Archive for March, 2013


Key Verse: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us”

(Romans 5:8)

Our hope is for our kids to believe that: Jesus died to take the punishment for our sins.

(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 19:28-40; 23:1-49) The passages for this week go from the triumphal entry of Jesus to his death on the cross. When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday it was a fulfillment of prophecy (Zechariah 9:9). This is the sign the Jews were waiting for. However, the Pharisees were looking to have Jesus crucified and they made their request known to Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea. Although Pilate felt Jesus was innocent he did not want to upset the Jews. When Jesus died the skies became dark from noon until 3pm. This event was witnessed by many, and those who did not believe that Jesus was the messiah changed their minds and believed. However, the story does not end with his death.

(This is an opportunity for you to ask some questions and to share your thoughts) Parents: Talk about the best gift you’ve ever received. Maybe you got a bike you always wanted one Christmas morning, or perhaps you received a homemade gift from your child that meant a lot to you. Encourage the rest of your family to also share about the best gifts ever. Then talk about how Jesus is God’s best gift to us. Encourage your children to think about how Jesus’ death is a gift to each person and how Jesus came to earth to die on the cross so we can be forgiven for our sins.

Activity/Challenge for Families:
Find two paint stirrers and tie them together to make a cross. As a family find a nice day on the weekend to plant some flowers outside, either around your home or in a window box. Ask each family member to sign his or her name on the wooden cross, and then stake it in the soil of your flower garden.