Hi there!! Here is the next devotion! I hope and pray it helps your families to turn your eyes and hearts towards Jesus in a new way this Easter. God Bless xo
Matthew 26-27, Mark 14-15, Luke 22-23, John 18-19
“Jesus is arrested and Crucified” p. 446 in The Beginner’s Bible
Treasure Hunt Resources: The Peek-a-bible “The Easter Story” or another children’s Easter story for your collection!, T-Bags and matches
Beginning Activity: Read the treasure hunt book together and talk particularly about the next part of the Easter story – that is Jesus praying in the garden and being arrested. The next section of the sticker book could be done too.
Beginner’s Bible, p.446-449 or The Jesus Storybook Bible p.294 are also worth reading, going into more depth about this part of the story.
IN THIS TRUE STORY FROM THE BIBLE WE CAN SEE THAT JESUS WAS AFRAID, BUT TRUSTED GOD AND HIS PERFECT PLAN TO USE JESUS AS OUR RESCUER.
1. What did Jesus do in the garden that night? (He spent time praying and talking to God, telling him he was afraid and asking for another way to be the rescuer and then coming to peace with God’s perfect plan in the end)
2. Who came into the garden later that night? (Judas and the soldiers)
3. What did they come to do? (arrest Jesus and take Him away)
If you have children who enjoy craft you might like to create something focussing around the cross. Such as:
A stained glass effect of three crosses on a hill, a light ray cross with oil pastels, a stained glass egg with cross in the middle, a coin cross - "paid in full"
Sorry I couldn't the pictures to come up to show you. There are thousands of other great ideas out there in cyber space too!
Heavenly Father, thank you so much for having a perfect plan to rescue us through Jesus. Thank you that He died in our place so that we could be forgiven. Please help us to understand just how amazing that is this Easter. Amen.
Memory Verse Activities:
Continue to practice the song/actions.
Together make a resurrection garden in a pot. Talk about some of the details of the story as you make it and the fact that Jesus had to die for us, to rescue us, and also because of his great love for us. We are more loved by Him than I think we’ll ever be able to imagine! As you finish making the garden decorate a flag to put in the garden or a strip to wrap around the pot, with the memory verse written on it. Make the connection with the children between the Easter story and the love of God for us that he would give His son, just so that we could be friends with Him again and be able to live forever with Him in heaven one day!
Here are the instructions for "The gospel according to a tea bag" as well! It's really quite clever!!
Written and Compiled by Kate McIntosh, April 2012