Yak Pak Week of February 7th – 13th

Posted: February 5, 2015 in Uncategorized
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Take Up Your Cross

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus faced the cross, and we must follow Him

Key Verse:
“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'”
Luke 9:23

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 9:18-27) Jesus was telling his disciples that he will suffer, and be rejected. He did this so that we would not have to. When Jesus says to deny ourselves and follow Him, He is saying that we cannot obtain eternal life on our own. We must follow him and not run away from criticism, discouragement, or hard times. We embrace these things because we know Christ has done all the hard work, and there is nothing in this world that can change that. No amount of trouble or trials will outweigh the work that Christ has done on the cross.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
In Luke 9:22, Jesus specifically predicted his death and resurrection, which is the core of the gospel. He continues in verse 23 to describe how the path to following him involves our own cross. We must be willing to give up everything, even our lives. Physical death is not a requirement, but death to self and the pleasures of this world are a definite cost of following Jesus. If we try to secure salvation or save our own lives by any other means, we will fail. Whether by our good works or our own understanding, all paths outside the gospel fail and lead to eternal death. We can only have life if we trust in Jesus and in what he has done on the cross on our behalf. The passing treasures of this life may bring temporary happiness, but all the treasures of the earth are not equal in value to our salvation in Christ. Money cannot buy eternal joy. Good works cannot save.

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