Archive for March, 2016

Doubting Thomas

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus calls to faith all who are His

31 But these (miracles) are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
John 20:31

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child John 20:19-31) Jesus had left the tomb, so when they went to check on Him it was empty. The Jewish leaders probably assumed the disciples had stolen the body, and a search had likely begun. As the disciples hid, Jesus appeared among them. Thomas however was not present at this time, so when he was told the Jesus was alive, he wouldn’t believe them, unless he “saw the nail marks and placed his finger where the nails were”. Well when Jesus appeared to Thomas, he told him to do just that. Jesus told Thomas he was blessed because he saw and believed, however Jesus said we are blessed when we believe and have not seen his hands. Jesus gave Thomas the evidence he asked for, how much more will Christ give us evidence that He is the Son of God.

The Jesus Connection:
After his resurrection, Jesus opened the minds of his disciples to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45). Jesus explained that he himself was the central theme of Scripture. Yet, Thomas, who was absent, did not believe. He was in need of gospel truth. Jesus knew what Thomas needed and reappearing in his presence, showed him his nail-scarred hands. Jesus called Thomas to faith and opened his mind. Thomas immediately responded by addressing Jesus as God. Thomas doubted, but when confronted with the risen Lord who was slain for his sins, Thomas believed. For us, although we have not seen, we have heard the Word and when God opens our minds, we too can believe.

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The Triumphal Entry  

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The people celebrate their King, while others plot His death

13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!”
John 12:13

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 17:11-19) The word spread about all the miracles that Jesus has done, so when ten lepers heard that Jesus was teaching in their village, they went out to meet him. When Jesus saw the lepers he immediately told them to go see the priest to examine them. Now the priest were the ones that verify the healing of a leper, so the ten had enough faith to do as Jesus said. Along the way they were healed, showing that when we walk in faith Jesus will take care of us. After they were examined and verified they were healed, only one leper came back to Jesus to thank him, a Samaritan. The Samaritan not only reminds us that salvation is for all, but it also reminds us to seek Christ in the good times, not just the bad.

The Jesus Connection:
Even as Jesus was riding into Jerusalem, the very people who were celebrating his arrival would put him to death in a few days, Jesus would soon die for the sins of men by suffering on the cross. It is true that Jesus came to earth to be king. But he came as a heavenly king for a spiritual kingdom. That is why he said that if the people did not praise him, the very stones would cry out. The cross did not come as a surprise to Jesus (John 12:27); it was the very reason he had come to earth. Jesus even predicted how he would die (John 12:32–33). Many of those who hailed Jesus as king in his triumphal entry would soon cry out with the religious rulers, “Crucify him!”

Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers  

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The forgiveness of our sin is the greatest healing we can receive  

34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
    his love endures forever.
1 Chronicles 16:34

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 17:11-19) The word spread about all the miracles that Jesus has done, so when ten lepers heard that Jesus was teaching in their village, they went out to meet him. When Jesus saw the lepers he immediately told them to go see the priest to examine them. Now the priest were the ones that verify the healing of a leper, so the ten had enough faith to do as Jesus said. Along the way they were healed, showing that when we walk in faith Jesus will take care of us. After they were examined and verified they were healed, only one leper came back to Jesus to thank him, a Samaritan. The Samaritan not only reminds us that salvation is for all, but it also reminds us to seek Christ in the good times, not just the bad.

The Jesus Connection:
Though many Jews believed, the Jewish nation as a whole would reject Jesus as the Messiah. Many Gentiles, however, would gladly receive the gospel. Here we see a Samaritan throwing himself at the feet of Jesus. Clearly this man had been healed not only physically but also spiritually. The other lepers found healing; this man found Jesus. By healing the man’s illness, Jesus saved his earthly life. But Jesus pointed to a greater healing when he told the man that his faith had made him well. That commendation indicated that God recognized his trust in Jesus and he would be saved. We are also sick with sin and condemned to death. By dying on the cross, Jesus saved us and gave us a greater healing, the forgiveness of our sins.

 

Jesus Walks on Water

Our hope is for our kids to know that: Jesus is the Son of God who saves

 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
John 3:17

Synopsis:
When Jesus finished teaching he went off to pray by himself. To do this he told the disciples to get in the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side of the lake they were at. Later that night, Jesus had to make his way to them, and in order to do that he began to walk on water. Upon seeing this, Peter asked if he could come out to Jesus. Jesus told him “come” and Peter began to step out onto the water and walk towards Jesus. This took faith, as Peter had to trust he wouldn’t fall to the bottom of the lake, but once Peter began to take his eyes off of Jesus, he began to sink. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus and trust that he is God, to get us through whatever trial may come.

The Jesus Connection:
Jesus was no ordinary man. He was more than a great teacher: Jesus was, and is, God. When the disciples in the boat saw Jesus walk on the stormy waves, they worshiped him as God. Little did they know that this same Jesus, who had power over the wind and the waves, who could walk on water and heal all the sicknesses of those who came to him, would soon die on the cross for their sins.
If Jesus had not been God, he should have rebuked the disciples for worshiping him. But Jesus did not correct them. There, in the middle of the sea, Jesus received the worship of the disciples.
In this story, Peter cried out, “Lord, save me.” His words were more profound than he could realize. Our own sin separates us from God. We need to cry out with those same words: “Lord, save me.” As he did with Peter, the Lord extends his hand to save and deliver us safely to the shore of heaven.