Sunday Children’s Services 9 and 10:45am
Children ages Pre-K to 6th grade meet in the Purple Room 123 for worship, learning, encouragement and FUN,
all straight from God’s Word! If ever you can’t make it, you can still find what you missed right here on this page,
updated for our children’s services weekly.
Have you ever wondered what that means for you?
and some other BIG QUESTIONS about Easter.
today’s big question:
This SNEAK PEEK HELPS US TO UNDERSTAND
Our Bible story this week tells what happened to Jesus on a day we remember each year as Good Friday, the day Jesus died on the cross.
Jesus did not ever sin. He did not deserve to die, but He allowed Himself to be killed on a cross. And, it was not a surprise. He knew exactly what would happen to Him.
You may already know what happened on that sad day. The next day after the Last Supper, Jesus was arrested and beaten. He was put into prison and mocked. He was whipped until He was bleeding. He was hurt so badly, He could hardly walk. Then He was put onto a wooden cross with nails through His hands and feet. He hung on the cross for hours, until He died.
Jesus, Who is God, could have stopped the arrest, the beating, and the crucifixion. But He didn’t. Why?
cross-examine with a sketch
Sometimes detectives use a sketch to see better while investigating a mystery.
The Bible tells us there is one way, and only one way, to be cleansed, to be made right before God… and that is not something we can do.
it is finished, and it is personal
Before we investigate further, let’s understand:
You can pray, any time, any place, to ask God for forgiveness for your sins. Praying is simply talking to God.
If you want to open the door of your life and invite Jesus in,
You can pray a prayer like this Salvation Prayer from your heart any time, any place, to ask God for forgiveness for your sins. The words are not special, you can use your own.
If you need help to do this, you can talk with someone in your family. There are suggestions for parents here.
Jesus loves you! If you need help, C4Kids leaders are also here to help you in this most important decision of your life—we love you and will be praying for you!
Jesus’ disciples were so very sad after He died on the cross. They had not yet put together the clues. They did not yet understand what Jesus had done.
You can ask Mom or Dad to print this Secret Clue List. Ten words are missing, but their shape is left behind.
Read each Scripture verse (in the New International Readers Version) to find and fill in the missing words. The first one has been done for you.
revealing hidden clues
But the servant was pierced because we had sinned.
He was crushed because we had done what was evil.
He was punished to make us whole again.
His wounds have healed us.
The blood of Christ
has made us right
So we are even
more sure that
save us from
1 Peter 3:18
1 Peter 3:18
Christ also suffered once for sins. The one who did what is right suffered for those who don’t do right. He suffered to bring you to God. His body was put to death. But the Holy Spirit brought him
back to life.
life of love,
just as Christ did.
He loved us.
He gave himself
up for us.
He was a
sacrifice to God.
God gave Christ as a sacrifice to pay for sins through the spilling of his blood. So God forgives the sins of those who have faith. God did all this to prove that he does what
is right. He is a
God of mercy.
- What festival were Jesus and His disciples celebrating the night before Jesus died?
- How do you think the disciples reacted to the news that Jesus was going to die?
- What did Jesus say the bread and the cup represented?
- Why did Jesus give up His life for us?
Here is another mystery: In 1 Corinthians 5:7, the apostle Paul describes Jesus as the Passover Lamb. Why does he say that?
Watch the next Top Secret Video to give you some clues…
OLD TESTAMENT HIDDEN CLUES
Click the next red image box to see if you are correct.
close the case
So here’s the bottom line, detectives. Sin is serious. Sin is so bad, it keeps us apart from our Holy God… FOREVER.
And, God says in His Word that sin–like a serious crime–must be punished.
It looks like we have all the clues we need to answer the BIG QUESTION: What did Jesus do on the cross?
In God’s ultimate act of love, Jesus sacrificed Himself when He died in our place. By taking the punishment we deserve for our sin, Jesus made a way for us to be forgiven. Jesus’ death on the cross allows us to be reconciled to God and to spend eternity with Him.
We can celebrate Jesus’ sacrifice every day, not just at Easter time. But celebrating these very special days each year at Easter time is one way to remember God’s mercy and praise Him for His goodness.
And that solves this case! great work, detectives!
Here’s a playlist for you to praise God all week!
I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the LORD; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the LORD with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:1
Here’s a coloring page for younger ones to remember this lesson.