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THE GOOD NEWS IN COLOR

 

Psalm 62:2 NKJV
“Truly my soul silently waits for God;
From Him comes my salvation.
He only is my rock and my salvation;
He is my defense;
I shall not be greatly moved.”

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Jesus is our rock and through Him we have salvation. We are going to look at nine different colors and discuss what each color represents, and how it relates to God or His plan for us.
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Yellow – represents creation.
God made the world, and all that is in the world, and the entire universe out of nothing. He spoke His Word, and everything came into existence. This is referred to as creation.
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Genesis 1:1 NKJV
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

In the beginning the world was beautiful and perfect.

Genesis 1:31 NKJV
“Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good.”

God’s most special creation was man. He created man to share a special friendship (fellowship / intimacy) with Him. The first man and woman (Adam and Eve) shared a very special friendship with God.

Black – represents sin.
When sin entered the world, through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, it stood between them and God. Man could no longer enjoy the special friendship (intimacy) that he once had with God.

God still loved man, and desired for the intimacy He once had with man to be restored. God is a holy God and sin cannot come into His holy presence therefore sin separated man from God.

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

Red – represents the blood of Jesus.
God knew that sin had to be punished and that someone who had never sinned would be needed to take the punishment. 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.

We have been saved, delivered, healed and set free through the blood of Jesus. We have been saved from the punishment of sin by Jesus’ blood. Jesus was punished for our sins. He took our place.

Romans 5:8-9 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him”

The blood that Jesus shed was for man’s sin. His precious blood provides atonement for our sins. Through His blood we can be restored into right fellowship with God. Because of His sacrifice we can once again experience the intimacy with God that He desires to have with us.

Jesus made a way for man to have a relationship with God again. The Bible describes Jesus as 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!”

The blood that Jesus shed on he cross washes away our sin.

White – represents forgiveness.
The Bible tells us that everyone has sinned. However, when we confess our sins to God and ask Him to forgive us, He will.

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.”

When we ask for forgiveness we are made clean – our sins are forgiven and forgotten. We become a new creation. We are restored by Jesus to what God had originally created us to be. Everything about our lives change, because we are transformed into the likeness of Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”

Just like a caterpillar changes into a butterfly, we too are changed when we accept Jesus as our Savior.

Blue – represents water baptism.
Water baptism is an important part of a believer’s life. As a believer we should follow Jesus’ example in water baptism.

Matthew 3:13-17 NKJV
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

Those who accepted Jesus as Savior in the time of the New Testament were baptized in water to show that they were Jesus’ followers. Jesus established the command and the Church obeyed it. We, too, should obey it. When we are baptized we are obeying Jesus, and it is a milestone (memorial) in our life. It is a time that we can return to in our memories as a specific moment that we know we declared to others that Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.

We are baptized to show others that we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and want to follow Him and live for Him. Water baptism is also an illustration of our dying to sin and being raised to new life in Christ Jesus.

Before Jesus left to go to heaven, He left instructions about baptism.

Matthew 28:18-20 NKJV
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 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.”

Orange – represents baptism in the Holy Spirit.

John 16:5-11 NKJV
“But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.”

After Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, He stayed on earth for 40 days, appearing to many different people, then He ascended into heaven. During this time Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit, after He left.

Acts 2:1-4 NKJV
“When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will fill you with power to live for God, to be a witness for Jesus and to draw closer to God. Being baptized with the Holy Spirit will make you a better you! Being baptized with the Holy Spirit is a wonderful gift that Jesus promised to you. As a Christian you should greatly desire to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. Next to salvation it is the most precious gift that you can receive from God. Just like salvation, you must believe that it is promised to you and you must ask for it.

Green – represents growing in Christ.
Every believer needs to grow spiritually.

2 Peter 3:18 NKJV
“but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

Two things that will help you grow spiritually are reading the Bible (God’s letter to you) and praying (talking and listening to God.) We are not to study the Word of God just for the sake of acquiring more knowledge. We are to mature and be doers of the Word not just hearers. Growing (mature) in our faith is not an option. God does not want us to stay babies forever. Every aspect of our lives should experience growth.

