Year 2, Spring: Lesson 12
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus sees faith
Faith of the Centurion: Matthew 8v5–13. Jesus heals the servant of a Roman officer who demonstrates great faith.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Remember & Celebrate
Festival of the Day of Atonement: Remembering and Celebrating God’s Righteousness
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
The Israelite people celebrated seven festivals: Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Festival of First Fruits, Feast of Harvest, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles (or Booths).
The Day of Atonement was a reflective and often solemn festival each year, involving fasting, prayer, and repentance. The Israelites rededicated the temple of the Lord and repented of their sins.
On this day each year, the high priest passed through the veil in the temple and entered the Holy of Holies with sacrificial blood to make atonement for the sins of the people. In the New Testament, Jesus, who is our High Priest, shed His blood once and for all to make atonement for our sins before God.
Connect as a family
At dinner this week, play a game of “Pass the Pepper” with the pepper shaker. Before each person passes it, he must tell the best thing that happened to him during the past week. After taking time to remember and celebrate all the great events of the week, talk with your children about the festivals God’s people celebrated. On the Day of Atonement, they spent time remembering His goodness and righteousness. One way the Israelites did this was by repenting and confessing their sins together. Read 1 John 1v5–10. Discuss as a family the forgiving love of Jesus Christ and the importance of confession and repentance.
Blessings are often used in the 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 worship our righteous God each day of your life. May you experience His forgiveness and love.