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Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death & Burial And Resurrection

Memory Verse: Matthew 28:6

Bible Truth: Jesus did not stay dead.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction
Sin separates us from God, and sin must be punished. Because God loves us so much, He allowed Jesus to take our punishment for our sin.

John 3:16-17 NKJV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Jesus Christ was the only person that never sinned, therefore He was the only person that would be acceptable as a sacrifice. Jesus made a way to God by dying on the cross for our sins.

Romans 3:23-16 NKJV
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”

Crucifixion was a humiliating and agonizing form of death. Jesus chose to suffer the whipping, the bruising, and the pain of the cross because He knew it was the only way a sacrifice could be made for the sins of the world.

(USE A POSTER THAT SHOWS HOW JESUS BRIDGED THE GAP TO GOD)

3. Praise and Worship Songs –
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4. Memory Verse
Matthew 28:6
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

5. Jesus Hung On The Cross

Matthew 27:27-31 NKJV
“Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him.
And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.”

Mark 15:16-20 NKJV
“Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison.
And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him.”

After Jesus’ arrest and trial, the Roman soldiers publicly whipped Jesus and then hung Him on a cross, at the same time that the Passover lamb was being sacrificed. Jesus was crucified at a place called Golgotha, also known as the Skull.

As Jesus hung on the cross He could have called angels to rescue Him, but He chose not to. He was obedient to the Father even to the point of death.

Around noon, it became very dark outside. During this time Jesus was in agony and He cried out to God. As He cried out to God, those standing around the cross continued to make fun of Him. Finally, around three o’clock, Jesus cried out, “It is finished.” Then He died.

Matthew 27:45-50 NKJV
“Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

6. Game – Kangaroo Hop Relay Race

Matthew 28:6
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Divide the children into two teams. Line the teams up at one end of the room. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop to the front and say the memory verse, then hop back to their team. The next person on the team will do the same thing. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. At The Moment Of Jesus’ Death
At the moment of His death the veil, which was four inches thick, in the temple was torn in to from the top to the bottom. This demonstrated that we were no longer separated from God, but now we had direct access to Him.

Matthew 27:51-54 NKJV
“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split,
and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised;
and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many.
So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Also, at the moment of His death, there was a great earthquake. The earthquake caused many tombs to open up and the dead people in them were raised back to life, much like Lazarus. These people went into the town and they were recognized by those who saw them. One of the soldiers who witnessed this finally realized that Jesus was the Son of God.

Matthew 27:57-66 NKJV
“Now when evening had come, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be given to him. When Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his new tomb which he had hewn out of the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the door of the tomb, and departed. And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the tomb. On the next day, which followed the Day of Preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees gathered together to Pilate, saying, “Sir, we remember, while He was still alive, how that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise.’ Therefore command that the tomb be made secure until the third day, lest His disciples come by night and steal Him away, and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead.’ So the last deception will be worse than the first.” Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go your way, make it as secure as you know how.” So they went and made the tomb secure, sealing the stone and setting the guard.”

Jesus was taken down from the cross prior to 6:00 P.M. and buried in a garden tomb that was secured with an official Roman seal and guard.

8. Game – Jig-Saw Relay

Matthew 28:6
“He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Need: 2 poster boards (of different colors), a marker and 2 small baskets.
Write the memory verse on each poster board, then cut the poster boards into ten pieces each. Keep each one separate.

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the two teams in lines. Place the puzzles in two small baskets a short distance from the teams. At a signal the first person on each team must go to the puzzle pieces and put their puzzle together. Once the puzzle is together they must read it out loud, then put the puzzle back in the basket and run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Jesus Is Risen
On the first day of the week, early Sunday morning, some of Jesus’ friends, Mary Magdalene and another Mary, went to finish anointing Jesus’ body. In the garden they met an angel who told them that Jesus was not there. The angel told them to, “Come and see the place where He lay, then go quickly and tell the disciples.” Jesus had risen from the dead and He was no longer in the tomb.

Matthew 28:1-8 NKJV
“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow.
And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men. But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.”

10. Game – Where’s My Shepherd?

Need 2 teams

Name each team ( blue team / green team). Tell each person which team they are on. One person on each team will be the shepherd and the other people will be the sheep.

Blindfold the sheep. Place the shepherds and place them away from the sheep.
At a signal the sheep must find their shepherd by the shepherd’s voice.
The shepherd may repeat their team color over and over.
The sheep must crawl – no standing.
The first shepherd that get all their sheep to come to them will be the winning team.

11. Jesus Is The Firstfruits
Jesus did not stay dead. Because of His resurrection we have the hope and promise of resurrection also.

1 Corinthians 15:20 NJKV
“But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

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.”

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.”

12. Game – Tic -Tac-Toe (Lesson Review)

1. Jesus Christ was the only person that never ______________.
Sinned

2. Jesus made a way to _________ by dying on the cross for our sins.
God

3. The Roman soldiers publicly done what to Jesus?
They whipped Him

4. Jesus was hung on a cross at 3:00 P.M., at the same time that the ________________ ___________ was being sacrificed.
Passover lamb

5. Jesus was crucified at a place called ________________, also known as the “Skull.”
Golgotha

6. Jesus chose to suffer the whipping, the bruising, and the pain of the cross because He knew it was the ___________ way a sacrifice could be made for the sins of the world.
only

7. While hanging on the cross it became very ___________ outside.
Dark

8. Around three o’clock, Jesus cried out, “It is _________________.”
Finished

9. At the moment of Jesus’ death the veil, which was ___________ inches thick, in the temple was torn in to from the top to the bottom.
Four

10. What did this demonstrate? ___________________________________________

That we were no longer separated from God, but now we had direct access to Him.

