Sin and Forgiveness II, Communion
Bible: Matthew 21:1-11
Lesson: It was almost time for Jesus to go into Jerusalem. He told two of His disciples to go into the village and bring to me the first donkey and colt you see. If the owner says, “hey, where are you taking my donkeys. Just tell them the Lord needs them and the man will yet them go.” That was amazing. Imagine someone coming to your town and taking the first red car they see. They tell you that the Lord needs it. What would you do? This only works if God has told this person ahead of time that the Lord will need your donkeys today. (If God told you ahead of time that the Lord will need your red car today. You would be OK with it.). It all happened just as Jesus said it would, and the disciples brought the donkeys. They put their coats on them for Jesus and Jesus road into Jerusalem on a donkey. The Old Testament said this would happen.
”Say to the city of Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you.
He is gentle and riding on a donkey.
He is riding on a donkey’s colt.’ “ —(Zechariah 9:9)(Matthew 21:5)
As He road into Jerusalem people put their coats and palm branches on the ground before Him–like a red carpet. The people shouted:
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!” —(Psalm 118:26)
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”(Matthew 21:9)
Important Point: Jesus is the Messiah from the Old Testament.
1. Palm Leaf: Print out the Palm Leaf handout and photocopy or print it on green paper. Fold it on the dotted line in the center with the picture up facing you. (So that you only see half of a palm leaf) Cut the leaf out following the line. Leave the diagonal lines for the children to cut. Glue a Popsicle stick to the center bottom or the leaf so that at least half of the stick sticks out the bottom as a stem. Use the “Palm Sunday Move and Rhyme”
2. Print out the people for the Resurrection Diorama so that the children can color the people and you will have time to laminate them for next Sunday. They need to give these back to you. This coming week you should laminate the people and cut them out. Be sure each person has the children’s name on the back. This is for next week’s Resurrection Diorama.
Easter Week Devotions
Materials: Glue, Popsicle sticks, scissors, green paper, and colors
Lent 8 Palm Sunday ssp (Click to download PDF)
Bible: 1Corinthians 11:24-25
Lesson: Why did Jesus get big ouchies on the cross for us? -Because He loves us so much
How do we get to be close to Jesus? -By Faith, You must believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins. (“To take away our sin ouchies”) And Proclaim, Jesus is King of your life. He wants to live in your hearts.
Last week we asked Jesus into our heart to forgive our sin ouchies. This week we get to remember what Jesus did for us. We use communion to remember. The grape juice is red like the blood of Jesus and reminds us that Jesus got ouchies to take our sins away. The bread reminds us that Jesus’ body was broken on the cross for us. Taking this juice and bread into our tummies reminds us that Jesus wants to live inside of us.
Jesus was eating Passover with his friends. The Passover Jesus had may have looked something like this. (Have the Passover items on a plate in the middle of the table and your running shoes and coat on.) Now, during the Passover Jesus did something a little different that year. We call the bread, juice and instructions he gave “Communion.” When we have communion with our friends, it reminds us of what Jesus did for us. We want to always remember that Jesus is with us in our hearts.
Activity: Communion with the Children: 1Corinthians 11:24-25
Explain to the children that you will be giving them a small piece of bread and that they are to wait until I tell you that you can eat the bread. When they all have the bread, you say:
Read: 1Corinthians 11:24 NIrV
Explain to the children that you will be giving them a small cup of grape juice and that they are to wait until I tell you that you can drink the grape juice. When they all have the juice, you say:
Read: 1Corinthians 11:25 NIrV
Important Point: Communion reminds us that Jesus Died for us on the cross and His blood washes our sins away. Taking this juice and bread into our tummies reminds us that Jesus wants to live inside of us.
Direction: Print out The Lord’s Supper hand-out (One for each child). Have the children color the picture. Hand them their Laminated Passover mat and add a plate and very small cup. Follow the place mat’s directions as to how to step through the Passover with Jesus and do it. Eat it with your running shoes on and your coat ready to go quickly. This is the different thing Jesus did, step through communion with the children.
Materials: Small paper plates and cups, grape juice, matzo/allergy free crackers (like rice crackers), grape juice, parsley, Matzo, hard boiled egg, celery, salt water, apples-nuts-honey, bookmark your Bible, and a candle.
Lent 7 Sin and Forgiveness II ssp (Click to download PDF)
When I scheduled the Lent lessons I didn’t count on doing the introduction to Lent twice, once with my class and once with the older children. That left me doing two lessons at the same time. It all worked out. The kids always love the “Passover with Jesus Communion.” The crackers, juice and egg help their tummies make it till fellowship time.