God wants us to grow and bear fruit in His garden. The goodness or sweetness of our fruit will depend on how much time we spend with God – in prayer and in His Word.

John 15:1-6 NKJV
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.”

As we draw closer to Jesus our lives will have certain fruit. This doesn’t mean that we will start sprouting fruit, but that the more time we spend getting to know Jesus, the stronger our spirit will become and the easier our fruit will be seen and like by other people. The Bible tells us that there are nine fruits of the Spirit.

Galatians 5:22-23 NKJV
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

Purple – represents the blessed hope.

Titus 2:11-14 NKJV
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.”

The blessed hope is referred to as the rapture. It is when Jesus will return to take the true Christians home to heaven.

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NKJV
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming again. One day He will appear in the sky and a trumpet will sound and those who are true Christians will go to be with Him in heaven.

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.”

Jesus is in heaven right now preparing a home for us. He is also sitting at the right hand of the Father interceding, praying, for us.

Hebrews 10:12 NKJV
“But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God”

We should be ready at all times for Jesus to return because we do not know when He will come.

Matthew 24:44 NKJV
“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Pink – represents resurrection.
One day both the saved and the lost will be resurrected. The saved to everlasting life with God and the lost to everlasting damnation.

Revelation 20:11-15 NKJV
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

In the end everything in the world will be beautiful and perfect again. God promised He would make a new heaven, a new Jerusalem, and a new earth.

2 Peter 3:10-13 NKJV
“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 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.”

Revelation 21:1-2 NKJV
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

The new Jerusalem, will come down out of heaven and will shine with the glory of God. The city will be made of gold and will be decorated with precious jewels, and the streets will be made of pure gold, as transparent glass.

Revelation 21:18-21 NKJV
“The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

It will have a great wall with 12 gates made of pearls. The city will not need any light from the sun or moon because Jesus, the Lamb of God will be the light.

Revelation 21:22-23 NKJV
“But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”

Revelation 22:1-5 NKJV
“And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”

Down the middle of the city will flow the river of life, and on each side of it will grow trees of life. The throne of God will be in the city, and people will worship God forever. There is so much more about heaven that we don’t know, and it will be far better than we could ever imagine.

God’s ultimate plan for man:

Revelation 21:3-5 NKJV
“And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”

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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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Following Jesus

FOLLOWER OF CHRIST

Memory Verse: Luke 9:62

 

Life Application: Don’t look back in you walk with Jesus.

 

Bible Text

Luke 9:57-62

Genesis 19:14-17

Genesis 19:26

Hebrews 12:1-3

Luke 3:8-9

John 3:16-18

 

 

We must never look back in our walk with Christ. No matter what happens we must determine in our hearts that we will follow Jesus and bear fruits of repentance.

 

Following Jesus Is Not Always Comfortable.

Comfortable means relaxed, feeling comfort or ease, without problem, and with enough of something to stave off worry.

Luke 9:57-58 NKJV

“Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”

This person had not really thought about what it would cost him. He got caught up in the excitement of everything going on around him and said that he wanted to follow Jesus, however his heart was not really committed. When problems, hard times and trials came this person would not have been able to endure. Following Jesus will cost a person and it is not without problems. However, there is a great reward for those who commit to it.

 

Following Jesus Is Not Always Convenient.

Convenient means making life easier, useful or suitable, because it makes things easier and does not involve much effort or trouble.

Luke 9:59-60 NKJV

“Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God.”

Jesus gave this person an invitation to follow Him. This person knew that it would cost him to follow Jesus, but he allowed other concerns to come before God. It was not convenient for him to follow Jesus at that moment. He wanted to do something else first. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes effort.

 

Following Jesus Is Not For The Distracted.

Distracted means preoccupied, showing a lack of concentration, anxious, or unable to think clearly or act sensibly.