11. At the moment of Jesus’ death, there was a great _______________________.
Earthquake

12. What did the earthquake cause?
It caused many tombs to open up and the dead people in them were raised back to life.

13. One of the soldiers who witnessed the earthquake realized that Jesus was the __________ of God.
Son

14. What happened to Jesus’ body when it was taken down from the cross?
He was buried in a garden tomb that was secured with an official Roman seal and guard.

15. On the first day of the week, early Sunday morning, some of Jesus’ friends, Mary Magdalene and another Mary, went to finish _________________ Jesus’ body.
Anointing

13. Worship Song – __________________________

14. Challenge and Altar
Just as the first believers confessed Jesus as their Savior in order to have their sins forgiven, we must to. There is only one way to God and that is through Jesus. Everything that Jesus suffered was for you – so that your spirit, soul and body could be healed.

Have you received salvation through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross?

John 14:6 NKJV
“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

A – Admit that you have sinned.

Romans 3:23
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

B – Believe in Jesus.

Acts 16:31
“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

C – Confess your sins to God, then forsake (leave) your sins

1 John 1:9
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins.”

Allow children time to pray.

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

 

                     

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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.

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Taking The First Step

TAKING THE FIRST STEP

Memory Verse: Luke 15:18-19

Life Application: When we spiritually fall we need to arise and go to the Father.

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Bible Text:

Luke 15:17

Isaiah 6:5

Esther 4:7-8

1 John 1:8-9

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Luke 15:18-19

Esther 4:16

John 14:6

Romans 10:9

Acts 16:31

Luke 15:20-22

Esther 4:13

Matthew 27:50-51

Hebrews 10:19-20

1 John 1:9

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The first step to worshiping God is salvation. You cannot truly worship God with sin in your life because worship is a lifestyle that reverences a holy God. It is not just singing a song with your mouth – it comes from within you. Worship involves every part of you. We can follow the examples of the prodigal son, the sinful woman, and Esther to become a child of God. Like them we must:

1. Realize that we are in danger

2. Know who can save us

3.Go directly to the one that can save us

I. Realize That You Are In Danger

As the prodigal son was in the pig pen (the lowest point in his life) he realized that he had sinned against God and against his father.

Luke 15:17 NKJV

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!’ ”

He had to go through a lot of bad things and hard times before he would admit that he had sinned and that he was in danger.

The woman with the alabaster box knew that she was a sinful woman. She knew the law and the penalty of breaking the law. She had probably been standing among the crowd as Jesus spoke before. In His presence she truly realized that she was in danger spiritually. The Holy Spirit began to convict her of her sin and within (unseen to the eye) her heart began to change. She might have even had thoughts along the same line as Isaiah when He encountered the holy presence of God.

Isaiah 6:5 NKJV

“So I said:

‘Woe is me, for I am undone!

Because I am a man of unclean lips;

And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips;

For my eyes have seen the King,

The Lord of hosts.’ ”

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them. It was a plot that, had it been effective, would have separated her from the king.

Esther 4:7-8 NKJV

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for the destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

Every person born is in danger of separation from the King (God) because of sin, Every person has sinned, and every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the lake of fire (away from God’s presence.) The first step to salvation is admitting that you have sinned. Once we take that first step, God is there like the prodigal son’s father with arms outstretched for you.

1 John 1:8-9 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and top cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

Romans 6:23 NKJV

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

II. Know Who Can Save You

The prodigal son knew who could save him. He knew that his father was in a position to help him.

Luke 15:18-19 NKJV

“I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me one of your hired servants.’ ”

The woman with the alabaster box knew who could save her. She had heard Jesus speak before and she knew the message of salvation and hope that He brought. She knew His repetition and that He welcomed everyone into the kingdom of God. Who knows, maybe she had even heard about the woman ‘caught’ in adultery or the woman at the well.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16 NKJV

“Go gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9 NKJV

“that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

III. Go To The Person That Can Save You

The prodigal son arose from his present lifestyle and went to His father.

Luke 15:20-22 NKJV

“And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven

and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet.”

The ‘sinful’ woman went to Jesus. The Holy Spirit had already began a transformation in her heart. Quiet possibly alone, at home, the woman experienced convection and true repentance. She had already had a ‘heart change’ before she went to the house to anoint Jesus’ feet. Because of her ‘new heart’ she wanted to let Jesus know how much she loved Him and what He meant to her (worship).

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else, she went personally to the king. Esther knew that her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not want to go to the king. Then Esther realized that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from his presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13 NKJV

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: ‘Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?’ ”

Many times we are like Esther – when the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the king (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the king (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into (from the top to the bottom) by God.

Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV

“And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit.

Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”

Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. There is no man, church or religion that has the power (or authority) to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus”

1 John 1:9 NKJV

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

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Review

1. What is the first step to worshiping God?

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2. Worship is a lifestyle. What does that mean?

