasting life with God.

3. Some people will hear Jesus say, “Depart from Me,” and they will be cast into everlasting and eternal fire.

4. When we do something for someone in need it is the same as doing it for Jesus.

 

13. Game –  Dividing The Sheep From The Goats

The greatest peace that we can ever have comes from knowing that we are ready to stand before Jesus! One day Jesus will divide all the people in the world. The saved will be placed on His right hand side and the unsaved will be placed on His left hand side. Those on the right hand side, the one’s that have been washed by the blood of Jesus, will be allowed to go to heaven. Those on the left side, the unsaved, will be thrown into the Lake of Fire.

The choices that we make while we are alive will determine where we will spend eternity. Our choices determine if we will be placed on the right or on the left.

Need: white balloons, black balloons, 2 large trash bags, 4 baskets or boxes – label two of them “Enter in“” and the other two “Depart from Me”.

Blow up the balloons and divide them .Put half in one bag and the other half in the second bag.

Each team must form a line. The first person in the line will be given a bag of balloons . At the signal the first person on each team will pass a balloon to the person behind them. White balloons must be passed over the heads and other balloons must be passed between the legs. The girl on the end must put the balloons in the correct baskets. White balloons will go in the “Enter in” box and the black balloons will go in the “Depart from Me.“ box. The first team to divide all the balloons correctly will be the winner.

14. Jesus’ Last Passover Meal  And The Garden of Gethsemane

On the Thursday, after arriving on Sunday, Jesus celebrated the Passover with His disciples. Passover is a feast remembering the exodus from Egypt. Passover also points to Jesus Christ as our Passover lamb. During the meal Jesus told them that one of them would betray Him. Shortly after saying that, Judas left the room and went to tell the religious leaders where they could find Jesus.  After the meal, Jesus gave us the Lord’s Supper (communion).

Matthew 26:26-28  NKJV   

  “And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

     Communion is a very intimate time between a person and Jesus. It is a time to remember what Jesus has provided for us, a time to look toward His future return, and a time to committee to preparing to be His bride.

Late Thursday night, after Jesus and His remaining 11 disciples finished the Passover meal and the institution of communion, they sang a hymn then went to the Garden of Gethsemane.

Matthew 26:30 NKJV   

  “And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.”

     In the Garden Jesus spent the night in prayer. Jesus knew that He was about to be crucified. He was praying for God to give Him the strength to fulfill what He had came to do.

Matthew 26:36-38  NKJV    

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” And He took with Him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and He began to be sorrowful and deeply distressed. Then He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me.”

     Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done.

Matthew 26:39 NKJV   

  “He went a little farther and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.”

     As Jesus prayed, He was in so much anguish that He began to sweat drops of blood.

     Luke 22:42-44  NKJV   

  “saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

15. Game – Are You Ready?  Musical Chairs

One day Jesus will return for His bride. Only those who have prepared themselves and are watching will go with Jesus when He returns. God invites everyone to come to Him for salvation. The Bible tells us that the only way to God is through Jesus. If we believe in Jesus and accept Him as our Savior, our sins will be forgiven. Some people get too busy in their lives to accept God’s offer. Even after some people accept Jesus as Savior, they get too busy to know Him as He desires for them to. God wants to forgive our sins and He wants us to take time to know Him

Need: Chairs – 1 less chair than the number of children playing, and music.

Line the chairs up side by side. Have the children form a circle around the chairs. When the music starts the children will march around the chairs. When the music stops the children will set down – only 1 child per seat. The child that is left standing is out of the game.

Remove 1 chair and start process again. Continue to play game until there is only one child left. That child is the winner. They represent a person that had taken the time to have a personal relationship with Jesus.

16. Worship Song – ______________________________

17. Challenge / Altar – Who Is Jesus To You

 Matthew 21:10  NKJV  

   “And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

Who is Jesus to you?

Does your life show it?

It was important for the temple of God  to be clean during Biblical times. Today, we are the temple of God, and it is just as important for us to keep our temple spiritually clean. The Holy Spirit will not dwell (live) where there are impurities.

