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WEEKLY LESSON: April 5 // PRESCHOOL
LESSON TITLE: The First Communion // The Good News of Easter
TOPICS: Easter, Communion, Fellowship, Passover (The Lords Supper)
BASIC TRUTH: Jesus is our Passover Lamb.
MEMORY VERSE: “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” Luke 1:29b
BIBLE VERSE ACTIVITY: Ask your child to reply to the following questions:
What should we do? Look /Behold
Who should we behold? The Lamb of God/Jesus
What does the Lamb of God do? Takes away our sin
*Parents: Explain that this is Palm Sunday, which is the Sunday before Easter, when the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem is celebrated. People scattered palm branches in the path of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.
PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY: Explore the meaning of Passover with your child, by first reading the story found in Exodus 12:1-30.
In this lesson we will discover the significance of the Passover feast, and learn how Jesus became the ultimate Passover lamb who was sacrificed for our salvation.
Jesus and his disciples met in the upper room to celebrate Passover, which we call “The Lord’s Supper.” Passover is a festival celebrating the deliverance of Israel from the bondage of slavery to the Egyptians, and more specifically for sparing the firstborn children from the last plague of death. By taking the blood of a lamb and spreading it over the doorposts of their homes, the Lord knew which homes to cause the plague to pass over. The Egyptians, however, suffered many losses, and so let the Israelites leave. As Christians, we can also celebrate Passover by recognizing that Jesus is our Passover lamb. He shed His blood to take away our sins so we can live.
1. What was the Passover that the people celebrated in Jesus time? The angel of death passed over the homes of the Israelites after they painted their doorposts with the blood from a lamb.
2. Why was Jesus referred to as the Lamb of God?
His blood was shed so we may be saved from eternal death.
The cup of juice.
3. What does the broken bread represent in our communion services?
Jesus’ body on the cross
4. What is the meaning of communion?
It serves to remind Christians about the time Christ had his last supper with His Disciples and how He gave His life as a sacrifice for us.
When John the Baptist first saw Jesus, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God.” John knew Jesus would be the ultimate sacrifice by pouring out His blood so that we may be saved. Jesus came into this world to save us from eternal death. This was similar to the time when lambs were sacrificed during the Passover. The shedding of a lamb’s blood saved the Israelites from the death of every firstborn. When Jesus met with his twelve Apostles to celebrate Passover, as it was done every year. He shared with them the true meaning of the lamb’s sacrifice. Jesus knew that His time had come. He knew that His own body would be crucified, and His blood would be poured out for many, so everyone who believes in Him can be saved. *Whenever we take communion remember these things.
PARENT/CHILD ACTIVITY: *Complete the Breaking Bread activity attached with this lesson. Talk about why we celebrate “The First Communion.”
Weekly Lesson: 2020.04.02 // ELEMENTARY-MIDDLE SCHOOL
The Good News of Easter
Topics: Easter, Palm Sunday, Worship
The Triumphal Entry of Jesus
This week we will discover that Jesus deserves our worship and praise because of who He is and what He came to earth to do for us. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. On Palm Sunday, the people shouted praises of joy when they saw Jesus. They didn’t know that Jesus came to free the people not from the Romans, but from their sins. Basic Truth: Jesus offers the gift of everlasting life. (Scripture Used: Matthew 21:1-11)
“Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” Matthew 21:9b
Have you ever been in a place where someone famous was going to perform, perhaps a concert or a ball game? What did you do when the famous person finally arrived?
Every year the Jewish people celebrate Passover to remember the time God protected them from death during the tenth plague on Egypt. After that plague, the Pharaoh of Egypt freed all the Israelites from slavery. One year, as the people came to Jerusalem to celebrate the feast, they heard that their special King was also coming, so they all went out to the road to praise Him. How do you think they reacted when their King arrived?
Read Matthew 21:1-11
1. What did Jesus say his disciples would find in the village?
(A Donkey and her colt)
2. How did the disciples prepare the donkey for Jesus? (They laid their clothes on them.)
3. What did the crowds spread on the road before Jesus?
(Some laid their clothes, others branches.) 4. What did the people shout?
(Hosanna, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
5. Why did they shout this?
(Because they were full of joy)
6. Why do you think Jesus was riding on a donkey? Why not a horse?
(To show humility)
Jesus performed many miracles. The news about how He healed many, and His remarkable teachings spread quickly. The people believed Jesus was the Christ, the one who would rise to power and free the people from the hardships placed on them by the Romans. So they shouted praises of joy when they saw Him. Little did they know the reason Jesus came to earth was to free the people not from the Romans, but from their sins. Jesus offered the gift of everlasting life. That gift is for everyone who hears the Word of God and welcomes Jesus into their hearts. Now that calls for shouts of praise. Hosanna! Save us Now!
To celebrate Easter this year do something a little different with coloring eggs. Before dipping eggs into the colored dye, use a crayon to write short messages on the eggs. The messages should be reasons to praise our Lord Jesus.
Examples: Jesus Loves Me! Jesus is the Son of God!
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