Year 1, Summer: Lesson 11
What we learned today
Big Idea: God Calls us to life with him
Paul in Rome. Acts 27—28. Paul survived a shipwreck and then went to Rome.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God is the beginning and the end.
Promise of Jesus’ Return Revelation 19v11–21; 21—22 Jesus is coming again!
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
To a first-century audience, riding on a donkey represented humility and peace.
In contrast, riding on a horse represented status and power. It also represented war. Military leaders, especially those in the Roman army, rode on horseback.
Contrary to prophecy in Zechariah 9:9, which described the Messiah as “lowly and riding on a donkey,” the Israelites yearned for God to send a great king who would destroy their enemies in war.
In Revelation 19, we see a picture of our Savior riding on a white horse. In the Roman world, white symbolized victory. God will ultimately have victory and reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!
Connect as a family
Before you read The Big God Story this week, give your children some paper and markers or colored pencils. Then read Revelation 19v11–16; 21v1–7, 10–23. When you’re done, invite your kids to draw pictures of what they imagine heaven will be like. Encourage them to tell you about their pictures. Explain that while we don’t know exactly what heaven will be like, we do know we will be with God forever!
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What kinds of things does God say will happen in heaven?
Why will there be no sun or moon in heaven?
How do you know Jesus will return?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about God as the Beginning and the End into your everyday life as a family.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you experience joy because of the gift that God has given you—the gift of eternal life with Him.