18. Refreshments or a light meal

19. Crafts

17. Dismissal

 

CRAFT, GAMES, TAMETAGS, TREAT BAGS AND PROPS IDEAS:

 

 

HANDOUTS

 

 

 

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Watching And Waiting

     Watching And Waiting

Memory Verse: John 14:1-3

Life Application: We must be ready for our Bridegroom when He returns.

 

 

Revelation 22:17  NKJV     “And the Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let him who hears say, ‘Come!’ And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”

     Is your heart crying out, “Come, Lord Jesus, come!”? Are you desperate for your bridegroom? Does your heart beat rapidly in anticipation of His return? Do you long to smell His fragrance and feel His presence? Are you watching and waiting for the bridegroom’s return?

Revelation 21:2  NKJV     “Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Revelation 21:9  NKJV     “Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me saying, ‘Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.’ ”

     The church is the bride of Christ. Just as a woman that is waiting for her wedding has responsibilities and obligations, we too, as the bride of Christ have responsibilities and obligations. During Biblical times a Jewish wedding (marriage) consisted of several steps. They were the arrangement, the preparations, the coming of the groom, and the marriage supper celebration.

The Arrangement

The first step in the wedding was the arrangement. The father of the groom arranged the match. The family sometimes sent a servant or a matchmaker to find a wife for the groom. This step could even occur when the bride and groom were children, and often they would not have even meet each other until the wedding day. At this time they completed the legal part of the marriage and a dowry was paid. The bride was a legal part of the groom’s family.

Believers are the bride of Christ. God the Father, the father of the groom, made the arrangement and then paid the price for the bride (the dowry). The dowry was the blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. By giving up His Son the price was paid and the arrangement was sealed with blood. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you have committed your life to Him. You are His legal bride.

After accepting the arrangement, the bride was given gifts. We too, are given gifts after accepting the arrangement (salvation) – the gifts of the Spirit. The Bible calls the church, those who trust in Jesus  for salvation / eternal life, the bride of Christ.

We have not seen our groom yet, we are waiting for Him to come. As the bride of Christ we have legal rights as part of God’s family. In the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis we read about Abraham sending his servant, Eliezer, to obtain a bride for his son, Isaac.

Genesis 24:4  NKJV    “but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”

     Eliezer chose Rebekah to be Isaac’s bride. An agreement was reached with her father and her brother, and Eliezer paid the dowry. God the Father sent a match maker, the Holy Spirit, to bring us into the family of God.

Genesis 24:53  NKJV     “Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.”

The Preparations

The second step of the wedding was the time of the preparations. Both the bride and the groom had preparations to take care of. During this time the bride was prepared to be a suitable wife for her husband. It was also the period of time in which she was observed for her purity. The bride waited and prepared herself for the coming of the groom. The groom was responsible to provide a suitable home for the bride. During the preparation period he prepared a home for his bride.

John 14:1-3  NKJV     “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

     When Jesus ascended to heaven forty days after His resurrection He went to prepare a place for us, His bride (the church/ the bride of Christ). As the bride of Christ we should be in the process of being perfected for the groom. We should be undergoing a process of sanctification (to be set apart).

Hebrews 10:14  NKJV     “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”

     Sanctification is the process by which God enables Christians to separate themselves day by day from sin. It is also dedicating yourself to seeking God. We are to set ourselves apart from sin for the Lord’s use.

2 Timothy 2:20-21  NKJV     “But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the master, prepared for every good work.”

Cleansed By The Word

There should be a process by which believers are being made more and more like Christ- even if it is only gradual.

2 Corinthians 3:18  NKJV     “But we all, with a veiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

     We should also be in the process of being cleansed by the washing of the Word. We should conform more and more to what the Word of God teaches.

John 17:17-19  NKJV     “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.”

     It is God’s desire that we be sanctified.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-4  NKJV     “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor”

     Our number one desire should be to please Jesus. As His bride we are to make ourselves ready for His return. He is coming back for a bride that is watching and waiting (and preparing) for His return.

The Bridegrooms Returns For His Bride

Luke 12:40  NKJV     “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

     We should live each day with the attitude of, “Today might be the day.” We are to watch and wait.

