Give your child(ren) an impossible task to do, such as picking up a lot of confetti off the floor in thirty seconds or wrapping 10 boxes in wrapping paper in one minute. Ask your child(ren) ho they felt when they were unable to complete the task. Have there ever been other things that were impossible for them to do?
Lesson Connection: Just like it was impossible for you to pick up all that confetti (or other task), it’s also impossible for us to save ourselves from our sin. Only Jesus Christ can do that! Today we’re going to learn that Jesus save us by dying on the cross for us.
Jesus’ crucifixion, burial and resurrection are the centre of the gospel. Jesus accomplished the plan God had been working out throughout the Old Testament to bring salvation to sinners, and it happened in such an unlikely way.
In the Books of Acts, Peter testified to the Israelites about Jesus’ death: “Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him” (Acts 2:23). Crucifixion was a horrific way to die. As you go through the story with your family and children, rather than focus on the graphic details of how Jesus died, emphasize why He died. To primary reasons stand out:
God is loving and God is just.
First, God is loving. He sent His Son to be the Saviour of the world because He loves us. (See John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 1 John 4:10) Jesus submitted to the Father’s will; He humbled Himself and came to earth as a man, He laid down His life because He loves us (Eph. 5:2)
Jesus lived the perfect life we failed to live and died the guilty death we don’t want to die. Those who trust in Him receive forgiveness and eternal life.
Second, God is just. God’s law for the people was plain (Deuteronomy 6:5) But God’s people, and all people, broke the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin. So why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “you are forgiven”? Because God is just, He requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust.
Jesus was our substitute, taking our place on the cross and absorbing God’s wrath on our behalf so we can be forgiven and declared righteous (Roman 3:25-26; Col. 2:13-15). Jesus died to release sinner from slavery to sin, and when we trust in Him, we are free indeed.
Materials and ideas from Gosple Life Project, Lifeway and Focus on the Family