The Story of Easter - Jesus' Sacrifice

In the last session we heard about Jesus last meal with his friends. Jesus knew that there were people waiting to arrest him and that soon he would die. But he also knew this was all a part of God’s special plan to save us! Let’s watch the video to see what happened:

 

Story Videos:

Older Children:

Image & Video by Saddleback Kids

Younger Children:

The Read & Share Bible by Gwen Ellis © Tommy Nelson

 

 

Time to Think and Pray

Questions 

  • Who betrayed Jesus?

  • Why did the Jewish teachers and leaders want Jesus to die?

  • What strange things happened at the moment when Jesus died on the cross?

  • How many days after Jesus’ death did he come back to life again?

  • Why did Jesus die on the cross? What was God's plan? 

 

 

The Jewish teachers didn’t like what Jesus was doing so they decided to get rid of him. Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples, led them to him and Jesus was arrested, and  put on a cross. When Jesus died, the sky went dark, even though it was the middle of the day!. There was an earthquake and the curtain in the temple ripped in two on its own! This showed that Jesus really was the Son of God!

But this was not the end of the story. Three days later, Jesus came alive again! His friends were so happy to see him! Jesus is the only one who could die and come back to life again because he is God!

Although Jesus dying on the cross was a horrible thing to happen, this was all part of God’s special plan to save us. Jesus died so that we don’t have to be punished for the wrong things that we do. Now, if we say sorry to God, and truly mean it, he will forgive us. Because Jesus did this for us we can become God's friends and live with with him in heaven forever and ever. That’s amazing!

 

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you that death wasn’t the end of the story because you came back to life again! Thank you for your amazing love for us. Please help us to love and follow you so that we can become God's friends and live with you in heaven forever. Amen.

 

This Week's Song: 1 2 3 Jesus is Alive!

 

 

 

 

This Week's Crafts: Easter Gardens and Rainbow Cross

 

Easter Gardens

You will need: Soil, stones or pebbles, grass or any other plants from your garden, a paper or wooden cross, a small plant pot and a plastic, foil or ceramic bowl/tray.

Get a plastic, foil or ceramic bowl and fill halfway with some soil. Put the small plant pot on its side, pushing the bottom into the soil and cover the top with more soil. This will be Jesus’ tomb. Decorate the rest of the garden however you like with stones, pebbles, grass and plants. You can add a cross made out of card or wood/twigs to your garden if you want to.

If you’d like to make a paper garden instead, use different coloured tissue paper, card and a paper plate. See examples of both styles below.

Craft idea by https://hative.com

Craft idea by https://lettheirlightshine.com

 

Rainbow Cross

You will need: White card, colouring pens or pencils, scissors, glue or sellotape and a copy of the printable template.

Print the template from catholicicing. The rainbow design is free to download from the bottom of the page (the other designs are available to purchase). Colour your cross and cut it out. Cut across the dotted line under the cross arms. Bring the two bottom sides round the back to make a tube and use glue or sellotape to stick together. The cross can now stand on its own!

Image by https://www.catholicicing.com

 

 

 

 

      


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