The third step of the wedding was when the bridegroom took the bride to his house. On the wedding day the groom would leave his home and go to the bride’s home to get her. As the groom returned to his own home with his bride a bridal procession followed. The groom took his bride into his house and completed the marriage. The Jewish wedding ceremony was conducted in the home of the groom with only a few witnesses.

One day Jesus will come and take His bride home (the rapture). Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken. Sin interferes with a person being properly prepared.

Matthew 25:1-13  NKJV     “The the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ The all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I saw to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you do not know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

     You must be ready for Jesus’ return yourself. No one else can make the preparations for you. In Biblical times if a groom arrived to get his bride and she was not ready or if he found her impure the wedding was off. Sometimes it cost her life. If Jesus arrives and finds us not ready or finds impurities (sin) in us, we will not be the bride of Christ.

The Marriage Supper Celebration

The fourth step of the wedding was the marriage supper celebration (wedding feast). Many people were invited to the marriage supper. The marriage supper lasted for seven days.

Revelation 19:7-9  NKJV     “ ‘Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready’ And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the rig hteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, ‘Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!” And he said to me, ‘These are the true saying of God.’ ”

     If we have accepted the arrangement made by God (salvation),we must take very serious our responsibilities and commitments. We must be so desperate for our bridegroom that we will do what ever it takes to be ready for His return. No one knows the exact time of His return, so we must be ready at all times. We must watch and wait for our Bridegroom comes like a thief in the night.

Revelation 16:15  NKJV     “Behold, I am coming as a thief. Blessed is he who watches, and keeps his garments, lest he walk naked and they see his shame.”

Review

1. The Bible refers to the church as what?

2. We have responsibilities and obligations to _____________, our bridegroom.

3. During Biblical times what were the steps to a Jewish wedding / marriage?

4. Who arranged for a marriage during Biblical times?

5. The family sometimes sent a servant or a __________________ to find a wife for the groom.

6. When the legal part of the marriage was complete and the dowry was paid, the bride was a ___________  part of the groom’s family.

7. Believers are the  _____________  of _______________.

8. If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you have ____________________your life to Him.

9. We are given gifts after accepting the arrangement (salvation) – the gifts of the ____________

10. . As the bride of Christ we have ___________rights as part of God’s family.

11. God the Father sent a match maker, the ___________  _____________, to bring us into the family of God.

12. The second step of the wedding was the time of the ________________________.

13. Both, the bride and the ______________, had preparations to take care of.

14. During this time the bride was prepared to be a __________________    ___________for her husband.

15. It was also the period of time in which the bride was observed for her _______________.

16. The groom was responsible to provide a suitable ____________ for the bride.

17. When Jesus ascended to heaven, forty days after His resurrection, He went to ________________ a place for us, His bride (the church/ the bride of Christ).

18. As the bride of Christ we should be undergoing a ________________   _____   _____________________ (to be set apart).

19. What is sanctification?

20. We are to set ourselves apart from sin for the ______________ use.

21. According to II Corinthians 3:18, into who’s image should we be transformed into?

22. We should conform more and more to what the ________  ____  ______  teaches.

23. Our number one desire should be to please ___________.

24. Jesus is coming back for a bride that is watching, waiting and ____________________ for His return.

25. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be taken when ___________ returns.

26. Sin _____________________ with a person being properly prepared.

27. If we have accepted salvation we must take very serious our _____________________________ and commitments.

28. Who knows when Jesus will return?

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Jesus Lights Up My Life

Jesus Lights Up My Life

Memory Verse: Philippians 2:14-15  NKJV

Life Application: The light that Jesus gives us is to be shared.

 

Light is a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.

Matthew 5:16  NKJV     “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

     Jesus is the Light of the World and we are to be a reflection of Him. He preached several sermons in which He declared Himself to be the Light of the World.

John 12:35-36  NKJV     “Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.”

     We are the temple of God. As the temple of God we are the light of Jesus Christ. God is interested in the temple (man) today. He has set the standards for His temple.

