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Footprints In The Sand – Jesus’ Future Return To Rule Earth

11urn To Rule Earth- Week 11

 

Memory Verse: Revelation 20:15

Bible Truth: When we accept Jesus as our Savior our name is written in the Book of Life.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction –
When we accept Jesus as our Savior our name is written in the Book of Life.

3. Praise and Worship Songs –
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4. Memory Verse

Revelation 20:15 NKJV
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

5. Millennial Reign
Seven years after the rapture Jesus will come to the earth, put the devil in a bottomless pit, and rule over the earth for 1000 years. This is called the millennial Reign of Jesus. During this time life on earth will be good. At the end of the Millennial Reign of Jesus, the devil will be loosed. He will be defeated in a war with Jesus and thrown into the lake of fire forever.

Revelation 20:1-3 NKJV
“Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years were finished. But after these things he must be released for a little while.”

6. Game – Jig-Saw Relay Race

Revelation 20:15 NKJV
“And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

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.

7. Great White Throne Judgment
After the millennial reign God will judge sinners – those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior and Lord. This judgment is known as the Great White Throne Judgment of God. The sinners names will not be found in the Book of Life so God will have to punish them and send them away from His presence forever. They will be thrown into the lake of fire with the devil forever and ever.

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.”

The lake of fire is a very dark place which has a fire that never goes out. It is a place of great torment with crying and groaning. When we accept Jesus as our Savior our name is written in the Book of Life. This is the only way to go to heaven instead of hell / lake of fire. To accept Jesus we must pray admitting we have sinned, believe Jesus died and rose again for our sins, and confess our sins and ask Jesus to forgive us.

2 Peter 3:14 NKJV
“Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless”

Revelation 21:7-8 NKJV
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

After accepting Jesus as our Savior we must live our lives every day doing what Jesus would want us too. When Jesus returns we must be without spot, blemish, or blame.

8. 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, pencils

Put ten small items in a basket. 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).

9. Judgment Seat Of Christ
The Judgment Seat of Christ is not for unbelievers. Only believers will appear before the judgment seat of Christ. In Romans, Paul addressed the believers, reminding them that they would all stand before Christ – the weak believers and the strong believers.

Romans 14:10 NKJV
“For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.”

Jesus will judge the believers and determine their faithfulness to Him and reward each person appropriately. This judgment is not to determine their eternity, but to determine their rewards.

1 Corinthians 3:11-15 NKJV
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,
each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward.
If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

Wanting to be with Christ in eternity should cause us to desire to please Him. Not only because we want to be with Him, but because our works will be evaluated and rewarded accordingly.

2 Corinthians 5:6-10 NKJV
“So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

10. Game – Cup Stacking Relay
Need: 2 teams (everyone can play, however the teams need to be even), and cups to stack (stacking
cups) / 10 per team

Line the teams up in 2 rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the cups and stack them up.

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Then they will unstack them and run back to their team. The next person will do the same and so on. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. All Things New

Revelation 21:1-4 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. 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.”

After the final judgment, the great white throne judgment, God promised He would make a new heaven, a new Jerusalem, and a new earth.

2 Peter 3:5-13 NKJV
“For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 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.”

Jesus will give His millennial kingdom to God the Father, the supreme ruler. All true Christians will live with God forever in a beautiful new universe. This new heaven will be so beautiful and the most wonderful place to live. Revelation 21 gives us several descriptions of it. There will be no more tears, no sun or moon, no more mourning, no more pain, no night or darkness, walls of precious gems, gates of pearl, streets of gold, and a river of life. And the best part of all is that we will live there forever with God.

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. While here on earth we can draw close to God in true worship, and we’ll begin to experience a small portion of how wonderful it will be when we stand before God in His holy presence.

John 4:23-24 NKJV
“But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

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. While here on earth we can draw close to God in true worship, and we’ll begin to experience a small portion of how wonderful it will be when we stand before God in His holy presence.

12. Game – Book Of Life Relay
Need: 2 books with a cover on them that says “BOOK OF LIFE”.

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

13. Worship Song – __________________________________

14. Challenge and Altar
When we accept Jesus as our Savior our name is written in the Book of Life. This is the only way to go to heaven. To accept Jesus we must pray admitting we have sinned, believe Jesus died and rose again for our sins, and confess our sins and ask Jesus to forgive us. Then we must live our lives every day doing what Jesus would want us too. When Jesus returns we must be without spot or blame.

Luke 3:8 NKJV
“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance…”

Your lifestyle will tell (show) if you have a personal relationship with God and Jesus or not. If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus you are not saved and you will spend an eternity in hell. The choices YOU make while YOU are alive determine where You will spend eternity.

These are not fruits of repentance…
profane language (profanity) or behavior.
Cussing
Vulgar talk rude or obscene, particularly with regard to sex or bodily functions and behavior
language or behavior that shows disrespect for God
profane word or phrase that shows disrespect for God
Coarse joking or jesting

Ephesians 5:1-13 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. But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”

Where will you spend eternity? God has given each of us a choice- the choice is ours and ours alone to make.

Joshua 24: 14-15 NKJV
““Now therefore, fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord! And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Allow the children time to pray.

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

 

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Footprints In The Sannd – Jesus’ Future Return For His Bride (The Rapture)

10Jesus’ Future Return For His Bride (The Rapture) – Week 10

 

Memory verse: John 14:1-3

Bible truth: Jesus will return for true believers.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

Revelation 3:10-13 NKJV
“Because you have kept My command to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Before Jesus returns to rule the earth, the earth and the people on it will go through a great time of tribulation. However, if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior and we continue to follow Him, we will not have to go through it.

3.Praise and Worship Songs –
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4. Memory Verse

John 14:1-3 NIV
“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. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

5. A Catching Away

I 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. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus is coming again. One day Jesus will appear in the sky and a trumpet will sound. Jesus will only appear in the sky – His feet will not touch the ground. Those who are true Christians, known as the bride of Christ, 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 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. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

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 refer to this return of Jesus in the sky as the rapture or a catching away. It is also known as the blessed hope. It means Jesus is coming back to take true Christians to heaven with Him!

6. Game – Wedding Gift Memory Verse
Need: two small boxes, two chairs, and a sign.

Wrap up 2 empty shoeboxes or other small boxes for this game. The boxes should be equal in size and shape. Write the memory verse on each box. Make a sign that says, “Jesus Is Returning For His Bride”
Place sign with a chairs a short distance from the lines.

Divide the group into two teams and have them line up in two line. Give each team one wrapped box. The first person on each team is to balance the gift box on their head, hurry to the chair with the sign “JESUS IS RETURNING FOR HIS BRIDE” . At the sign they are to take the box off their head, say the memory verse then run back to their team. The next person will do the same. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Ready At All Times
If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior you are His legal bride. The Bible calls people who trust in Jesus for eternal life, the bride of Christ. One day Jesus will come and take His bride to His home. We refer to this as the rapture. 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.”

In the Jewish wedding, if a bridegroom arrived to get his bride and she was not ready or if he found her not pure the wedding was off. Many times it cost her life.

We must be ready when Jesus returns. If He finds impurities or sin in you when He return, you will not be part of the bride of Christ. Only those who have properly prepared themselves will be the bride of Christ. Sin keeps a person from being properly prepared! Failure to prepare to be the bride of Christ has serious consequences that last forever and ever.

Matthew 22:11-14 NIV
“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.
Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

John 3:16 NIV
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

As the bride of Christ we must…
forsake (leave, turn from) our sins.
undergo sanctification (to be set apart).
be cleansed by the washing of the Word.
conform to what the Word of God teaches.
have a desire to please our groom, Jesus.
have an intimate relationship with Jesus, not just know His name.
make ourselves ready for His return.

