My church is gracious enough to share their curriculum with me so that I can write devotions for my kids each week that go along with what they’ll be learning in church on Sunday. I’ve been doing this since January, and my kids and I are LOVING it. Here is this week’s devotional leading up to Easter Sunday.
Memory Verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
From the story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection in Mark 15:21–16:16a, decide whether the following statements are true or false. Tell a parent why the FALSE answers are wrong.
True or False:
T F Jesus did something very bad and his punishment was to be hung on a cross until he died.
T F It was God’s plan for Jesus to die.
T F Jesus could have gotten off the cross, but He did not.
T F The soldiers were very kind and caring to Jesus.
T F Jesus died on the cross.
T F Everyone is going to heaven when they die. T F Jesus’ friends took his body and laid it in a tomb.
T F Thieves stole Jesus’ body from the tomb.
Easter is one of the most important holidays for a believer. It’s a time that we stop and remember that our sin separated us from God, and that sin doomed us to a hopeless life and an eternity in hell. But God loved us too much to let sin win. He made a plan that hurt His heart, but that would rescue each and every person who wanted to know and love God. He sent His only son to die on a cross and pay the punishment for our sins…YOUR sins…MY sins…everyone’s sins were paid for that day. Jesus’ death on the cross, burial and glorious resurrection changed our future and made a bridge over the giant hole that sin had made separating us from God. God LOVED us so much that He gave us an escape from death into life! We’ve been rescued–hallelujah!
God loves __________________________________________________ very much. (write your full name)