I Corinthians 3:16-17  NKJV     “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”

     During Jesus’ ministry the temple was the focal point. Jesus was very interested in the temple and what it reflected. He went in and cleansed the temple the first time at the beginning of His ministry. After Jesus turned the water into wine He went to the temple (the outer portion). His ministry as the Messiah began in the temple. He cleansed the outer portion of the temple.

John 2:13-16  NKJV     “Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. When He made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. And He said to those who sold doves, ‘Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!’ ”

    Jesus maintained the cleanliness of the temple. At the end of Jesus’ ministry He went back to the temple again to cleanse it again. At this time He did not use a whip, He used the Word.

Matthew 21:12-13  NKJV     “Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, ‘It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.’ ”

    God is a holy God. There is no evil or sin in Him. If we (man) desire to have fellowship with Him we also must be pure. God is interested in the temple (man) today and what we reflect. We must regularly cleanse our temple. Like Jesus, we must use the Word to cleanse our temple and to keep it holy.

Genesis 1:16-18     “Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the darkness. And God saw that it was good.”

    At creation God made two great lights, the sun and the moon. In the natural, the sun gives off light and the moon has no light except the reflected light of the sun. In the spiritual, the “sun” is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and we are the reflected light of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the True Light and we are to be a reflection of Him. We have no light outside of Jesus Christ.When we share something we make a conscience decision to give part of what we have to another. We do not try to keep things (knowledge or possessions) to ourselves. The light within us is to be shared.

Matthew 5:14  NKJV     “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”

     Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world. We are to be the light of the world.

Colossians 1:12  NKJV     “…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.”

     With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do.

Matthew 5:16  NKJV     “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Luke 11:33  NKJV     “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.”

 Philippians 2:14-15  NKJV     “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

     We should walk in the light each day.

Ephesians 5:8-14  NKJV     “For you were once darkness, but now you are a light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light. (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth). finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light.’ ”

     The sun is the physical light of the world, but Jesus is the spiritual light of the world. As the Light of the World, Jesus exposes sin and sinful ways, actions and attitudes.

John 8:12  NKJV     “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.’ ”

       In the physical realm, when the light is bright we can see the path that we are on more clearly. It is the same in the spiritual realm – as we walk in the light of Jesus Christ we can see the path that we are on more clearly. Our fellowship with God depends on our walking in the light. In the light our sins are revealed, enabling us to see our sins and to bring them to Jesus to be washed away by His blood (salvation.)

I John 1:5  NKJV     “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 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.”

      Day means light. Our task is to spread light, to illuminate the world with the light of God’s Word. As more light is produced the darkness and the night will disappear.

Philippians 2:14-15  NKJV     “Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation among whom you shine as lights in the world.”

        Wherever we go the light of Christ should be shining from us, and spreading into the darkness around us. The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.

Light indicates deliverance from darkness.  Each Christian has been delivered from darkness. Each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.

Matthew 5:15  NKJV     “Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”

     At the end of a long dark night, right before daybreak, we may be tempted to fall asleep. The Holy Spirit gives us strength to be awake and aware of the approaching daylight.

Matthew 25:1-13  NKJV     “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Now five of them were wise, and five of them were foolish. Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. But  while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight a dry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”

 

Review

1. We are to be a reflection of who?

2. We are the temple of God. Does God have standards for His temple?

3. During His ministry Jesus was very interested in the temple and what it __________________.

4. The second time that Jesus cleansed the temple what did He us?

5. The moon has no light except the _____________________________________ light of the sun.

6. The “sun” is _________________    ___________________, and we are the reflected light of Jesus Christ.

7. The light within us is to be shared. As a group discuss ways that you can share the light that Jesus has given you?

8. Jesus __________________________ sin and sinful ways, actions and attitudes.

9. As we walk in the light of Jesus Christ we can see the _____________ that we are on more clearly.

10. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we _____________________ it.

11. We must make sure that nothing comes ___________________ us and the light of Jesus Christ.

12. As a group discuss what you can do to make sure that nothing comes between you and the light Of Jesus Christ.

13. Write out your testimony.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

Beside salvation, what wonderful thing has God done for you?

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