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3. As the prodigal son was at the _____________ ____________ in his life he realized that he had sinned against God and against his father.

4. Sometimes people have to go through a lot of bad things and hard times before they will admit that they had sinned and that they need God. Why is this?

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5.Who convicts us of sin?

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6. Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. What might have happened to her if the plot had been effective?

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7. Every person born is in danger of separation from the King (God) because of _______.

8. Who has sinned?

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9. The first step to salvation is ____________________that you have sinned.

10. How is God like the prodigal son’s father?

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11. The prodigal son ….

* admitted that he had _____________ against his father and against God.

* knew who could ___________ him.

* knew that his ________________ was in a position to help him.

12. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. How is this truth accepted in our world today?

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13. In John 14:6, what did Jesus say?

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14. Esther did not send a _________________ to the king by someone else, she went personally to the king himself.

15. What are some excesses that people give for not accepting Jesus as their Savior?

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16. At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into (from the top to the bottom) by God. What does this mean for us today?

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17. There is no __________, church or _______________ that has the power (or authority) to save you.

18. What wonderful promise are we given in 1 John 1:9 ?

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The Not So Secret Mission

Matthew 28:19-20 NKJV

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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White As Snow

WHITE AS SNOW

Memory Verse: Isaiah 1:18

Life Application: My sins can be forgiven.

 

Bible Text:

Isaiah 1:18

John 14:6

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

James 4:17

Romans 3:23

John 3:16-17

Romans 5:8

1 Peter 2:24

Acts 16:31

1 John 1:9

Romans 10:9

Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

“ ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord,

‘Though your sins are like scarlet,

They shall be as white as snow;

Though they are red like crimson,

They shall be as wool’ ”

God does not compromise with us concerning our sin and the seriousness of it. Because of His great love for us He is willing to forgive (pardon) us. Before we can be forgiven we must come to a realization that we have sinned against a holy God – that we have disregarded and broken His commandments. We must admit that we are at fault. God is waiting, willing and able to forgive us of our sins.

When we turn to Him in true repentance He will forgive us. The forgiveness that God offers us is made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. There is no way to heaven but by Jesus. He is the only way – the way, the truth and the life.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

When Jesus willingly laid down His life on the cross it made salvation available to every person that had ever lived and every person that would live. All we have to do is repent of our sins. When we do we will experience the miracle of salvation. You can receive the miracle of salvation by:

Admitting that you have sinned against God.

1 John 1:8 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

James 4:17 NKJV

“Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

 

Believing In Jesus Christ.

John 3:16-17 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Romans 5:8 NKJV

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

1 Peter 2:24 NKJV

“who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

Acts 16:31

“Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved”

Confessing your sins to 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. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Romans 10:9 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.”

Review

1. What is sin according to James 4:17?

 

2. What does forgiven and pardon mean?

 

3. God does not compromise with us concerning our sin. What does compromise mean?

 

4. When we turn to God in true _______________________ He will forgive us.

 

5. The forgiveness that God offers us is made possible by the ______________________ of Jesus Christ.

 

6. How many ways are there to God and to heaven?

 

7. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. What does that mean?

 

8. When Jesus willingly laid down His life on the cross it made salvation available to _____________ person that had ever lived and _______________ person that would live.

 

9. You can receive the miracle of salvation by:

* Admitting that you have ____________________ against God.

* Believing In _______________ _________________.

* Confessing your ___________ to God.

 

10. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” 1 John 1:8 NKJV

How does this verse apply to your life?

 

11. What does “fall short of the glory of God” mean?

 

12. Why did God send His Son to this world?

 

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13. How did God demonstrate His love toward us?

 

14. What does confess mean?

 

 

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Accepting and Preparing

ACCEPTING AND PREPARINGMemory Verse: 1 Peter 1:15

Life Application: We are to be holy in all our conduct.

Bible Text:

1 Peter 1:15

Esther 4:7-8

1 John 1:8

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Esther 4:16

John 14:6

Romans 10:9

Acts 16:31

Esther 4:13

Matthew 27:51

Hebrews 10:19-20

1 John 1:9

2 Peter 3:11-13

Luke 3:8

1 Peter 1:13-15

Philippians 1:27

 

Realize The Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8 NKJV

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8 NKJV

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23 NKJV

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

Romans 6:23 NKJV

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

Know Who Can Save

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16 NKJV

““Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6 NKJV

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9 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.”

Acts 16:31 NKJV

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Go To The Person Save

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13 NKJV

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51 NKJV

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20 NKJV

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

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.”

Prepare To Go Before The King

2 Peter 3:11-13 NKJV

Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Luke 3:8 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His bride. Just like Esther there is a preparation period. Our preparation period is from the moment that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the moment that we stand before Him.

1 Peter 1:13-15 NKJV

“Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance;
but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct”

Philippians 1:27 NKJV

“Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel”

How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King? What are you putting on? A few things that we should put on, just to name a few, are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, self-control, obedience, humility, brokenness.