8. Game – Be Watchful Relay Race
Jesus can come at any time. No one knows when He will return so it is important for us to be watchful and make sure we are ready when He returns. We’re going to play a game naming places we might be when Jesus returns.

Need: a play watch for each team

Divide the group into teams.
Line the teams up in rows. At your signal, the first person in each row puts on a toy watch, then they must say “Jesus can come at any time. He might come when I am ___________________________________”. Then they are to take off the watch and hand it to the next person on their team and they are to repeat the process. The game continues until everyone on team has had a turn. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Jesus Will Return
In the Jewish marriage, the groom was responsible to provide a suitable home for the bride. Usually it was a room, wing or section added to the father’s home. He did this during the preparation step. While the bride was making herself ready to be a suitable bride for the groom, he was preparing a home for her. One of Jesus’ purposes when He returned to heaven at the ascension was to prepare a place, a home, for His bride.

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.”

Signs that the rapture will happen soon are found in various places in the Bible. Some of these signs are wars and rumors of war, earthquakes and famines, Christians will be hated, and the Gospel will be preached in every nation.

Mark 13:5-8 NKJV
“And Jesus, answering them, began to say: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am He,’ and will deceive many. But when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be troubled; for such things must happen, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be earthquakes in various places, and there will be famines and troubles. These are the beginnings of sorrows.

10. Game – Can Stacking
Need eight cans and paper plates.

Divide the group into teams. Line each team up in front of a table. On the table in front of each time place four cans and paper plates. At the signal the first player on each team will stack four layers of cans, with paper plates in between. Then they will take the cans and plates down. The next person on the team will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. Wedding Feast and Tribulation
When Jesus takes the true Christians, both those alive and dead, to heaven in the rapture it will be to a feast known as the wedding feast of the bride. This feast will last for seven years. During these seven years while the true Christians are at the feast, the people left on earth will being going through a very horrible and frightening time known as the great tribulation.

12. Game – Separate The Sweets
Need twelve bowls – six for each team, five types of mini candy bars ( ten of each kind)

Divide the group into teams. Line each team up in front of a table. On the table in front of each time place five empty bowls and one bowl of five types of mini candy bars ( five of each kind).

At the signal the first player on each team will separate the candy bars, placing five of each kind in the bowls. Then they will put all the candy bars back into the original bowl. The next person on the team will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

13. Worship Song – _______________________________

14. Challenge and Altar
Everyone will live somewhere forever and ever. The bride of Christ will live in heaven with joy and happiness and everyone else will live in the lake of fire in torment and pain.

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.”

Have you prepared for Jesus’ return? Are you watching and waiting for His return.?

Are You Preparing?
Are you devoted to God?
Are you set apart for God’s service?
Are you striving toward spiritual perfection?
Are you trying to do your very best for Jesus?
Are you pure in heart?
Are you genuine?
Are you perfectly clean?
Are you spotless?
Are you without evil?
Are you without sin?
Do you have the same qualities and characteristics as Jesus?
Have you set yourself apart for Jesus?
Have you shut out everything that would keep you from being what God desires you to be?
Are you active in your worship to Jesus?
Are you active in prayer?
Does God respect you?
Are there impure things in your life?
Is your behavior appropriate for that of a Christian?
Are you Christ-like?
Do you behave in a correct manner?
Are you being cleansed by the washing of the Word?
Are you renewing your mind?
Are you conforming to what the Word of God teaches?

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

 

CRAFT IDEAS

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Footprints In The Sand – Jesus’ Life After Resurrection and His Ascension To Heaven

 

9Jesus’ Life After Resurrection and His Ascension To Heaven – Week 9

 

Memory Verse: Acts 1:8

Bible Truth: Jesus did not leave us alone.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction
The Feast of Weeks is also known as the Feast of Pentecost. Pentecost is a Greek word for fifty. It was during the Feast of Weeks that the Holy Spirit was given to believers. Fifty days after the resurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit came to dwell in believers.

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

3. Praise and Worship Songs –
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4. Memory Verse

Acts 1:8 NKJV
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

5. Jesus Appears To Mary

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.”

Early Sunday morning Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus and found the stone rolled away. She ran and told the disciples and they returned with her to the empty tomb. After the disciples left the tomb she stayed behind looking into the tomb. Two angels appeared to Mary and asked her why she was crying. As soon as she told them she heard a voice behind her. Turning around, Mary saw a man who asked her the same question, “Why are you crying?”

John 20:3-15 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. 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.”

Mary thought this man was the gardener, however after He began to speak, she realized that He was Jesus. Mary was so excited that she wanted to reach out and touch Jesus. But Jesus told her not to touch Him because He had not ascended to heaven yet. Jesus asked Mary to go and tell the disciples and tell them that He was going to the Father in heaven.

John 20:17 NKJV
“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.’”

6. Game – People Shuffle

Acts 1:8 NKJV
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Divide the memory verse up into parts. Make 2 sets of card with the memory verse dived up on them, each set a different color.

EXAMPLE:
/ “But you / shall receive / power when / the Holy / Spirit has / come upon / you; and / you shall / be witnesses / to Me / in Jerusalem, / and in / all Judea / and Samaria, / and to / the end / of the earth.” / Acts 1:8 NKJV /

For the above example you will need two teams of eighteen children. Divide to memory verse up according to the group size.

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

7. Jesus Presents His Blood In Heaven
After speaking to Mary, Jesus went to the temple in heaven and presented His own blood as a sacrifice for all the sins of every person. Later that day, Jesus returned to earth and appeared to His disciples. Jesus showed them the scars on His hands and His feet.

John 20:19-25 NKJV
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples
were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”
Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came.
The other disciples therefore said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”

Thomas, one of Jesus’ disciples, had not been with the other disciples when Jesus appeared to them. When he arrived they told him about Jesus appearing and the scars on Him. Thomas did not really believe them. He made the comment the he would not believe it was Jesus unless he could actually touch the scars for himself.

John 20:26-28 NKJV
“And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”

Eight days later Jesus appeared to the disciples again. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus stood in front of Thomas and told him to touch His scars. Thomas immediately believed it truly was Jesus.

8. Game – Ping Pong Ball Tic-Tac-Toe
Need: Nine glasses (or jars), ping pong balls (two different colors)

Set glasses up in a grid of three glasses in three rows.
Divide group into two teams.

One player at a time, and alternating teams, they must bounce a ping-pong ball into a grid of glasses and try to get it in a glass. Only one bounce per person each turn. The team that gets three in a row first is the winner.

9. Ascension To Heaven – 40 Days After Resurrection

Acts 1:1-3 NKJV
“The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.”

For forty days after His resurrection Jesus stayed on the earth appearing to many different people and teaching them many different truths. Jesus gave the disciples the command to go into all the world and make disciples. We call this commandment “The Great Commission.” After Jesus gave the command, He told them that they would receive power to be His witnesses.

Acts 1:4-8 NKJV
“And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

As soon as He spoke that He began to float up into heaven. Those standing there watch Jesus go out of sight. Then two angels appeared to them and told them that Jesus would return to earth the same way He left.

Acts 1:9-11 NKJV
“Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

Prior to Jesus’ crucifixion He told His disciples that He would send the Holy Spirit, however they really did not understand Him.

John 14:26 NKJV
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.”

John 14:16 NKJV
“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever”

John 15:26 NKJV
“And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”

Jesus knew that the time was soon approaching when He would not physically be with His disciples any longer. He wanted them to know that He would send them another counselor to them. Jesus even told them that it was to their advantage that He go away.

John 16:7 NKJV
“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.”

Jesus told His disciples to go to Jerusalem to wait for the Holy Spirit, the gift that God had promised.

