Dear Parents, We hope the following summary of the Sunday School lesson will help you in discussing the lesson with your children and working through this booklet together. SCRIPTURE PASSAGE:
Becoming More Like Jesus
Matthew 26:36-56; Mark 14:32-52; Luke 22:39-53; John 18:1-12 BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Jesus came to be the savior of the world. When He took His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane to pray, Jesus prayed for God’s power to be obedient unto death. He asked His disciples to pray that they would not fall into temptation. Jesus did the Father’s will, allowing Himself to be bound and arrested. The disciples slept instead of praying, and they fell into temptation. LESSON FOCUS:
To understand that I will face temptation, and I am not able to stand on my own. To understand that I must pray for God’s power to avoid sin before temptation comes. WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT GOD:
Jesus prayed for His Father’s power to obey. LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT WE LEARNED:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.
Where did Jesus and His disciples go after eating the Passover meal? (They went to the Garden of Gethsemane.) Why did they go there? (They went to pray alone in a quiet place.) What did Jesus tell His disciples to do when they arrived? (He told them to pray that they would not fall into temptation.) What did the disciples do? (They fell asleep) How many times did Jesus tell them to pray that they would not fall into temptation? (Three times) How many times did they fall asleep? (Three times)
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Jesus calls me to pray for strength in temptation The Garden of Gethesemane— The disciples sleep This Week’s Memory Verse: Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in His mouth.” When they hurled their insults at Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats. Instead, He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by His wounds you have been healed. For you were like sheep going astray but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. 1 Peter 2:21-25 March 16, 2014
Read Luke 22:39-44 & Matt 26:36
Monday—Time For Prayer Where did Jesus and the disciples go after eating the Passover meal? As they left the meal, they
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V ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ (John 18:1) to the place called G ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ (Matthew 26:36) on the M ___ ___ ___ ___ of O ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ . (Luke 22:39) What did Jesus tell the disciples to do when they reached this place? “
L ___ ___ ___ ___ that you will not fall into temptation.”
Do you think the disciples understood what He wanted them to do? Yes No Maybe Did they do what He told them to do? Yes No Maybe Jesus wanted the disciples to pray because He knew they would be tempted very soon. He wanted them to pray for God’s power BEFORE the temptation to sin came. Do you have a special place where you go to pray? Yes No Not Yet I’ve never thought of it Take time today, maybe even 5 to 10 minutes, and go to pray alone. Ask God to help you resist the temptation to sin. Think about a special place where you can be alone with God and talk to Him.
Saturday—This Weeks Puzzle
Say Your verse!
Read Matt 26:45
Friday—Strengthened Through Prayer Look at the following verses to find out the two ways the disciples acted during Jesus’ arrest. Matthew 26:51-52
____________________________ Matthew 25:56
Why were the things the disciples did wrong?
They were relying on their feet rather than on Jesus They should never show others they are afraid They didn’t help their friend Jesus They didn’t obey Jesus They should always walk when adults are around They weren’t trusting Jesus to help them Throughout the night Jesus knew hard times were coming. He relied on prayer. Between verses 26 and 44 how many times did Jesus pray? (Circle the right number of praying hands)
When Jesus asked the disciples to pray before being tempted, He was teaching them how to avoid sin. What does Jesus want you to do before you are tempted to sin?
Tuesday—Pray for His Power Did Jesus stay and pray with the disciples? Yes No Not sure
Read Luke 22:40-46
How far away did He go?
_______________________________ How far could you throw a stone? 10 feet 20 feet 50 feet 100 feet
Do you think they could still see Jesus? Yes No Not sure Do you think they could still hear Him? Yes No Not sure Do you think they could understand His sorrow? Yes No Not sure
Write Jesus’ prayer below.
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Read Mark 14:32-41
Wednesday—Willing Spirits, Weak Bodies
Jesus knew He would be hung on the cross the next morning to take God’s judgment for all the sin of every person who would ever live. The judgment for sin is total separation from God. It is death. It was very difficult for Jesus to face being separated from His Father. Jesus needed God’s power to face death for our sin. What did Jesus ask the disciples to do?
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Did they do what He asked? Yes No Maybe they tried they prayed in their sleep Why did Jesus want them to watch and pray? (v.38) He wanted them to pray so they would
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Thursday—Too Late To Pray How many times did Jesus come back to His disciples and find them sleeping?
Read Mark 14:41-50
Jesus woke them up to let them know something was about to happen. How do you feel when you first wake up?
Wide awake Groggy Ready for action I try to go back to sleep I do weird things Imagine how do you think the disciples must have felt as the
C ___ ___ ___ ___ a ___ ___ ___ ___ with s ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ approached them? (Mark 14:43) Write down how you think they must have felt.
Jesus knew that the disciples wanted to do good. They had
What had Jesus asked the disciples to do while He went and prayed? Rest Watch Read Pray Talk Be sorrowful
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Was there any time left to pray now? Yes Maybe No, they had wasted their time sleeping
for a clue on this answer.) Tomorrow we will see if the disciples were weak or strong after the night of sleeping and resting without praying.
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What did Jesus say to Peter? Jesus’ disciples had not asked God for His power to stand strong ____________________________________ against temptation. They were frightened. They did not trust Jesus to____________________________________ take care of them. They turned and ran, leaving Jesus alone.