 

Review

1. Esther was made aware of the fact that the _________ lives were in danger.

2. Every person born is in danger of _______________________ from God because of sin.

3. Every person has sinned. What is sin?

4. Esther knew that the king held the __________________ to save them.

5. It is only through _____________ blood that our sins are washed away.

6. Esther went directly to the ____________ to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people.

7. The ___________ __________ draws us to the King (God) for salvation.

8. At Jesus’ death the __________ in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

9. Does religion have the power or authority to save you?

10. When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His ____________.

11. How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King?

 

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The Truth Shall Set You Free

THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE

Memory Verse: John 8:34-36

 

Bible Truth: Jesus Christ sets us free.

 

Through Jesus we are free from the fear of death, free from our sins, free from being alone, free to have a new life.

John 8:34-36 NKJV

“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.
And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever.
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”

I. WE DO NOT HAVE TO FEAR DEATH

There are people that have not heard the truth about God’s hope for today and tomorrow – His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

They do not know that their sins can be removed so they live under the weight of their transgressions. Spiritual darkness and dread on their final day is their existence, never understanding that freedom from sin comes through faith in Jesus Christ and that death isn’t to be feared.

Acts 4:12 NKJV

“Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Believers don’t fear the One who takes away sin. Instead, they look to Jesus Christ for their salvation, knowing that through Him their wrongdoings have been pardoned at the cross. We can have forgiveness and hope beyond the grave. When the end comes for believers they will be welcomed into the presence of their loving Lord; instead of an end, it is a beginning.

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part I.

1. Why do you think some people are afraid to turn to Jesus for salvation and help?

 

2. Read John 3:16. How do we receive everlasting life?

John 3:16 NKJV

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life”

3. Read John 3:36. What happens to a person that does not believe in Jesus Christ, God‘s one and only Son?

 

 

John 3:36 NKJV

“He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

4. What does redeemed mean?

 

5. Read 1 Peter 1:18-21. We have not been redeemed with corruptible things. What were we redeemed with?

 

 

1 Peter 1:18-21 NKJV

“knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you
who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.”

6. Read Hebrews 12:2. Why did Jesus endure the cross?

 

 

Hebrews 12:2 NKJV

“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

7. Read Romans 10:9. How does Romans 10:9 apply to your life?

 

Romans 10:9 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.”

8. Read John 1:29. Who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?

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!”

9. How should believers feel about death in regards to someone‘s passing?

 

13. How has Jesus taken the fear out of death?

 

14. According to John 14:1-3, why should we not be afraid of death?

 

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 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”

II. WE ARE FORGIVEN THROUGH JESUS CHRIST

The Bible tells us that only Jesus Christ has the authority to forgive sins; that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn but to remove the burden of sin and the shame. Sadly, this truth is lost on many people – young and old. There no sin is so great that God will not forgive. When a person asks for forgiveness their soul is flooded with relief. God promise, “Come to Me and I will give you rest” is available to every one. Even though there may be hidden sins that create a burden of guilt, God is ready to offer forgiveness and fill our heart with peace. All we have to do is ask.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part II.

1. Many people carry a heavy burden of guilt because of sin. Why do you think they refuse to reveal their sin to God?

 

2. What does condemned mean?

 

3. Read John 3:17-18. Why did God send His Son to this world?

 

John 3:17-18 NKJV

“For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God”

4. Read John 8:12. What does Jesus mean in John 8:12?

 

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.”

5. Read 1 John 1:9. When we confess our sins to God, what will He do?

 

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.”

6. Read Romans 5:1. We can have __________________ with God through Jesus.

 

Romans 5:1 NKJV

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

7. Why do you think we should want others to hear the gospel?

 

 

8. Read Matthew 11:28 and Isaiah 26:3. Christ has promised to take our burdens on Him. When we are heavy laden, He will give us _______. He will keep us in perfect __________________.

 

Matthew 11:28 NKJV

“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

III. GOD IS WITH US ALWAYS

Being a child of God doesn’t guarantee that we won’t face trouble in our lifetime. However, God’s comfort and loving-kindness is in the midst of our hardship. So when trials happen – and they will – God promises to be with us now and forever. But whatever the crises – serous illness, financial loss, domestic abuse, or impending death – God promises to be at our side.

 

Matthew 26:36-45 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.”
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.”
Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What! Could you not watch with Me one hour?
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Again, a second time, He went away and prayed, saying, “O My Father, if this cup cannot pass away from Me unless I drink it, Your will be done.”
And He came and found them asleep again, for their eyes were heavy.
So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.”

When we pray, God hears our pleading just as He heard Jesus’ prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane. Nonetheless, Christ obeyed His Father’s will and faced the cross knowing that God’s love surrounded Him.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part III.

1.In the past, what did you do to overcome fear, and how did your faith in God help?

 

2. Jesus faced a night of intense emotional anguish before being arrested. Hoe did Jesus handle this situation?

 

3. God is with us when we face challenging times. Read Hebrews 13:5-6. What reassurance does Hebrews 13:5-6 give?

 

 

Hebrews 13:5-6 NKJV

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

4. Read Romans 8:38-39. What reassurance does Romans 8:38-39 give?

 

Romans 8:38-39 NKJV

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

5. Read Psalm 23. What reassurance does Psalm 23 give?

 

 

Psalms 23 NKJV

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters.
He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me All the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord Forever.”