10. Game – Up In The Air
Need balloons (already blown up)

Mark out a start and a turn around line. Divide the group into two teams and have them form two lines. Give the first person on each team a balloon. At the signal the first person will run to the turn around mark and then back to their team, while keeping the balloon in the air by gently tapping it. They will pass the balloon to the next person in line and they will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. Jesus’ Promise Is Given
Thousands of Jews had journeyed to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of Weeks. It was during this time that Jesus’ followers obeyed His words and went to a room where they waited for the promised helper.

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.”

For ten days for the true followers of Jesus were in an upper room waiting and praying. On the tenth day, the sound of a mighty rushing wind filled the room where they were. The Holy Spirit filled the upper room where the early believers were waiting. Tongues of fire appeared over each of their heads, and they all began to speak in different languages. They began to worship God in the foreign languages that were spoken and understood by the Jews that had come to Jerusalem for the feast.

Acts 2:5-12 NKJV
“And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven.
And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

Jesus’ followers had been baptized with the Holy Spirit. The people in Jerusalem heard Jesus’ followers declaring the wonders of God in many different languages. The Holy Spirit came Jesus’ followers and empowered them to witness. They left the upper room full of power and proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ with boldness.

12. Game – Moving Tic Tacs
Need: four bowls, ten tic tacs, two pair of tweezers

Each team will need two bowls, five tic tacs and a pair of tweezers. Place five tic tacs in one bowl of each team.

Divide the group into two teams. Line the teams up – each in front of their set of bowls. At the signal the first person on each team will use tweezers to relocate the five Tic Tacs from one bowl to another. When they finish they will give the tweezers to the next player on their team. The team that finishes first is the winner.

13. Worship Song – _______________________________

14. Challenge and Altar
Each one of us are to share the message of Christ with those who do not know Christ as Savior. There are many people have never heard about God and how much He loves them. They don’t know that God gave His Son, Jesus for us. And they don’t know Jesus died on a cross for their sins. How will they ever know unless someone tells them?

Matthew 28:19 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. Amen.”

God does not want anyone to be lost so He has commanded us to tell them the good news. Each of us have the responsibility to go and make disciples. We should witness out of obedience and because of the need to spread the gospel. We should not worry about acceptance or rejection, because God draws the person to Him by the power of the Holy Spirit, not us. Remember, power to witness is available to everyone.

Acts 1:8 NKJV
“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Allow the children time to pray.

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

 

CRAFT IDEAS

 

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Footprints In The Sand – Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death, Burial And Resurrection

Jesus’ Crucifixion, Death, Burial And Resurrection – Week 8

 

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 –
____________________________________
____________________________________

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
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

 

CRAFT, NAMETAG, TREAT BAG AND PROP IDEAS

 

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Footprints In The Sand – Last Day of Jesus’ Life After Arrest

7Last Day of Jesus’ Life After Arrest – Week 7

Memory Verse: Matthew 26:16

Bible Truth: If we love Jesus we will not betray Him.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction
What does betray mean?

Betray means to help the enemy or to harm or be disloyal to a another person.

Today you will hear about how Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples betrayed Jesus.

3. Praise and Worship Songs –
1.) ______________________________________________
2.) ______________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Matthew 26:16 NKJV
“So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.”

5. The Plot Against Jesus
Jesus had ministered for 3 years and He had made several enemies among the Jewish leaders. They did not believe that He was the Son of God. They wanted Him killed, so they plotted how they could do it without turning the people against them. One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas, agreed to point Jesus out to them.

Matthew 26:36-47 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.
Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.” 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.”

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 26:48-50 NKJV
“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. But Jesus said to him, “Friend, why have you come?” Then they came and laid hands on Jesus and took Him.”

6. Game – “Backwards Memory Verse Relay Race”

Divide the group into two teams. Give each team a poster board to write on. At the signal each team will write out the
memory verse, one letter and one person at a time.
The verse is to be written backwards! Begin with the Scripture reference and write each word from the right to the left.
The first team to finish with the words in the proper order wins.

Matthew 26:16 NKJV
Him.
betray
to
opportunity
sought
he
time
that
from
“So

7. Jesus’ Arrest In The Garden

Matthew 26:51-54 NKJV
“And suddenly, one of those who were with Jesus stretched out his hand and drew his sword, struck the servant of the high priest, and cut off his ear. But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” In that hour Jesus said to the multitudes, “Have you come out, as against a robber, with swords and clubs to take Me? I sat daily with you, teaching in the temple, and you did not seize Me. But all this was done that the Scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples forsook Him and fled.”

8. Game – Coin Toss
Judas betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.

Matthew 26:14-15 NKJV
“Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver.”

Matthew 27:9 NKJV
“Then was fulfilled what was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, “And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the value of Him who was priced, whom they of the children of Israel priced,
and gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord directed me.”

Need:
60 pennies
2 cups
2 teams

Divide children into 2 teams. Give each team 30 pennies. They will take turn tossing their coins. The team that get the most coins in their cup is the winner.

9. Annas and Caiaphas
The soldiers arrested Jesus and He was charged with blasphemy. First Jesus was taken to Annas, then He was led to the high priest Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin. 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.

Matthew 26:57-65 NKJV
“And those who had laid hold of Jesus led Him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed Him at a distance to the high priest’s courtyard. And he went in and sat with the servants to see the end. Now the chief priest, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death,
but found none. Even though many false witnesses came forward, they found none. But at last two false witnesses came forward and said, “This fellow said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and to build it in three days.’” And the high priest arose and said to Him, “Do You answer nothing? What is it these men testify against You?” But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!” Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothes, saying, “He has spoken blasphemy! What further need do we have of witnesses? Look, now you have heard His blasphemy! What do you think?” They answered and said, “He is deserving of death.” Then they spat in His face and beat Him; and others struck Him with the palms of their hands, saying, “Prophesy to us, Christ! Who is the one who struck You?”

10. Game – Working Together
Need:
several inflated balloons, a sign that reads, “Jesus has called us to work together.”

Place the sign a short distance from both teams. Divide the children into two groups and have them line up in two lines. The children will team up into pairs in each group. The leader will place a balloon between the backs of the first pair on each team. At the signal they will walk or run to the sign and say “Jesus has called us to work together.” They will then return to their team and place the balloon between the backs of the next pair on their team. They will repeat what the first pair did. The team that finishes first is the winner.

11. Pontius Pilate and Herod
Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus then had Jesus sent to Herod. Herod and his men mocked Jesus then sent Him back to Pontius Pilate. Once again Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus again and found no fault in Him. He wanted to have Jesus whipped then released. However, the religious leaders and the crowd began to cry out, “Crucify Him!”. In the end, Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to death.

Matthew 27:1-2 NKJV
“ When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people plotted against Jesus to put Him to death.
And when they had bound Him, they led Him away and delivered Him to Pontius Pilate the governor.”

Luke 23:1- 16 NKJV
Then the whole multitude of them arose and led Him to Pilate. And they began to accuse Him, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Christ, a King.”
Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “It is as you say.”So Pilate said to the chief priests and the crowd, “I find no fault in this Man.” But they were the more fierce, saying, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, beginning from Galilee to this place.” When Pilate heard of Galilee, he asked if the Man were a Galilean. And as soon as he knew that He belonged to Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent Him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem at that time. Now when Herod saw Jesus, he was exceedingly glad; for he had desired for a long time to see Him, because he had heard many things about Him, and he hoped to see some miracle done by Him. Then he questioned Him with many words, but He answered him nothing. And the chief priests and scribes stood and vehemently accused Him. Then Herod, with his men of war, treated Him with contempt and mocked Him, arrayed Him in a gorgeous robe, and sent Him back to Pilate. That very day Pilate and Herod became friends with each other, for previously they had been at enmity with each other. Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod,
for I sent you back to him; and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him”

Matthew 27:11- NKJV
“Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing.
Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy. While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus.
The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!”
Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!”
Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!”
When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified.”

