Year 2, Summer: Lesson 12
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus is the king of kings
Jesus Returns: John 14v1–3; Acts 1v9–11; 1 Thessalonians 4v15–16; Revelations 22v1–5. Jesus will return and bring with him an age without sin, sadness, or sickness. Believers will be taken to live in God’s presence forever.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Remember & Celebrate
Festival of Jubilee: Remembering and Celebrating God’s Gift of Freedom
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
The Israelites celebrated seven annual 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).
During the festivals, the Israelites ate, danced, sang, played instruments, prayed, and offered sacrifices to God.
The Year of Jubilee occurred on the 50th year following the seven cycles of seven Sabbatical years. This festival celebrated God’s gift of freedom. It was a consecrated year set aside to proclaim liberty and restoration for all the inhabitants of the land. Debts were forgiven, and those who had sold themselves to settle a debt were set free.
The Festival of Jubilee symbolizes our eternity in heaven with our Lord and Savior— living in perfection, free from the debt of sin.
Connect as a family
Surprise your children this week with a celebration complete with balloons, streamers, festive music, and a yummy treat. When your children ask why your family is celebrating, explain it’s because God is so good. He loves us, sent His Son to pay the debt for our sin, and frees us from the punishment we deserve. This good news gives us a reason to celebrate! God’s people rejoiced in this truth with the Year of Jubilee—an entire year of remembering and celebrating. Read Psalm 96 together and discuss all the ways God provides for your family.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What was the Year of Jubilee all about?
What does this passage tell us about God?
What are some things you can praise God for?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how to Remember and Celebrate God's Gift of Freedom into your everyday life as a family.
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 grow in your understanding that God loves you very much, and He is always with you!