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 27:31-56; Mark 15:20-41; Luke 23:26-49; John 19:17-37 BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Jesus came to be the Savior of the world. He was nailed to the cross by Roman soldiers. Jesus prayed for the soldiers, “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” Though He hung naked on the cross, Jesus was covered by the sin of the world. He was forsaken and left alone by God, His Father, as He bore our sins on the cross. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for sin. At the moment Jesus died, God tore the curtain in the temple. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice for sin, we can now come into God’s presence. LESSON FOCUS:
To understand that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice for my sin. Because His death took my sin away, I can now come into God’s presence. To understand that I can come into God’s presence with confidence that He will hear and answer my prayers. WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT GOD:
Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for sin. Jesus has taken my sin away.
Jesus gives me the privilege of coming into god’s presence
LET’S TALK ABOUT WHAT WE LEARNED:
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Who was crucified with Jesus? (Two robbers.) What did one of them ask Jesus? (He asked Jesus to remember Him when He went into His kingdom.) What did Jesus promise him? (He told Him that day he would be with Jesus in paradise. The man would receive eternal life because He believed Jesus was the Promised One.) As Jesus hung on the cross, what happened at noon? (Darkness covered the land for three hours.) What happened at the temple the moment Jesus died? (The curtain that closed the Most Holy Place tore from top to bottom.)
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The crucifixion of Jesus— The curtain is torn This Week’s Memory Verse: Christ suffered for you, leaving 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 April 6, 2014
Read John 19:17-23 & Luke 23:34
Monday—Crucified Tied up and pushed around for the whole night without any sleep, Jesus must have been exhausted. But, the pain of the thorns in His crown and the stinging from the lashes on His back, kept Him from thinking of His tiredness. By now His body was so weak that He could
Saturday—This Weeks Puzzle
Say Your verse!
c ___ ___ ___ ___
H ___ ___ c ___ ___ ___ ___ the whole way. Who did the soldiers make carry the cross for Jesus?
S ___ ___ ___ ___ From C ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ (Matt 27:32) If they had asked you to carry Jesus’ cross, what would you have said to the soldiers?
Sure I want to help If I have to Leave me alone No way You’re mean
What was the name of the hill that they took Jesus to?
___ ___ ___ ___ ___ John 19:18 says they crucified Jesus. What does crucified mean?
____________________________________ ____________________________________ Luke 23:34 tells us of Jesus’ response. What did Jesus do? He scolded them He spit on them He forgave them He gave them His clothes
Across 3. Where Jesus and the criminals would be that day 7. The one who said that Jesus was the Son of God 9. What time of day did darkness fall over the land 10. What the repentant criminal said that we should think of God 11. The Most Holy Place is like being in God’s _____________. Down 1. The Aramaic name for the hill of the skull 2. The only one who could tear the curtain 4. The one who helped carry Jesus’ cross 5. Jesus’ attitude toward those who crucified Him 6. Things that the crowd said as Jesus was on the cross 7. One of the ones who realized how special Jesus was 8. How long the darkness lasted (The first box is a number.)
Read Hebrews 10:19-22 Matt 27:54
Tuesday—Insults and Mocking
Friday—Into God’s Presence What does Matthew tell us happened when Jesus dies?
Many people passed by the place where Jesus and the robbers were nailed to the crosses.
Read Matthew 27:27:44
The sky started to get dark The curtain in the temple was torn in two The earth shook and the rocks split open Everyone laughed
The soldiers were terrified. What did the centurion say to those around him?
“S ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ He was the S___ ___ of G ___ ___ !”(Matthew 27:54) Hebrews 10 tells us that we can now e ___ ___ ___ ___ the M ___ ___ ___ H ___ ___ ___ ___ P ___ ___ ___ ___ because of Jesus’ b ___ ___ ___ ___. When Jesus paid the price for our sins as the perfect sacrifice, it became possible for us to be in God’s presence. Jesus wants you to come everyday to enjoy God’s presence with Him. What are some ways that you can come into God’s presence and spend time with Him today?
Singing Praying _____________________________ Reading His Word _____________________________ Serving Others Our sin has been paid for, The curtain is gone, And we can enjoy God’s presence now!
If you had been on the road that day, what would you have done? Looked the other way Yelled something funny Told Him I loved Him Told the soldiers to let Him down Many people thought they would sound cool if they made fun of Jesus. Can you write down two of the insults they said?
___________________________________ ___________________________ (v. 40) 2. ___________________________________ ___________________________ (v. 42) 1.
It is often easier to follow the crowd, even to do something mean, than it is to do the right thing. Can you think of a time when you had to stand up to the crowd and do the right thing or say the right thing? once or twice sometimes lots of times No way Would you write about one or two of those times below?
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Read Luke 23:39-43
Thursday—The Curtain Is Torn
Wednesday—The Results of Repentance One man that day realized Jesus was special. Who was it? Pilate
When the Bible talks of the sixth hour or ninth hour, it means the sixth hour or ninth hour after the start of the day which is about 6:00AM. When did the sky get dark? 6AM 9AM 3PM Noon 6PM Midnight
Two sinful men hung on crosses just like Jesus. One on each side. The first one insulted Jesus, the other said they should
F ___ ___ ____ God. (v.40) This criminal was in Jesus’ presence talking to Him. What words or verses make you think he wanted to be forgiven?
__________________________verse_________ __________________________verse_________ If Jesus was that close to you, what would you talk to Him about?
My sins Sad things My family Glad things My school My friends
In your own words, write down what good news Jesus told him that day as they hung together on the cross.
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Read Mark 15:33-38
As all of our sins were placed on Jesus, darkness filled the land. Even Satan thought he had a victory over the “light of the world”. When our sins were on Him, Jesus, too, became separated from God. What verse and words explain Jesus’ anguish?
M ___ G___ ___, M ___ G___ ___ ___, w ___ ___ h ___ ___ ___ y___ ___ F ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ M ___ ?” As He breathed His last breath, what huge barrier was removed at the temple?
Columns Altar Steps Curtain Lamp stands
The curtain hung at the Most Holy Place, the room in the temple where God met with the high priest. The curtain separated all the people from the Most Holy Place and the high priest could only enter this room one special day each year, and then only after he had made an animal sacrifice for sin. When God tore the curtain, He opened up the Most Holy Place to all who accept Jesus’ forgiveness for their sins. Everyone who believed could now come into God’s presence. Jesus was the perfect sacrifice to take away our sin and allow us to enter into God’s presence.