12. Game – Lesson Review
Divide the group into teams. Take turns asking the teams a review question. If they answer correctly they earn a point. The team with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

1. The Jewish leaders did not believe that Jesus was what?
the Son of God
2. Who agreed to point Jesus out to the Jewish leaders?
Judas

3. In the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning, where did Judas lead the group of soldiers?
To the Garden

4. What did Judas do when he saw Jesus in the garden?
He went up to Jesus and kissed Him

5. The soldiers arrested Jesus and charged Him with what?
Blasphemy

6. After His arrest, where was Jesus first taken to?
Annas

7. The Jewish leaders wanted Jesus _______________.
Killed

8.Caiaphas, and the Sanhedrin arranged for ____________ witnesses to testify against Jesus.
False

9. Pontius Pilate questioned Jesus then had Jesus sent to _______________.
Herod

10. Herod and his men mocked Jesus then sent Him back to _________________ ______________.
Pontius Pilate

11. Pontius Pilate wanted to have Jesus ________________ then released.
Whipped

12. The religious leaders and the crowd shouted “Crucify Him!”, so Pontius Pilate sentenced Jesus to __________.
Death

13. Worship Song – ____________________________

14. Challenge and Altar
Matthew 26:16 NKJV
“So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.”

How do people betray Jesus?

1. By helping the enemy (Satan)
Help – to assist or make things easier.

2. By harming Him or His name
Harm – damage or injury.

3. By being disloyal
Disloyal – not faithful, showing a lack of faith in or loyalty to. somebody or something.

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

 

CRAFTS, NAMETAGS, TREATBAGS AND PROPS IDEAS

 

HANDOUTS

 

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“Once Upon A Time A Snake Walked And Talked”

ONCE UPON A TIME A SNAKE WALKED AND TALKED

Theme: garden

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 3:8

 

Bible Truth: We cannot hide our sin from God.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 2:7-9

Genesis 2:15 -24

Genesis 3:1-7

Romans 5:12

Genesis 3:8-11

Genesis 3:12-23

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Once Upon A Time A Snake Walked And Talked

God had created a beautiful world in which for man to live. After that He made a lovely garden for the purpose of being man’s home. It had everything that man needed. It was filled with all types of plants, trees, and animals. God told Adam , “You may eat of every tree in the garden except one. You are not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. If you eat from that tree you will die.”

The garden paradise was a wonderful place to live. Adam and Eve enjoyed many walks in the garden. In the evening God Himself would even come down and walk and talk with them. One day while Adam and Eve were walking in the garden they were approached by a serpent.

“Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden?’” asked the serpent.

Eve answered, “ God said that we could eat from any of the trees in the garden except the one in the middle. If we eat it or touch it God said that we would die.”

“You won’t really die. If you eat of it you will be like God. That’s why He doesn’t want you to eat it,” said the serpent.

Adam and Eve were tempted by what the serpent had said so they went to the middle of the garden to look at the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When Eve looked at the tree and the fruit that was on it, she thought about how good the fruit looked and how good it must taste. The fruit was very desirable to Eve, so she took a piece of fruit from the tree and she took a bite out of it. Then she handed the fruit to Adam and he too took a bite.

As soon as Adam ate the fruit their eyes were opened – they now had knowledge of good and evil. It was at this moment that they realized they were naked. They were ashamed of their nakedness so they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.

That evening, like all other evenings, God came down for His walk with Adam and Eve. These walks were very special to God as well as to Adam and Eve. “Adam……Adam,” called God.

Adam and Eve hid themselves under the trees because they were so afraid. They knew that they had disobeyed God and they were both afraid and ashamed.

“Where are you Adam?” God called out.

“I heard Your voice calling me and I was afraid because I was naked, so I hid myself,” answered Adam.

“Naked? Who told you that you were naked?” asked God. “Have you eaten from the one tree that I told you not to?”

“The woman that You gave me as a helper gave me some to eat and I ate it,” said Adam.

“Eve, what is this that you have done?” asked God.

The serpent deceived me and I ate the fruit off the tree,” answered Eve.

God looked at the serpent and said to him, “Because you have done this you will crawl on your belly from now on.”

God then told Adam and Eve the punishment that they would receive for disobeying Him and thereby causing sin to enter into the world. After that God them clothes made tunics of animal skin.

Then God said, “The man now knows good and evil so we must make him leave the garden before he eats from the tree of life and lives forever.” So God drove Adam and Eve out of the garden an d placed a cherubim at the entrance to guard it.

This disobedience became known as the “fall of man.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs –

1. ______________________________________

2.______________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 3:8 “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.”

5. In The Garden

God made man from clay and placed him in a beautiful garden. The man’s name was Adam.

Genesis 2:7-9 NKJV “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”

The task of working in the garden and taking care of it was given to Adam by God.

Genesis 2:15 NKJV “Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

Adam was told that he could eat of every tree in the garden except one, the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was the first command that God gave and it was serious. The penalty for disobedience was death, separation from God.

Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;
but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

God knew that it was not good for man to be alone – he needed a companion and helpmate. In all of God’s creation, there was not a suitable companion for Adam, so God formed a woman using one of Adam’s ribs. The woman was named Eve.

Genesis 2:18-24 NKJV “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.”
Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name.
So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.”

6. Game – Remember God’s Commands – Elephant Trunk

The commands that God gives us are for our own good. They are given to help us not hurt us. We must remember what He has commanded us and act upon what we know.

Elephants have very good memories.

Need:

2 stockings

2 small bats or sticks

empty cans

 

Divide the group into two teams. Line up the teams. Give the first person on each team a stocking. The goal is to knock over cans using a baseball bat hanging from panty hose worn on the head.

At the signal the first person on each team will run to where their cans are stacked and knock them over. They will then run back to their team. The next person in line will repeat the process. You will need someone to restack the cans for each team. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Satan Appears To Adam and Eve

One day as they walked in the garden, a serpent questioned Eve concerning God’s command. The serpent was really Satan. He wanted to ruin God’s beautiful creation by getting Adam and Eve to disobey God. Satan hates God and he would do anything to get at God.

Genesis 3:1 NKJV “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

Eve explained they could eat from all trees except one.

Genesis 3:2-3 NKJV “And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;
but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”

Satan questioned God’s word, then he openly lied to Eve, contradicting what God had said. Then he used the tantalizing bait that they could be more like God by having their eyes opened, knowing things they currently didn’t know. Eve thought the tree was good for food and desirable to make one wise despite God himself telling Adam that eating from the tree would only lead to death. Satan assured her that she and Adam would not die but would be like God, knowing good and evil. Why would they accept the word of a talking serpent over the word of God? Did they doubt God’s word and God’s motives?

Genesis 3:4-5 NKJV “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.
For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

Eve disobeyed God and ate the fruit, then she gave some to Adam. They didn’t just ignorantly decide to eat the fruit, nor did they eat it because they were made to. Satan’s outright lies and cunning half-truths brought something to the surface of their minds. Did they desire to be like God? Did they resent serving God?

Genesis 3:6-7 NKJV “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.”

8. Game – Jesus Is My Covering Musical Chairs

After God had confronted Adam and Eve about their sin, He made a covering for them out of animal sin. God gives us a “covering” for our sin also. However, we have to accept this “covering”.

God tells us that if we will turn to Him and accept Jesus as our Savior, then turn away from sin, our sins will be forgiven. Some people get too busy in their lives to accept God’s offer. Even after some people accept Jesus as Savior, they get too busy to have a special friendship with Him. God wants to forgive our sins and He wants us to take time to know Him.

Say: We’re going to play a game of musical chairs. When the music stops find a chair to sit in. The person left standing will represent someone who accepted the covering provided for us by Jesus. The last person left is the winner.

 

9. Sin, Pride and Disobedience

The sin of pride that led to Satan’s fall had now infected the hearts and minds of Adam and Eve, and the result was the same: shame, loss of wisdom, ruin and death. This disobedience is how sin entered the world. It ruined God’s perfect creation.