6. Read Psalm 46:1-3. What reassurance does Psalms 46:1-3 give?

 

 

Psalms 46:1-3 NKJV

“God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah”

7. Read Psalm 118:6. What reassurance does Psalms 118:6 give?

 

 

Psalms 118:6 NKJV

“The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

IV. A NEW LIFE IN CHRIST

Instead of seeking God as a pathway to forgiveness, there are many that turn to myths and New Age philosophies. These cults present ideas as truth that do not agree with the Bible but are adhered to by many, including prominent figures. These people never acknowledging their evil deeds or truly repent. We only have to look at news accounts of groups who have followed beliefs that took control of their lives. In each account their belief system and leader failed them. Instead of myths and New Age philosophies, we need to base our belief system on God’s Word. There we learn that Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life. And when we accept God’s gift of salvation, we are changed, made whole, and given a new purpose. It’s a new way of living – one that is filled with joy.

 

Questions and Fill-In The Blanks – Part IV.

1. Reflect on some of the false beliefs that exist today. How are these New Age philosophies or cults incongruent with the scriptures?

 

2. What tragic news- making events have occurred in the past because of untruths disguised as religion?

 

3. Read Ephesians 5:1-2. Believers in Jesus Christ must _________________ Him and they must ______________ in love.

 

Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV

“Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.
And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.”

4. What does imitate mean?

 

5. Read Psalm 89:1. Believers in Jesus Christ must make known God’s ________________________ to everyone.

 

Psalm 89:1 NKJV

“I will sing of the mercies of the Lord forever; With my mouth will I make known Your faithfulness to all generations.”

6. Read Colossians 3:23. Whatever a believer in Jesus Christ does, it must be done as if they are doing it for the _______________.

 

Colossians 3:23 NKJV

“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men”

7. Read 1 John 3:18. Believers are to love in their words and in their ________________.

 

1 John 3:18 NKJV

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”

8. Read John 13:34-35. How will people know if you are a disciple of Christ or not?

 

John 13:34-35 NKJV

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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Wells of Salvation

WEEK 1Wells of Salvation

Memory Verse:  Isaiah 12:3

Bible Truth:  We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

 

1. Open in prayer

 

2. Introduction – What Is A Well?

A well is a hole made to draw up fluids,  a hole or shaft that is dug or drilled into the ground in order to obtain water, brine, petroleum, or natural gas. It is also a source of something, a source providing a freely and abundantly available supply of something.

God is our source of everything that we need or could ever desire. He provides for His children freely and abundantly. His provisions are always available.

 

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1.  ___________________________________________________

2. ___________________________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse:

Isaiah 12:3      “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.”

 

5. From The Wells of Salvation

 

Isaiah 12:2-3  NKJV       “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

Isaiah 55:1  NKJV      “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come to the waters; And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price.’ ”

       During the Bible times, the provision of springs and wells was regarded as a gift from God, or a divine gift. As a child of God we can draw from any of the many “wells” that God offers. In the above verse, thirsts is a metaphor for desiring what satisfies a person’s spirit. An invitation is given for everyone who is “thirsty” to come to the waters to receive what satisfies.

 

Isaiah 44:3  NKJV        “For I will pour water on him who is thirst,

And floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your descendants,

And My blessing on your offspring”

Psalm 42:1  NKJV      “As the deer pants for the water brooks,

So pants my soul for You, O God.”

6. Game- Wells Match-Up Game

God provides us with wells of living water, belief, power, peace, love, blessings, healing, wisdom.

Isaiah 12:3  NKJV      “Therefore with joy you will draw water

From the wells of salvation.”

Need: 16 envelopes

Make 2 slips of paper with the word “satisfaction” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “belief” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “power” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “peace” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “love” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “blessings” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “healing” on them, 2 slips of paper with the word “wisdom” on them. Put each slip of paper in an envelope.

Need 16 children to play this game. Give each child an envelope. At he signal they must open it and find the match to their word.

7. Go And Sin No More

The day after the Feast of Tabernacles Jesus went to the temple early in the morning. He sat down and began to teach the people that came to Him there. As Jesus was teaching a group of scribes and Pharisees brought a woman to Him whom they said was caught in adultery. These men knew what the Law of Moses stated concerning adultery, but they were hoping to trap Jesus into saying something that was contrary to the Law.

 

John 7:53-8:1-11  NKJV“And everyone went to his own house. But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

      Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?’ This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, ‘He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.’ And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, ‘Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, Lord.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.’ ”

          True repentance is turning from your sin and going the opposite way, to make a conscience decision to turn away from sin. True repentance is to ‘Go and sin no more.’ When we have repented of our sins it is referred to as being “saved” or “Born Again.”

 

8. Game – Salvation Match-Up

Need: Slips of paper with salvation verses on them – divide each verse in half.

Examples: Titus 3:5, Psalm 51:1-2, Isaiah 1:16, 1 John 1:7, Psalm 51:7, 1 John 1:9, John 3:16

Give each child a slip of paper. At the signal they will need to find the person who has the second part of their verse. They will need a Bible to check to see if they are correct. The children that correctly finds their partner is the winner.

9. Benefits of Salvation

Our salvation through Jesus Christ not only restores us to a right relationship with God, but it does a whole lot more. It also supplies what is necessary for life and provides what brings us joy. In Isaiah 55:1, the words “wine and milk” are symbols of complete satisfaction. Our salvation truly brings us complete and abundant satisfaction.