Luke 9:61-62 NKJV

“And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.” But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

This person said they would follow Jesus but they were distracted by people. If we want to follow Jesus we must focus on Him and what He has set before us. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the world or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

Lot’s wife was distracted by what she was leaving behind. When Lot’s wife looked back it implied that she was reluctant to leave what was behind.

Genesis 19:14-17 NKJV

“So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. When the morning dawned, the angels urged Lot to hurry, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.” And while he lingered, the men took hold of his hand, his wife’s hand, and the hands of his two daughters, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him out and set him outside the city. So it came to pass, when they had brought them outside, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you nor stay anywhere in the plain. Escape to the mountains, lest you be destroyed.”

 

Genesis 19:26 NKJV

“But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.”

As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move toward it. They do not focus on what is behind them. If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder their rows would be crooked and it would be difficult to work in the field.

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

 

Following Jesus Takes Commitment.

According to Luke 9:62, God is serious about our commitment to follow Him.

Luke 9:62 NKJV

“But Jesus said to him, ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to Him. We cannot follow and serve Him just when it’s easy or when we feel like it. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His direction. We must not focus on what is behind us. No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1-3 NKJV

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 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. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

 

Fruits Of Repentance Are Vital.

We must bear fruits of repentance if we desire to make heaven our home. Repentance is a daily, not a one time, experience. When we truly repent and are saved we will see sin the way that God does. We will have a change of heart and direction. Repentance is a turning from sin to God; changing my mind concerning sin, God, and myself.

Luke 3:8-9 NKJV

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”

If we do not bear good fruit (fruit of repentance) we will eventually be cast into eternal darkness (the lake of fire) and away from the presence of God. It is not God’s desire that any perish but that all come to repentance.

John 3:16-18 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. 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.”

 

 

 

Review

1. Some people get caught up in the excitement of everything going on around them and say that they want to follow Jesus, however their ___________ was not really committed.

2. Following Jesus will __________ a person and it is not without problems.

3.There is a great _____________ for those who commit to following Jesus.

 

4. Some people allow other ________________ to come before God.

5. Following Jesus is not always convenient and it takes ____________.

6. If we want to follow Jesus we must ____________ on Him and what He has set before us.

7. We cannot allow our focus to be on things of the ____________ or become preoccupied with the things of this world.

8. As a person is plowing they focus their eyes on a point at the end of the field and steadily move ____________ it.

9. A person plowing does not focus on what is ____________ them.

10. What happens If a person tries to plow while looking over their shoulder?

11. God is serious about our ____________________ to follow Him.

12. We must be loyal, devoted and dedicated to __________.

13. We cannot follow and serve God just when it’s ________ or when we feel like it.

14. As we follow Jesus we must focus our eyes on Him and steadily move in His ______________.

15. We must not focus on what is ____________ us.

16. No matter what happens or comes our way we must look to ____________.

 

 

 

 

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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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“Hosanna!”

 

This event has a resurrection theme.

The memory verse is : Matthew 21:9

The Bible truth is “Jesus came to save.”

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

Jesus was with God from the beginning, at creation. He helped create the entire world, including the earth, and everything on it. Jesus is “the Word.” In John 1:14 the Bible says that He was made flesh and dwelt among us. That means that Jesus, the second person of the trinity, came to live with us on earth.

John 1:1  NKJV   

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

     Jesus willingly left His home in heaven with God the Father to come to this world. Jesus knew that people needed a way of salvation.

John 3:17  NKJV  

  “For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.”

     After Jesus had ministered for 3 years, He had made several enemies among the Jewish leaders. They did not believe that He was the Son of God.

John 5:18  NKJV   

“Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.”

They wanted Him killed and plotted how they could do it without turning the people against them. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, agreed to point Jesus out to them.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

“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!”  

  Matthew 21:9  NKJV

5. Palm Sunday and Passover

John 12:12-13  NKJV   

“The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ The King of Israel!”

