Parents' Corner | April 21, 2019
God’s law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God’s people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin.
Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust. According to God’s Word, the payment of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) But not only is God just, He is also loving. That is why Jesus was willing to die in our place.
Jesus came to die to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18) Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin.
Jesus’ resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice, and forgiveness and life are found in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:17.) If Jesus had died but not been raised up, He would have been like military leaders who died without a throne. (Acts 5:33-37) But Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21) Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. (Rom. 6:5) And Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life.
Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it. Everything that was written about Jesus in the Old Testament and spoken by the prophets was coming true. As you teach your kids this Bible story, emphasize the gospel: the good news of who Jesus is and what He has done.
Family Ministry Director
The Well Community Church
Family Starting Points
April 21, 2019
Scripture Memory: John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Big Picture Question:
Who saves us from our sin? Jesus saves us from our sin.
Bible Story: “Jesus’ Triumphal Entry” (Matthew 26:36-28:10; John 18:1-20:18)
- Judas brought a crowd to arrest Jesus as He was praying.
- The high priest said Jesus should die because Jesus lied against God, but Jesus never sinned.
- Jessu was crucified on a cross and was placed in a tomb.
- On the third day, God raised Jesus from the dead.
Family Discussion Starters:
- Look at last week’s story in your Bible. How did people treat Jesus differently in this story? How does Jesus’ death help us?
- Play the role of detectives and make a case for the resurrection. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-8.
- Go further: Ask your church leaders if there is a family who visited on Easter Sunday that you can invite to lunch after church next week.
- God’s People Worshiped the Golden Calf (Exodus 32:1-35, 34:1-9)