 

Isaiah 55:1-2  NKJV        “Ho! Everyone who thirsts,

Come o the waters; And you who have no money,

Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk

Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread,

And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,

And let your soul delight itself in abundance.’ ”

      Through our salvation we can enjoy many other benefits, favors, and, gifts from God. We can receive anything which is for our good or advantage. Christians may drink from any of the many “wells” that God provides. A few of them are spiritual satisfaction, belief/faith, power, peace, love, blessings, and healings.

 

Psalm 68:19  NKJV     “Blessed be the Lord,

Who daily loads us with benefits,

The God of our salvation.”

 

Psalm 116:12  NKJV       “What shall I render to the Lord

For all His benefits toward me?”

Psalm 103:2  NKJV      “Bless the Lord, O my soul,

And forget not all His benefits”

      As we drink from the wells that God provides to us we must never forget to give Him the thanks that He deserves. It would have been enough for God to just save us from eternal separation from Him, however He did not stop there.

Through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross we can receive much, much, more. The benefits that we are provided with are endless. We can joyfully draw water from whatever well we thirst for.

Isaiah 12:2-3  NKJV       “Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’” Therefore with joy you will draw water From the wells of salvation.”

10. Game – Balancing Soap Relay

Need: 2 bars of soap and 1 poster board.

Write the following on the poster board:  “Jesus’ blood washes my sins away.”

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team a bar of soap. Tape the sign a short distance away from the teams. The first person on each team is to balance the soap on their head, hurry to the sign . At the sign they are to take the soap off their head, read what the sign says ( Jesus’ blood washes my sins away.) then run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner

 

11. Accessing  the Wells

We can access the wells of spiritual satisfaction, faith, power, peace, love, blessings, wisdom, and healings by becoming a child of God. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become part of God’s family.

* God loves everyone and wants us to become members of His family.

John 3:16  NKJV     “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

* Sin separates us from God. Everyone has sinned and needs forgiveness. Sin is disobeying God in any way.

Romans 3:23 NKJV     “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

James 4:17  NKJV     “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.”

* The punishment for sin is separation from God. This is spiritual death. But Jesus took our punishment for sin by dying on the cross.

Romans 3:23 NKJV     “ for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”

 

Romans 5:8  NKJV     “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

 

1 Peter 2:24  NKJV    “who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.”

* Salvation is free, a gift; we cannot buy it. We simply ask forgiveness for our sins and receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 

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.”

* After we accept salvation through faith, we need to tell others that we have received Jesus as Savior.

Romans 10:9  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.”

* We should grow as a new Christian through Bible reading, daily prayer, regular church attendance, and obeying God’s commands.

 

12. Game – Pass The Gift Relay Race

Salvation is free, a gift; we cannot buy it. We simply ask forgiveness for our sins and receive the gift of salvation.

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Need: Two boxes wrapped up as gifts. Place a snack inside (enough for the entire group) before wrapping them up.

Divide the group into two teams and line them up in rows. Hand a gift to the first person in each row. They are to pass the gift to the person behind them and so on. When the gift gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and pass the gift to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. At the end of the meeting, allow each team to open the gifts and share what’s inside.

13. Worship Song – ________________________________

 

14. Challenge and Altar – Accepting Jesus’ Sacrifice and Forsaking Sin

Throughout the Bible when people had an encounter with Jesus they were changed. Jesus did not condemn them.  However, He did show them their sinful state by challenging them to consider their own sinful  / spiritual condition.

Before we can receive salvation we must recognize our sinful condition. We were born into this world as a sinner, separated from God. We can not change this condition ourselves. As a sinner man wants his own way, not God’s way.

Jesus gave the people He encountered hope and forgiveness. Then they were instructed to, “Go and sin no more.” They were to forsake their sins.

 

Forsake: to abandon, to withdraw companionship, protection, or support from, to give up, renounce, or sacrifice something that gives pleasure .

 

Hebrews 10:26-27 NKJV     “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”

     After we receive the forgiveness that Jesus paid for we must heed His words of “Go and sin no more.“ We must not sin willfully. To sin willfully means persistent, deliberate rejection of the good news (Jesus‘ sacrifice), the gospel.

Persistent : incessant (unceasing,  continuing for a long time without stopping) or unrelenting (determined and unyielding), or existing or continuing for an long time.

Deliberate : intentional (done on purpose, not by accident ), thought out, and done intentionally.

     If a person rejects the sacrifice of Jesus, there is no other sacrifice for their sins. If a person refuses to be freed from sin, there is nothing to deliver them from the fearful expectation of judgment.

 

Have you encountered Jesus in a way that has challenged you to consider your own spiritual condition?

Have you heeded Jesus’ words of “Go and sin no more.”?

Are you allowing deliberate or persistent sin to remain in your life?

15. Crafts

16. Refreshments or light meal.

17. Dismissal

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Masquerade

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Theme: Masquerade / Princess Ball

Memory Verse: Esther 4:14 

Bible Truth: Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction-  What Is Purim

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning “lot”. Lots, somewhat like drawing straws, was used in the book of Esther to determine the date in which the Jews were to be destroyed.