Romans 5:12 NKJV “Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned”

Since then, every person who has been born has a sinful nature. This sinful nature does not want to please God and causes man to be separated from God. Once they ate the fruit (disobeyed God) their eyes were open and they realized they were naked. They were ashamed and tried to hide their nakedness by sewing fig leaves together for clothing. That evening God came to the garden to walk and talk with Adam and Eve as usual. When they heard God’s voice they hid because they were afraid. They did not want God to know that they had disobeyed.

Genesis 3:8-9 NKJV “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”

 

Genesis 3:10-11 NKJV “So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”

10. Game – Simon Says

Play “Simon Says” for about 5 minutes. When a person is out they must sit down.

As we played “Simon Says” there were people who got out right away. They heard my voice, but they weren’t paying attention or didn’t understand what I said when they heard so they didn’t obey. Some people are like these people with God’s Word. They hear the Word of God, but they don’t listen carefully and obey it.

The second group of players that got out, did what I said for a while, but not for the whole game. Some people are like these people with spiritual things. They obey God’s Word for a time, but then they turn away from God because of bad things that happen in their lives or because they give in to temptation that come. They stop trying to please or obey God.

The third group listened and obeyed my words the entire time. They persevered and worked hard to stay in the game. That’s like people who listen to and obey God’s Word their entire lives. They don’t stop obeying God when they’re tempted to do wrong or when bad things happen in their lives. They persevere, or follow through, on their decision to live for God.

Maybe you have accepted God into your life, but you feel like sleeping in on Sundays or doing and saying the things others at school do. Don’t give in to temptation! Make up your mind today to obey God – then obey Him! Heaven will be your reward.

 

11. Consequences

God questioned Adam and Eve about their disobedience. We see the sin of pride showing through in their replies. Neither one accepted personal responsibility. Eve blamed the serpent ( “The serpent deceived me”) and Adam blamed Eve ( “The woman you gave to be with me enticed me.).

These are not the responses of broken and contrite spirit or heart.

Genesis 3:12-14 NKJV “Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the Lord God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, You are cursed more than all cattle, And more than every beast of the field; On your belly you shall go, And you shall eat dust All the days of your life.”

In the midst of the disappointment, God promised that one day He would send One who would have victory over Satan and put away sin. He would send a Redeemer – the Messiah. The One whom He was speaking about was Jesus Christ. He said that Jesus would destroy Satan and restore them to a right relationship with Him. However, in the meantime man could only approach God with a blood sacrifice. This animal acted as a substitute for the penalty of sin until the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) would come and redeem man.

Genesis 3:15 NKJV “And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.”

Because of God’s great love and mercy for man, God made clothes from animal skins to cover Adam and Eve.

Genesis 3:21 NKJV “Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them.”

The serpent, Adam and Eve all were to suffer the consequences of God’s judgment because of their sin.

Genesis 3:16-19 NKJV “To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.”

Adam and Eve were sent out of the garden as well as other punishments. Angels with flaming swords were placed at the entrance to the garden to guard the tree of life. God did not want Adam and Eve to eat from the tree of life after they had disobey because He did not want them to be doomed to live forever in their sinful state.

Genesis 3:22-23 NKJV “Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—
therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.
So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”

12. Worship Song – ________________________________

13. Challenge and Altar Call

God expects obedience. When we don’t obey it effects us and everyone else. God gives us rules for our own good – not to hurt us but to help us. We can build a fence against temptations. There are several things we can do to build fences that hold back temptations. Listening in church, reading the Bible and obeying it, talking to God in prayer, and spending time with Christian friends are all ways to help strengthen us in resisting temptations. We should examine our hearts to see if there is any disobedience (or other sins) in it. What is on our insides will eventually come out. Just like God provided Adam and Eve with a physical covering because of their sin, He has provided us a spiritual covering because of our sin.

 

Allow the children time to pray.

Are there temptations in your life that are hard to resist?

Are you building “fences” against them?

Have you accepted responsibility for your sin and asked God to forgive you?

Have you accepted Jesus as your Redeemer?

 

14. Refreshments or a light meal

 

15. Crafts

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16. Dismissal

 

 

 

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“Once Upon A Time Clay Came To Life”

ONCE UPON A TIME CLAY CAME TO LIFE

Theme:  Adam and Eve, clay

Memory Verse:  Genesis 1:27

 

Bible Truth:  God created people in His image.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 1:27

Genesis 2:7-22

Jeremiah 29:11

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Clay Comes To Life

Once upon a time what was just ordinary clay or dirt became a living, breathing, and talking human being. God had just finished creating a beautiful world. He looked around and everything that He created was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them rule over all creation.”

So God took some clay from the ground and formed man. Then He breathed into the man’s nose and the man became a living being. God named the man Adam.

Everything that was made was made by the spoken word of God, except man. God breathed a breath of life into man instead. Only man was created in the image and likeness of God.

After looking at all His creation God realized that there was not a suitable mate for Adam. God said, “It is not good for man to live alone.” God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam. While Adam was asleep God took a rib from him, then He made a woman from the rib that He had taken from Adam.

God allowed Adam to name the woman. The name that Adam choose was Eve.

3. Praise and Worship Songs –

1. _________________________________________

2. _________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 1:27 “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

5. Game -Cup Stacking Relay

Need:

2 teams (everyone can play, however the teams need to be even)

Cups to stack (stacking cups) / 10 per team

Line the teams up in 2 rows. At the signal the first girl on each team will run to the cups and stack them up.

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Then they will unstack them and run back to their team. The next girl will do the same and so on. The team that finishes first is the winner.

6. God Creates Adam

After God made the earth, He scooped up dust from the ground and used it to form a man. God breathed life into the man and named Him Adam.

Genesis 2:7 NKJV “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.”

Then God made a garden where Adam could live. It was in a place called Eden. The garden had a river flowing through it and lots of beautiful flowers and trees.

Genesis 2:8-15 NKJV “The Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden, and from there it parted and became four riverheads. The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there. The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush.
The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates. Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.”

After God created Adam, He gave to him dominion over all His creation and the garden of Eden as a home to tend it and keep it. In the center of the garden, God planted two special trees. One was the tree of life. The other was the tree of knowledge of good and evil. The only gave one restriction: that God gave Adam was that he must never eat from this tree. If he did, Adam would know what it meant to participate in evil, and the result would be banishment and death. The death that God was referring to was separation from Him.

Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV “And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

7. Game – In God’s Image Relay

Need:

2 teams (everyone can play, however the teams need to be even)

2 mirrors

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him, male and female He created them.”

Genesis 1:27

Line the teams up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the front and pick up a mirror and say, “I AM CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE.” Then they will run back to their team. The next person will do the same and so on. The team that finishes first is the winner.

8. God Creates Eve

In the garden, God brought all the animals to Adam for him to name them. Adam was lonely because he was alone – there was not a companion for him.

Genesis 2:18-20 NKJV “And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him.”

God put Adam to sleep and made a woman from a rib from Adam. The woman was named Eve.

Genesis 2:21-22 NKJV “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.”

9.Tic-Tac-Toe Review Game

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. According to Genesis 1:27, we are created in the ________________ of God.

image

2. After God made the earth, He scooped up dust from the ground and used it to form a man. What did He name the man?

Adam

3. According to Genesis 2:7, God formed man of the dust of the ground, and _______________ into his nostrils.

breathed

4. What did God call the garden He made for Adam to live?

Eden

5. In the center of the garden, God planted two special trees. What were they?

One was the tree of life. The other was the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

6. What was the only restriction God gave Adam?

Never eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

7. If Adam ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil the result would be banishment and death. What type of death was God referring to?

spiritual death – separation from God

8. Who named the animals?

Adam

9. God put Adam to sleep and made a woman from a __________ from Adam.

rib

10. What was the woman named?

Eve

11. All people are beautiful to God and He desires a ____________________ with each one of them.

relationship

12. What does unique mean?

Being different from others in a way that makes you special and worthy of note.

