Jesus performed an amazing act of love! He gave up his own life on the cross so that we can have eternal life. Our next Faith Quest workshops will tell what happened to Jesus during his trial and crucifixion and how Jesus remained obedient to God. God loves us so much that he gave his only son so that we may have eternal life.
It was Passover, when the Hebrew people sacrificed a lamb to celebrate how God showed his amazing love for them by freeing them from slavery in Egypt. Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the sacrifice of the Passover lambs. But instead, some of the rulers of the people accused Jesus of causing riots, telling people not to pay taxes, and claiming to be a king. Though the rulers Pilate and Herod questioned Jesus, they did not believe he was guilty and wanted to release him. But the leaders of the people yelled for Jesus to be crucified. They made Jesus carry the heavy wooden cross that he would be crucified on. As he walked to a place called The Skull, Jesus comforted the women crying for him along the road. Jesus said, "Father, forgive these people! They don't know what they are doing." Jesus became like the lamb sacrificed at Passover. He showed an amazing love for us by giving up his own life so that we can have eternal life.
"God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die" (CEV).
Make a banner in Creation Station.
In Holywood, we'll watch the events of Holy Week.
Act out Jesus’ trial in Apostle's Playhouse.
Learn about asking Jesus to forgive us in Good News.
Praising Puppets explore what it is like to be accused of something they did not do.
See how much you know about Jesus’ trial and crucifixion in a fast paced game in Antioch Arcade.
Read: Luke 23
Reflection: As members of a family, we make sacrifices for each other all the time: parents sacrifice life’s little luxuries for children’s piano lessons, children give up video-game time to help with household chores. But we have little in our experience to compare to the amazing sacrifice that God made for us: to willingly take on suffering and rejection and death for our salvation. What wondrous love this is!
Prayer: Dear God, Thank-you for the gift of your son, Jesus, so that we can have eternal life and never really die. Amen.
Offering: Your offering will go to One Great Hour of Sharing, which helps families in crisis around the world. Please bring your offering to the jar in the Great Hall.
Holywood - Pam Townsend
Good News - Angela Farthing
Antioch Arcade - Janet Turner
Creation Station - Angie Wright
Apostle's Playhouse - Lee Smith
Praising Puppets - Ginger Espino
Thank-you to our curriculum design team: Carole Rhodes, Lee Smith, Mike Wright, Nancy Stokes, Robin Morris, Catherine Devins, Amy Woynicz, Susan Mazzara and Marcia Hale, Interim Director of Children's Ministry.