     On the Sunday, prior to Jesus’ crucifixion on Friday, He rode into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. Today we know this event as Palm Sunday. The priest had just passed by the people with the Passover lamb that was going to be sacrificed on Passover. The people when they saw Jesus, began to wave the palm branches and shout “Hosanna” means save us now!

Matthew 21:1-9  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. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. 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!”

Mark 11:1-10  NKJV  

   “Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples; and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it. And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.” So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it. But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?” And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the hightest!”

     Some in the  crowd spread their coats on the ground for the donkey with Jesus to walk over. This made the religious leaders very angry.

Luke 19:29-40  NKJV   

“And it came to pass, when He drew near to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mountain called Olivet, that He sent two of His disciples, saying, “Go into the village opposite you, where as you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here. And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’” So those who were sent went their way and found it just as He had said to them. But as they were loosing the colt, the owners of it said to them, “Why are you loosing the colt?” And they said, “The Lord has need of him.” Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him. And as He went, many spread their clothes on the road. Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen, saying: “‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees called to Him from the crowd, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.” But He answered and said to them, “I tell you that if these should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”

     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 the religious leaders.

John 13:21-30  NKJV  

  “When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.”
But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.”

6. Game – “Blessed Is He Who Comes In The Name Of The Lord!”

Need: 2 shirts or jackets, 2 palm branches and a poster board.

Write the following on the poster board:

“Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!”

Divide the class into two teams and line them up in two lines. Give the first person on each team a jacket and a palm branch. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front (to the sign), lay the jacket on the floor, wave the palm branch and say, ““Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” Then they will run back to the next person in line and they will repeat the same process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Gethsemane, Arrest and Trial

Matthew 26:36-39  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.”

     Late Thursday night, after Jesus and His remaining 11 disciples finished the Passover meal, they sang a hymn then went to the Garden of Gethsemane. 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. Jesus was also praying for us and for God’s will to be done.

John 18:4  NKJV  

  “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went out with His disciples over the Brook Kidron, where there was a garden, which He and His disciples entered. And Judas, who betrayed Him, also knew the place; for Jesus often met there with His disciples. Then Judas, having received a detachment of troops, and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, came there with lanterns, torches, and weapons. Jesus therefore, knowing all things that would come upon Him, went forward and said to them, “Whom are you seeking?”

     In the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning, while Jesus was in the Garden, Judas lead a group of soldiers to Jesus and the disciples. Judas knew that he would find Jesus there. Judas went up to Jesus and kissed Him – Judas had told the religious leaders that the one he kissed would be Jesus.

Matthew 26:47-49  NKJV   

“And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “Whomever I kiss, He is the One; seize Him.” Immediately he went up to Jesus and said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed Him.”

     The soldiers arrested Jesus and He was charged with blasphemy. Blasphemy is something done or said that shows disrespect for God or sacred things. First Jesus was taken to Annas, then He was led to the high priest Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin.

Mark 14:53  NKJV   

“And they led Jesus away to the high priest; and with him were assembled all the chief priests, the elders, and the scribes.”

     They wanted Jesus killed, but according to their “religious laws” they could not do it personally, so they sent Jesus to Pontius Pilate. Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin arranged for false witnesses to testify against Jesus, hoping that Pontius Pilate would have Jesus crucified. Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus then had Jesus sent to Herod. Herod and his men mocked Jesus then sent Him back to Pontius Pilate.

Mark 15:11-15  NKJV   

“But the chief priests stirred up the crowd, so that he should rather release Barabbas to them. Pilate answered and said to them again, “What then do you want me to do with Him whom you call the King of the Jews?” So they cried out again, “Crucify Him!” Then Pilate said to them, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, “Crucify Him!” So Pilate, wanting to gratify the crowd, released Barabbas to them; and he delivered Jesus, after he had scourged Him, to be crucified.”

     Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus again and found no fault in Him. He wanted to have Jesus whipped then released. The religious leaders and the crowd began to cry out, “Crucify Him!”. In the end, Pontius Pilate sentencing Jesus to death.

