Year 2, Spring: Lesson 4
What we learned today
Big idea: Jesus is king
Palm Sunday: Matthew 21v1–11; John 12v12–19. Jesus rode into Jerusalem as the crowd shouted "Hosanna" in praise.
Where we're headed next time
Big idea: Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life
Jesus Rises: John 14v6; 18v1—20v18. Jesus died and rose again!
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
The Old Testament records hundreds of prophecies about the coming Messiah being the way, the truth, and the life—particularly in the book of Isaiah in the four “servant songs,” which the prophet wrote 700 years before the birth of Jesus.
In Isaiah 53, the prophet describes a Savior who would take upon “the iniquity of us all,” who would be “a man of suffering, and familiar with pain,” and who would have “no beauty or majesty to attract us to him.”
Isaiah even prophesied specifics about Jesus’ death. He used terms such as “pierced” and “crushed” (53v5) and described the Messiah as “disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness” (52v14). Considering the beatings
and torture Christ was subjected to, we can assume He was disfigured beyond recognition.
Jesus came to restore a broken relationship between mankind and God. Instead of bringing a sword as a warrior king, Jesus brought a message of peace and humility for true salvation.
Connect as a family
Create a storytelling atmosphere by gathering in a circle
and using a special chair or reading lamp. Share with your children that what they’re about to hear is true. In fact, it’s the foundation of our entire faith. You may also wish to mention that there are some sad parts in these passages. But this part of The Big God Story gives us hope and joy in our relationship with God both now and forever. Read John 18v1—20:18 together. Discuss what it means to say Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the life.” Jesus provided the way to be in relationship with God, that we can believe it’s true, and that He gives us new life now and forever.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What stood out to you from this passage?
How did it make you feel to hear about what happened to Jesus?
How does it make you feel to know that Jesus rose from the dead and lives today?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you always be thankful for God’s willingness to give His Son so you can be in relationship with Him.