Esther 3:7  NKJV    

In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar”

     Purim was instituted when God lead the enemies of His people to their own destruction. Purim is therefore about deliverance.

 

Esther 9:18-19  NKJV  

“But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

Esther 9:26-32  NKJV  

“So they called these days Purim, after the name Pur. Therefore, because of all the words of this letter, what they had seen concerning this matter, and what had happened to them, the Jews established and imposed it upon themselves and their descendants and all who would join them, that without fail they should celebrate these two days every year, according to the written instructions and according to the prescribed time, that these days should be remembered and kept throughout every generation, every family, every province, and every city, that these days of Purim should not fail to be observed among the Jews, and that the memory of them should not perish among their descendants. Then Queen Esther, the daughter of Abihail, with Mordecai the Jew, wrote with full authority to confirm this second letter about Purim. And Mordecai sent letters to all the Jews, to the one hundred and twenty-seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, to confirm these days of Purim at their appointed time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting. So the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim, and it was written in the book.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs:

1.) __________________________________

2.) __________________________________

 

4. Memory Verse

Esther 4:14  NKJV    

“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

5. A Reminder of God’s Faithfulness

The feast of Purim is an annual reminder of God’s faithful on behalf of His people. It is celebrated on the fourteenth and fifteenth day of Adar.

Esther 9:18 NKJV  

   “But the Jews who were at Shushan assembled together on the thirteenth day, as well as on the fourteenth; and on the fifteenth of the month they rested, and made it a day of feasting and gladness. Therefore the Jews of the villages who dwelt in the unwalled towns celebrated the fourteenth day of the month of Adar with gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and for sending presents to one another.”

6. Game – “Cup Stacking”

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

The cups should be stacked like this:

X

XX

XXX

XXXX

     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 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.

7. A Reminder of God’s Providence and Protection

We can learn many things from the story of Esther and from the feast of Purim. As a child of God, we too, are in the hand of God’s providence and protection. God intervenes on our behalf. As we look back on our life we can see where God has been working on our behalf.

Psalm 37:23  NKJV   

  “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way.” 

     Just like the Jews in the book of Esther, we too, have an enemy that is out to destroy us.

I Peter 5:8  NKJV   

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

      God’s hand of providence and protection on behalf of His people is evident throughout the book of Esther even though His name does not appear once in the book. The hand of God, working on behalf of His people is seen throughout the entire book. God’s plan of deliverance saved the Jewish people from a plot to destroy them. Just like the Jewish people in Esther, God has planned a way of deliverance for us from Satan, our enemy too.

8. Game – Pass The Ball Relay Race

Need: 2 balls.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Hand a ball to the first person on each team. They are to pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the ball gets to the last person in each row they are to run to the front of the line and say the memory verse, then pass the ball to the person behind them and so on. When the original first person is back in the front of the line the game is over. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Ways To Celebrate God’s Promise To Preserve His Children.

Purim has evolved into a holiday about rejoicing. Traditionally on Purim the entire book of Esther is read from a megillah (scroll). As the book of Esther is read the children make a noise with a noise maker every time the name of Haman is read. Also, the name of Haman may be written on the bottom of their shoes and then they stomp their every time the name of Haman is read.

Sometimes children celebrate Purim by dressing up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman and parading through the streets. People sometime wear costumes on Purim because Esther had to keep her identity a secret when she first became queen. She had to disguise her true identity.

Esther 2:10  

   “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it.”

Ways To Celebrate Purim

* Dress up in costumes and masks

* Have a drama (play) about Esther

* Make baskets of holiday treats to give to someone you love

* Have a bonfire and burn a replica of Haman

* Make “Haman Ear” (Hamanitaschen) cookies

* Sending presents to one another

* Parading through the streets dressed up as Queen Esther, Mordecai, and Haman

* Wear costumes to keep your identity a secret

* Have a bonfire – burn a replica of Haman

* Make a “snowHaman” then burn rags and wood at its feet until the snow is melted.

* Build a life-sized “Haman” scarecrow.

* Draw pictures and make cut-outs of Haman on wooden board and cardboard. During the reading of the book of Esther throw these pictures on the floor and stomp on them and make a lot of noise when they hear the name “Haman.”

No matter how you may choose to celebrate Purim ( if you do) , you should always remember that God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome. God is in control, even while He is concealed.

10. Game – “What’s In The Basket”

Need: A basket, a small cloth to cover up the basket, 10 small items  to put in the basket, paper and pencils.

Pass around the basket with the items in it for everyone to look at. Cover up basket. Give each person a piece of paper and a pencil. Instruct everyone to write down what was in the basket (as many things as they can remember).

11. What We Can Learn From The Book Of Esther.

* God will lead our enemies to their own destruction.

* When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find favor in His sight.

* We must prepare ourselves to go into our Kings presence.

* When we take time to find out what our King likes and prepare ourselves to go into His presence, we will be able to be used by Him to deliver others.

* We must be properly clothed (we must cloth ourselves with the righteousness of Christ) – we must prepare ourselves to look like the bride of Christ.

* As we stand before our King, properly clothed and prepared, we will not be separated from His presence by death.

* God’s promise to preserve His children cannot be overcome.

* God is in control, even while He is concealed.

* God is faithful to His people.