8. Game – Pick Your Cards Memory Verse Race

Need: index cards (or small pieces of paper), red marker, blue marker, and green marker.

Write the memory verse on the index cards – one word per card. Make three different sets (each one written with a different color).

Divide the group into three teams. Tell each team what color their team is. Then have the class form a circle. Mix all three sets of the cards up and scatter them on the floor in the center of the circle. At the signal all the children will  gather their teams cards and put the memory verse together. The first team that correctly has the memory verse in the correct order is the winner.

9. Crucifixion, Death and  Burial

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. Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross. And they brought Him to the place Golgotha, which is translated, Place of a Skull. Then they gave Him wine mingled with myrrh to drink, but He did not take it. And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.”

     God knew that sin had to be punished and that someone who had never sinned would needed to take the punishment. 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.

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.”

Mark 15: 25  NKJV  

  “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him.”

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. 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.

John 19:31-33  NKJV   

“Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs.”

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

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.”

10. Game – “Pop Your Balloons”

Need: Slips of paper, marker, 12 blue balloons, 12 pink balloons,

Print the memory verse on the slips of paper – Make two sets. Be sure to keep each set separate.

“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!” /   Matthew 21:9  NKJV

Blow up balloons and put a slip of paper into each balloon before tying. Put one set in the blue balloons and one set in the pink balloons. Divide the group into two teams and tell them what color balloons are theirs.

Scatter all the balloons on the floor. At the signal the first child on each team will run to the balloons. They will get the paper out of one balloon by popping it. Then they will take the paper back to their team. The next person on their team will repeat the process. The team that gets all their papers and arranges the memory verse in the correct order first is the winner.

11. Resurrection and Ascension

John 20:1-2  NKJV  

  “Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

     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. When they arrived they found that the stone had been rolled away and the tomb was empty. 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.”

Matthew 28:5-7  NKJV   

“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.’ ”

      Mary ran to tell the disciples that Jesus was no longer in the tomb and that He had risen from the dead.

John 20: 3-10  NKJV  

  “Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. Then the disciples went away again to their own homes.”

     Peter and John ran with Mary back to the tomb. After seeing the empty tomb the disciples went back to their homes. But Mary stay at the tomb. As she was looking into the tomb she saw two angels in it. They asked her why she was crying. As soon as she told them she heard a voice behind her. Thinking it was the gardener, she turned around. However, it wasn’t the gardener, it was Jesus. Jesus told Mary to go and tell the disciples that He was going to the Father.

John 20:11-18  NKJV  

  “But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him, “Rabboni!” (which is to say, Teacher). Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and  that He had spoken these things to her.”

     After Jesus went to heaven and offered His blood as a sacrifice for our sins He returned. Jesus stayed on earth after His resurrection for 40 days, appearing to many different people, then He ascended into heaven. During this time Jesus told His followers that He would send them a Helper, the Holy Spirit, after He left. Prior to His ascension, Jesus also told His followers to go into all the world and make disciples.

Matthew 28:19,20  NIV 

   “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.”

12. Game – “King Of The Jews“

Mark 15:25  NKJV  

  “Now it was the third hour, and they crucified Him. And the inscription of His accusation was written above: THE KING OF THE JEWS.”

Need: 2 paper crowns

Write “King Of The Jews” on the paper crowns.

Divide children into two teams and line them into two lines. Give the first person on each team a crown. At the signal they are to put on the crown and run to the front and say the memory verse. Then they are to run back to their team, and give the crown to the next person in line and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

13. Worship Song

14. Challenge and Altar

One of Jesus’ purposes when He returned to heaven at the ascension was to prepare a home for those who love Him.

John 14:1-3  NIV   

“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In My Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me.”

15. Refreshments or light meal

16. Crafts

17. Dismissal

 

CRAFT IDEAS

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The Miracle Of Salvation

“ ‘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’ ”      Isaiah 1:18 NKJV

     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. 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.

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