13. According to Jeremiah 29:11 God’s thoughts toward us are of ___________ and not of evil. He desires to give each of us a future and a hope.

peace

14. It is up to each one of us to ___________ the path that God has laid out before us.

walk

15. Before you were even born, God knew you and had a ___________ for you.

plan

16. Through __________ we can truly be made new.

Jesus

10. Worship Song – ____________________________________

11. Challenge and Altar Call- God Made You Unique

God created all people. He made everyone according to his own special plan. And all people are beautiful to God and He desires a relationship with each one of them.

The dictionary describes unique as being different from others in a way that makes you special and worthy of note. You are one of a kind and special. God made you unique and He has a very special plan for your life.

Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

The plan that God has for you is not the same plan that He has for someone else. It is up to each one of us to walk the path that God has laid out before us. Not someone else’ path, but our path.

God’s plan for us is filled with hope. God’s plan for you is a good plan, not an evil plan. Before you were even born, God knew you and had a plan for you. God never makes mistakes and there are no accidents with God.

Each one of us was created to be like God in righteousness and holiness. Through Jesus we can truly be made new.

 

Give the children time to pray.

 God’s first plan for you is for you to be made new through His Son, Jesus. Have you accepted this plan for your life?

Have you allowed Jesus to create in you a clean heart?

Are you growing in your relationship with God?

12. Refreshments or light meal

 

 

13. Craft

 

14. Dismissal

 

 

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“Once Upon A Time In A Dark Land”

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Theme:  creation

Memory Verse:  Genesis 1:1

Bible Truth:  God made the world and all that is in the world.

 

Bible Text:

Genesis 1:1-2:3

John 1:1-3

 

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Once Upon A Time The Whole World Was Dark

Once upon a time a long time ago the whole world was dark and empty. There was no light to be found anywhere.

As the Spirit of God hovered over the waters He said, “Let there be light.” God is very powerful and what He speaks always happens. At the command of His voice, light filled the world. God called the light areas Day and the dark areas Night. This day became known as the first day of creation.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked out over all the glorious light beaming across the sky.

The next day as God gazed at the waters He said, “Let there be a firmament to divide the waters. All the sudden part of the waters gathered into a liquid state and part of the waters turned into moisture in the atmosphere. Many today refer to this beautiful firmament as the sky or heavens.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked at the blue sky.

The third day brought many lovely colors into the world. For on the third day God gathered the waters into one place and called them Seas. After that God made land appear above the surface of the seas.

“It is good,” thought God as He looked at the land on which He had placed many, many colorful trees and plants.

The next day God placed twinkling stars in the sky. As God thought about His new creation His mind was thinking about what to make that could rule the day and night. A large light was created to rule the day. We call this large light the sun. After that God created something that could rule the night by reflecting light. We know this reflecting light as the moon. The moon emits no light of its own. It only reflects light from the sun.

God said, “Let there be an abundance of living creatures in the sea, and let birds to fly in sky,“ on fifth day. And it was so. As God looked at His new creation it was good and He blessed it.

The next day, God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures.” At that instant all the animals in the world appeared in response to the voice of God.

God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit looked at all creation. “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness. Let them rule over all creation,” said God. So man was created in the very image and likeness of God.

For six days God had worked creating the heavens and the earth, and every thing in them. On the seventh day God ended His work and He rested. Then God blessed the seventh day because it was the day the He rested from all His work.

So once upon a time a long time ago what was dark and empty became bright and full of life.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1.________________________________

2.________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Genesis 1:1 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

5. God Made The World

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. God created the world in six days.

In the beginning there was God – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There was no earth, sky, sea, sun, moon , stars, animals, plants or people. Just God and darkness. All three (God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Ghost) were present at creation.

Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

 

John 1:1-3 NKJV “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.
All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.”

 

Genesis 1:26 NKJV “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

God spoke in the darkness: “Let there be light!” And right away there was light, scattering the darkness and showing the infinite space.

Genesis 1:1-2 NKJV “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.”

“That’s good!” said God. “From now on, when it’s dark it will be ‘night” and when it’s light, it will be ‘day’.” The evening came and the night passed and then the light returned. That was the first day.

Genesis 1:3-5 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.”

6. Game -“Kangaroo Hop” Relay Race

Need:

A sign with the Bible verse on it.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”

Genesis 1:1 NKJV

Line the two teams up in two rows. Tape the sign a short distance from the teams. At the signal the first person on each team is to hop to the front and say the Bible 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. Day 2, 3 and 4 Of Creation

On the second day, God created sky to separate the waters. God made the earth and over it He carefully hung a vast blue sky. God created a great water canopy in the heavens above the earth. This created a green house effect over all the earth. The canopy kept climatic conditions stable which would account for the lack of rain fall which unstable weather condition would cause. Later as recorded in Genesis 6, God opened the fountains of heaven (the canopy) and rain fell on the earth for the first time in the Great Flood. God stood back and admired His creation. “That’s good too!”

Genesis 1:6-8 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”

The “firmament” here refers to the atmospheric heaven where the clouds are as well as the celestial heaven where the stars are.

God gathered all the water together on the third day, so that dry land appeared for the first time. He put all the water in one place and all the dry land in another. When He had finished that, God made plants to cover the land. All sorts of plants, trees and grasses began to grow.

Genesis 1:9-13 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth, and the gathering together of the waters He called Seas. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the third day.”

Then, on the forth day God put lights in the heavens. God created the sun, moon, and the stars. He placed them in the firmament (heavens) to provide light for the earth, and to provide seasons for each year. He made a big light for the day and a smaller light for the night. He also made stars on this day. God made the sun to light the sky during the day and the moon and stars to add a bit of sparkle to the night.

Genesis 1:14-19 NKJV “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth”; and it was so. Then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.”

8. Game – Creation Balloon Pop Match-up

Need:

24 balloons

2 large trash bags

Small slips of paper with the following written on them (need 2 copies of each):

Day 1

day and night

Day 2

sky

Day 3

land, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4

sun, moon, and stars

Day 5

things in the water and in the air

Day 6

animals, man and woman

 

 

Put one slip of paper in each balloon and blow up. Be sure to keep the two sets of balloons separate. Place each set in a large trash bag.

Divide the group into two teams. Place the teams in different areas. Give each team a bag of balloons. At the signal they will open their bag and pour out their balloons onto the floor and begin to stomp on them. The object is to get the slips of papers out of the balloons and correctly match them up. The first team to do so is the winner.

Correct match-up is:

Day 1 – day and night

Day 2 – sky

Day 3 – land, mountains, beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4 – sun, moon, and stars

Day 5 – things in the water and in the air

Day 6 – animals, man and woman

9. Day 5,6 and 7

On the fifth day God turned his attention to the water he had collected in the oceans. God created the fish and all other living creatures in the oceans and the lakes. He also created the birds to fly above the earth.

Genesis 1:20-23 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” So the evening and the morning were the fifth day.”

So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.”

On the sixth day God made all the animals that live on the land. It was on this day that God created man, and He created man in His own image. He also created the animals on the sixth day, and He placed man in charge of all the animals. He told man to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. God looked around and was happy with all He had made. After six days, the whole universe was completed

Genesis 1:24-31 NKJV “Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth the living creature according to its kind: cattle and creeping thing and beast of the earth, each according to its kind”; and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so.
Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”

 

On the seventh day, God ceased from His labor and established the Sabbath. He rested and enjoyed looking at all He had made.

Genesis 2:1-3 NKJV “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.”

