YEAH! Church - 16 August 2020
Through the Bible in 2020
Last week, we talked about the fact that there were many people–especially the religious leaders–who refused to acknowledge the miracles that Jesus did as proof that He was the Messiah. They decided it wasn’t good enough for them to just ignore Him; they put plans in motion to have Him killed! What they didn’t realize is that this was God’s plan too...
Today’s Lesson - “Jesus Fulfills God’s Plans”
The Reason Jesus had to die
Jesus is arrested, crucified and resurrected for younger children -
Jesus is arrested and is crucified for older children -
For older children / parents - Understanding the Need for the Messiah
Today’s story doesn’t make any sense unless we go way back to the beginning, to Genesis 1-3. Remember what happened? God made the world ‘very good,’ but He also created the first people with the option to obey Him or disobey Him. Unfortunately, they chose to disobey and the God’s very good Creation was infected with sin, which poisoned everything!
God promised Eve that one of her children, would eventually bring about the destruction of the serpent–he’s the one the convinced Adam and Eve to disobey God–and would provide a way for people to once again enjoy the kind of life God had made them for. That future child, the Messiah–Rescuer, was Jesus.
But He didn’t come the way people expected–He wasn’t rich, a mighty warrior or conquering king...at least not yet. He was born to a virgin, grew up in a poor family and when He was old enough began to spread the news–He was the Messiah, but rather than rescuing the people from human rulers–the Romans, He had come to rescue them from sin. But that meant He had to die in our place!
When someone breaks the law the punishment is a fine or jail time; when someone disobeys God and sins, the punishment is eternal spiritual death. Jesus, who had never sinned in His life and had no sin to pay for, chose to take the punishment for our sins. If we believe this to be true and decide to have a relationship with Jesus as our Rescuer, we can live forever with Him in heaven!
This week’s verse:
Romans 10:10- “For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith in Jesus that you are saved. ”
Jesus had to die to make all things right and very good again; it was the only way we wouldn’t haven’t to take the punishment ourselves. We can be forgiven of the bad stuff we do and become a child of God. Jesus is still in the process of making all things new and when He comes back as He promised He’s going to complete the job! That’s right, He’s alive, today! But that’s a story for next week... ~ Pastor Jane
Theme Verse for 2020:
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16+17
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.
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