* As a child of God, we are in the hand of God’s providence and protection.

* God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are unaware of it.

* You must realize that you are in danger, know who can save you, then go to the person that can save you. Our salvation comes only from God.

* We should never stop rejoicing in the salvation that God has given us.

* Our footsteps are ordered by God.

* Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to save others.

12. Game – “Review Tic-Tac – Toe”

Need: poster board , 16 index cards , tape.

Draw a large tic-tac-toe board on the poster board. On 8 index cards write a “O” and on 8 index cards write an “X”.

Divide the class into two teams. Place the tic-tac-toe board a short distance from the teams. Give one team the “O” cards and the other team the “X” cards.

Ask the teams questions, one at a time. If they answer the question correctly the may place one of their cards on the board. The first team that gets three of their cards in a row is the winner.

1. What is Purim?

Purim is a festival (holiday) from the book of Esther that celebrates God’s protection for His people.

2. The word Purim is an Aramaic word meaning ____________________.

Lots

3. God is ___________________________________.

Faithful

4. God _____________________________________ on our behalf.

Intervenes

5. Who is the enemy that is out to destroy us?

Satan

6. When we take time to find out what the King of Kings likes, what pleases Him, we will find _____________ in His sight.

Favor

7. We must prepare ourselves to look like the ______________ of Christ.

bride

8. God promises to ____________________- You cannot be overcome.

preserve

9.  God is in control, even when you cannot ____________ Him.

See

10. God intervenes on our behalf, even when we are _____________________ of it.

Unaware

11. We should never stop ____________________ in the salvation that God has given us.

Rejoicing

12. Sometimes God allows for us to be put in desperate situations in order to ____________ others.

save

13. Every person born is in danger of ___________________________ from God because of sin.

Separation

14. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them ___________________ in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.)

thrown

15. You must realize and admit that you have _________________.

Sinned

16. Jesus is the only _____________ we can be saved.

way

17. It is only through Jesus’ _______________ that our sins are washed away.

Blood

18. Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of ______________ not to go.

Excuses

19. At Jesus’ death the ___________ in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Veil

20. Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the ___________________ of Jesus.

blood

21. Salvation is a _________________ thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

personal

13. Worship Song- ________________________

14. Esther’s Example

Step One: Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

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

Romans 6:23  NKJV    

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

Step Two: Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV  

   “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Romans 10:9  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.”

Acts 16:31  NKJV   

  “So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Step Three: Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV   

  “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  NKJV    

“Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

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.”

15. Challenge / Alter

When we accept Christ as our Savior we must prepare to be His bride. Just like Esther there is a preparation period. Our preparation period is from the moment that we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior to the moment that we stand before Him.

How are you preparing yourself to stand before your King? What are you putting on? A few things that we should put on, just to name a few,  are: love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, longsuffering, kindness, meekness, self-control, obedience, humility, brokenness.

Give the children an opportunity to pray.

 

16. Refreshments or a light meal.

 

17. Crafts

18. Dismissal

 

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Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

following esther's example    Following Esther’s Example – Becoming A Child Of God

 

I. Realize That You Are In Danger

Esther was made aware of the fact that the Jews lives were in danger. A plot had been made to kill them.

Esther 4:7-8  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told him all that had happened to him, and the sum of money that Haman had promised to pay into the king’s treasuries to destroy the Jews. He also gave him a copy of the written decree for their destruction, which was given at Shushan, that he might show it to Esther and explain it to her, and that he might command her to go in to the king to make supplication to him and plead before him for her people.”

     Every person born is in danger of separation from God because of sin. Every person has sinned. Every person has an enemy that would love to see them thrown in the Lake of Fire (away from God’s presence.) You must realize and admit that you have sinned.

1 John 1:8  NKJV    

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”

 

Romans 3:23  NKJV    

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

 

Romans 6:23  NKJV     “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II. Know Who Can Save You.

Esther knew who could save her and her people. She knew that the king held the power to save them.

Esther 4:16  NKJV    

“Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

    We must know who can save us. Jesus is the only way we can be saved. It is only through His blood that our sins are washed away.

John 14:6  NKJV   

  “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

 

Romans 10:9  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.”

 

Acts 16:31  NKJV    

“So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

III. Go To The Person That Can Save You.

Esther went directly to the king to tell him about the plot to destroy the Jewish people. She did not send a message to him by someone else. She went personally to the king.

Esther knew her life would be put in danger by going to the king personally. At first Esther was not willing to do what she knew that she had to do. She did not go to the king. Then Esther realize that if she did not go to the king that she would be separated from His presence forever by death.

Esther 4:13  NKJV    

“And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews.”

     Many times we are like Esther. When the Holy Spirit tries to draw us to the King (God) for salvation, we think of excuses not to go. We are afraid of loosing our own life. But the truth is, if we don’t go to the King (God) for salvation we will be separated from His presence forever.

At Jesus’ death the veil in the temple was torn into, from the top to the bottom, by God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV    

“Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

     Today you are to go directly to God (in prayer) to receive salvation through the blood of Jesus. There is no man, church, or religion that has the power, or authority, to save you. You can’t send word by someone else that you want salvation. Salvation is a personal thing. You must go directly to the King (God) yourself.

Hebrews 10:19-20  NKJV   

  “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh”

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.”

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