10. GameIn The Beginning Picture Race

Need :

tape

two baskets

2 poster boards divided into 6 parts (do not cut poster board – draw lines on it to make the six sections). Number each section of the board (1-6)

Two small copies of the following (they will be placed in the six sections):

day and night

sky

mountains, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans

trees, grass, flowers, plants

sun and moon

fish, birds, butterflies

animals, man and woman

Need 2 teams of six people or less. Line the teams up in two rows. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their poster and basket. They will pick out what was created on that day and tape it to the poster. Then run back to their team. The next person will do the same.

The team that correctly places all the small pictures on the right section will be the winner.

 

Day 1 – day and night

Day 2 – sky

Day 3 – land, mountains, sandy beaches, rivers, lakes, oceans, trees, grass, flowers, plants

Day 4 – sun, moon, and stars

Day 5 – things in the water and in the air

Day 6 – animals, man and woman

10. Worship Song – _______________________________________

11. Life Application and Challenge

In the beginning God fashioned everything anew. He changed disorder into order and emptiness into fullness. The heavens and the earth were recreated. What was void, empty, and dark (evil) became full and full of light.

Just by His words, God gave the world physical light. God declared that the light He had created was good, then He named the light and dark. By naming them, God showed He was Lord over them and that He had power over them.

The ultimate goal and purpose of creation was for the divine light of God to shine throughout the world, transforming everything. Even darkness itself was transformed by the light that God created.

God has always divided the light from the dark.

Just as the natural light was separated from the dark, one day the spiritual light (those who have a right relationship with God) will be separated from the spiritual dark (those who do not have a right relationship with God).

 

Give the children time to pray.

1. Are you in a right relationship with God?

2. Where will you be when God divides the light from the dark?

3. Are you allowing God’s light to shine through you?

12. Refreshments or light meal

13. Crafts

 

14. Dismissal

 

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

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

This event has a beach theme.

Memory Verse: Matthew 21:10  

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

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Palm Sunday – Triumphal Entry

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

Matthew 21:1-7  NKJV    

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

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

Matthew 21:8  NKJV    

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

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

Matthew 21:9  NKJV    

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

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

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. ______________________________

2. ______________________________

4. Memory Verse

Matthew 21:10  NKJV    

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

5. Cleansing The Temple – Teaching In The Temple

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

Matthew 21:12-13  NKJV   

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

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

Matthew 21:14-16  NKJV    

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

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

Matthew 26:14-16  NKJV    

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

6. The Parable Of The Wicked Vinedressers

Matthew 21: 32-46  NKJV   

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

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

Ephesians 2:19-22  NKJV    

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

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

7. Game – Palm Branch Relay

Need:  2 palm branches

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

8. Jesus Tells Of His Future Return

Matthew 24: 36-51  NKJV    

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

Jesus was trying to tell the people…

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

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

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

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

 

9. The Parable Of The Wise And Foolish Virgins

Matthew 25:1-13  NKJV    

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

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

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

10. Game – Pass The Candle

Need:  2 candles or plastic lanterns

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

11. The Parable Of The Talents

Matthew 25:14-30  NKJV    

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

This parable shows…

1.  Faithfulness is important to God.

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

3. God disapproves of laziness.

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

 

12. Dividing The Sheep And The Goats

Matthew 25:31-46   

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

From these words of Jesus we can see that…

I. Everyone will stand before Jesus.

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

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

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

 

13. Game –  Dividing The Sheep From The Goats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew 26:26-28  NKJV   

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

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

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

Matthew 26:30 NKJV   

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

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

Matthew 26:36-38  NKJV    

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

     Jesus prayed for God’s will to be done.

Matthew 26:39 NKJV   

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

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

     Luke 22:42-44  NKJV   

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

15. Game – Are You Ready?  Musical Chairs

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

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

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

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

16. Worship Song – ______________________________

17. Challenge / Altar – Who Is Jesus To You

 Matthew 21:10  NKJV  

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

Who is Jesus to you?

Does your life show it?

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

18. Refreshments or a light meal

19. Crafts

17. Dismissal

 

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

 

 

HANDOUTS

 

 

 

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Footprints In The Sand – Miracles Of Jesus

            Miracles Of Jesus – Week 5

This event has a beach theme.

 

Memory Verse: Matthew 8:27

Bible Truth: Jesus has power over nature, sickness, and death.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – Miracles

A miracle is a supernatural act of God that cannot possibly be explained or done by a human. Jesus performed several kinds of miracles while He was here on earth, including miracles of healing, miracles over nature, and miracles of raising the dead. Jesus had compassion on those who were sick, crippled, blind, poor and rejected. Jesus has power over nature, sickness, and death.

Jesus used the miracles that He performed to teach spiritual lessons and to reaffirm something that He said. Every thing Jesus done was to bring glory to God. Jesus also used miracles to  teach us how much God loves us and wants the best for our lives. While Jesus was on earth He showed His power over death, sickness, and nature.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. _______________________________________________

2. _______________________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Matthew 8:27  NKJV    

“So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

5. Jesus Has Power Over Death

Jesus showed power over death when He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead. One day when Jesus arrived in Capernaum He was greeted by a multitude of people who were waiting for Him. As Jesus was speaking to the people a man named Jairus approached Jesus. His twelve year old daughter was very sick and about to die. Jairus asked Jesus to come with him and lay His hands on his daughter and she would be made well.

Mark 5:21-24  NKJV    

“Now when Jesus had crossed over again by boat to the other side, a great multitude gathered to Him; and He was by the sea. And behold, one of the rulers of the synagogue came, Jairus by name. And when he saw Him, he fell at His feet and begged Him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter lies at the point of death. Come and lay Your hands on her, that she may be healed, and she will live.”  So Jesus went with him, and a great multitude followed Him and thronged Him.”

      As Jesus was on His way to Jairus’ house they were approached by some people from Jairus’ house and told them that the girl had died and not to trouble Jesus any longer. When Jesus heard what the people had to say, He told Jairus not to be afraid and to believe.

Mark 5:35-36  NKJV     “While He was still speaking, some came from the ruler of the synagogue’s house who said, “Your daughter is dead. Why trouble the Teacher any further?” As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, He said to the ruler of the synagogue, “Do not be afraid; only believe.”

      After this Jesus allowed only three of His disciples (Peter, James and John) to continue with Him to Jairus’ house. When they arrived at Jairus house there was a lot of commotion. The people were crying (very loudly) over the girl’s death. Jesus asked the people why were they causing such a commotion, and that the girl was only asleep.

The people laughed at Jesus because of what He said and they made fun of Him. Jesus then made all of the mourners get out of the house and He went into the room where the girl was laying. Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents went into the room with Jesus.

Mark 5:37-40  NKJV    

“And He permitted no one to follow Him except Peter, James, and John the brother of James.
Then He came to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and saw a tumult and those who wept and wailed loudly. When He came in, He said to them, “Why make this commotion and weep? The child is not dead, but sleeping.” And they ridiculed Him. But when He had put them all outside, He took the father and the mother of the child, and those who were with Him, and entered where the child was lying.”

      Jesus took the girl by her hand and told her to get up. Immediately upon hearing the words of Jesus, the girl arose and began to walk around the room. Her parents were amazed.

Mark 5:41-43  NKJV    

“Then He took the child by the hand, and said to her, “Talitha, cumi,” which is translated, “Little girl, I say to you, arise.” Immediately the girl arose and walked, for she was twelve years of age. And they were overcome with great amazement. But He commanded them strictly that no one should know it, and said that something should be given her to eat.”

      Jesus instructed the parents to give the girl some food and for them not to tell anyone what had happened.

6. Game – Memory Verse Cover Up

Matthew 8:27  NKJV    

“So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” 

Need: 2 poster boards and construction paper.

Write the memory verse on poster boards (leave a little space between each word). Make squares out of  construction paper  (enough to cover up every word).

