YEAH! Church - Sunday, March 7, 2021
"Easter—the Greatest Event in History!" – Jesus came to earth as a baby and grew up, just like all babies do. And like all of us, Jesus had friends. Some he chose to become his students and some simply followed him because they enjoyed being with him. Jesus had lots of different kinds of friends, but they all had one thing in common—he loved each one of them!
Today’s Lesson - “Jesus’ Friends”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II_v3KTtgDw (Saddleback – Jesus and the sinful woman)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5ajWNrnt4 (Saddleback – Jesus washes the disciples’ feet)
These two stories are both about foot washing. In Jesus’ day, people wore sandals all the time and, understandably, their feet would get dirty. Often times a bowl of water was made available to wash feet, or sometimes a servant would be given the job of washing everyone’s feet. It wasn’t a nice job and no one wanted it!
Luke 7:36-50 - The woman in the story who washed Jesus’ feet wanted to show just how very much she loved him…and how very sorry she was for the bad things she had done in her life. She showed him that she was willing to do whatever it took for him to forgive her. And Jesus did! This woman may even have become one of the women who followed Jesus during his ministry—supporting him, learning from him and being his friend.
John 13:1-17 - The second story is about the time that Jesus did this very dirty job for his disciples. He wanted them to understand that they were always to be ready to help others, no matter what job it was…just like he had done. He told them that those who are truly his friends, will want to help others too.
• Jesus made friends with all kinds of people, even people that others looked down on. Why did Jesus choose the friends he did?
• When Jesus helped people, some were so grateful that they became his followers. If you lived 2,000 ago, do you think you would choose to follow Jesus from place to place—supporting him with your money, learning from him and being his friend?
• Some of Jesus’ friends he chose and trained them to be able to continue the work he began. What is the work that Jesus wants his friends to do?
Could you learn these nine verses over the next six weeks?
John 15:9-17 - “9 I have loved you even as the Father has loved me. Remain in my love. 10 When you obey my commandments, you remain in my love, just as I obey my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. 11 I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow! 12 This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. 13 There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you slaves, because a master doesn’t confide in his slaves. Now you are my friends, since I have told you everything the Father told me. 16 You didn’t choose me. I chose you. I appointed you to go and produce lasting fruit, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask for, using my name. 17 This is my command: Love each other.”
Prayer - Thank you, God, that you want to be our friend. It doesn’t matter, how good or bad we’ve been, what kind of job we do or how much money our family has. Anyone can be your friend!
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
Follow us on Facebook for more content!