Divide the group into 2 teams. Give each team enough construction paper squares to cover up entire verse. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the poster, say the verse and cover up 1 word. They will run back to their team and the next person will do the same. The team that covers up the memory verse first is the winner.

7. Jesus Has Power Of Evil Spirits

Jesus showed His power over evil spirits by healing and delivering a boy. After Jesus had been on up on a high mountain with Peter, James, and John, He came back down to where the others disciples were. There was a great multitude of people there with them. One of the people in the crowed, a father, came to Jesus and told Him that he had brought his son to the disciples to be healed, but they could not heal him. The son had several problems. He had an evil spirit living in him causing him to be unable to speak. The evil spirit also caused the boy to have seizures. During these seizures the evil spirit would try to kill the boy.

Mark 9:17-18  NKJV    

“Then one of the crowd answered and said, “Teacher, I brought You my son, who has a mute spirit.  And wherever it seizes him, it throws him down; he foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth, and becomes rigid. So I spoke to Your disciples, that they should cast it out, but they could not.”

       Jesus questioned the father about how long the boy had been that way. After listening to the father Jesus told him that all things are possible to those that believe. The father said that he did believe, and he asked Jesus to help him with any unbelief.

Mark 9:21-24  NKJV   

  “So He asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

       Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to leave the boy’s body. The spirit cried out, then it came out of the boy. When this happened the people that were standing around watching thought the boy was dead. Jesus took the boy’s hand and helped him up. The boy was alive and well!

Mark 9:25-27  NKJV   

  “When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Then the spirit cried out, convulsed him greatly, and came out of him. And he became as one dead, so that many said, “He is dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.”

8. Game – True Or False Tic-Tac-Toe

Need: poster board , 16 index cards  and 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.

TRUE/FALSE STATEMENTS

1. Jesus showed power over death when He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead.  (TRUE)

2. Jairus asked Jesus to come with him and lay His hands on his son and she would be made well. (FALSE IT WAS HIS DAUGHTER)

3. Jesus allowed only three of His disciples to continue with Him to Jairus’ house. (TRUE)

4. When they arrived at Jairus house the people were crying over the girl’s death. (TRUE)

5. The people laughed at Jesus because of the way He was dressed. (False- THEY LAUGHED AT WHAT HE SAID)

6. Jesus invited the mourners to stay for lunch. (FALSE- HE TOLD THEM TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE.)

7. Peter, James, John, and the girl’s parents went into the room with Jesus. (TRUE)

8. Jesus showed His power over evil spirits by healing and delivering a boy. (TRUE)

9. A father told Jesus that he had brought his son to the disciples to be healed, but they could not heal him. (TRUE)

10. Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit and commanded it to leave the boy’s body. (TRUE)

11. A nobleman went to Jesus on behalf of his son, who was very sick. (TRUE)

12. Jesus showed His power to create when He fed 100,000 people. (FALSE HE FED 4,000 AND 5000 PEOPLE.)

13. One evening, after ministering to a large crowd, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted to go to the other side of the ocean. (FALSE – THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LAKE.)

14. While asleep, a big storm came up but he disciples weren’t  afraid so they let Jesus sleep through it. (FALSE – THEY WERE AFRAID SO THEY WOKE JESUS UP.)

15. Jesus said ,Peace, be still,” everything was calm,  the storm was over. (TRUE)

9. Jesus Has Power Of Sickness

Jesus showed power over sickness when He healed a nobleman’s son. Jesus returned to the city where He changed the water into wine. While He was there a royal officer in the king’s army heard that Jesus was there. The officer (a nobleman) went to Jesus on behalf of his son, who was very sick. The boy was so sick he was about to die. He asked Jesus to come with him.

John 4:46-47  NKJV    

“So Jesus came again to Cana of Galilee where He had made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and implored Him to come down and heal his son, for he was at the point of death.”

      Jesus told the father to go his way and that his son was alive. The officer believed Jesus and he went on his way. On his way home, the officer was met by his servants. They told him that his son was alive and well.

John 4:50-53  NKJV    

“Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your son lives.” So the man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him and told him, saying, “Your son lives!” Then he inquired of them the hour when he got better. And they said to him, “Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.” So the father knew that it was at the same hour in which Jesus said to him, “Your son lives.” And he himself believed, and his whole household.”

       Because of this miracle the boy was healed and the family received salvation – they believed in Jesus as God’s Son.

10. Game  – 3-Legged Relay

Need: Pieces of yarn or string, a sign that reads “I‘m going to walk with God.”

Divide the group into two teams of equal number. Pair the children up within their team and tie two of their legs together.

At the signal the first pair from each team will run to the sign and say “I‘m going to walk with God.” then run back to their team. The next pair on their team will repeat the process. The first team to finish is the winner.

11. Jesus Has Creative Power

Jesus showed His power to create when He fed the 4000 and the 5000 people. The New Testament tells of two different times when Jesus fed the people who came to hear Him preach. Shortly after the death of John the Baptist Jesus took a boat across the Sea of Galilee to a quiet lonely place. However, thousands of people followed Him there to hear Him. It grew late, and the disciples worried about feeding the crowd. They checked to see if anyone had food to share. All they found were five loaves of bread and two fish.

John 6:1-10  NKJV    

“After these things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased. And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples. Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near. Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?” But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do. Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.” One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,  “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?” Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.”

     Jesus thanked God for the food and divided it between the disciples. They broke off chunks for each person. Everyone got enough to eat, and when they had finished, the disciples even collected twelve baskets of leftovers! Five loaves of bread and two fish had miraculously fed 5,000 people!

John 6:11-13  NKJV   

  “And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted. So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.” Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.”

     Another time, Jesus had been teaching on a hillside for three days. The baskets of food that people had brought were almost gone. Jesus did not want His followers to go hungry, so He asked the disciples to collect whatever food was left.

Matthew 15:32-34  NKJV    

“Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.” Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”

     They found only seven loaves of bread and a few small fish. Just as before, Jesus gave thanks to God and divided up the food.

Matthew 15:35-38  NKJV    

“So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.”

     That day, He fed 4,000 people, with seven baskets remaining after everyone had eaten.

12. Game – Burst Your Balloons

Need: slips of paper, marker, balloons, 2 garbage bags.

Print the words of the memory verse on separate slips of paper (make 2 sets). Blow up balloons, inserting one rolled slip of paper into each balloon before tying. Put balloons in 2 garbage bags- keeping each set separate.

Divide the group in two teams and line them up in a row. Place each team’s bag of balloons a short distance from them. At the signal the first person on each team will run to the bag, take out a balloon and pop it to remove the slip of paper. Then they will take the paper back to their team. The next person in line will repeat the process. The first team to remove all their slips of paper and  arrange them in order is the winner.

13. Jesus Has Power Over Nature

Jesus showed His power over nature when He calmed a storm. One evening, after ministering to a large crowd, Jesus told His disciples that He wanted to go to the other side of the lake. After they began to cross the lake Jesus laid down on the bottom of the boat and went to sleep. While asleep, a big storm came up and the boats were tossed to and fro. Large waves began to come into the boat that Jesus and His disciples were in.

Matthew 8:23-25  NKJV    

“Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

      The disciples were afraid and they woke Jesus up. When they told Jesus that they were about to die He asked they why they were afraid.

Matthew 8:26-27  NKJV  

   “But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

      Jesus arose and rebuked the wind. As soon as Jesus said ,Peace, be still,” everything was calm,  the storm was over. The disciples were amazed at the power of Jesus.

14. Worship Song – ___________________________

15. Challenge / Altar

We can have peace knowing that Jesus has power over sickness, death, and nature.

Matthew 8:27  NKJV   

  “So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

16. Refreshments or a light meal 

17. Craft 

18. Dismissal

 

CRAFTS, NAMETAGS, TREAT BAGS AND PROPS

 

 

HANDOUTS

 

 

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