Welcome to the Cross:
In a season of Easter Egg Hunts and the Easter Bunny, it is easy for kids to forget the reason the Easter season exists. As we come out of a series on suffering and what it looks like for God to meet us in the middle of our suffering, this comes to life in the walk of our Savior to the cross. This series will begin with a look into our own lives, asking, “Why does Jesus need to go to the cross? What is sin and why does it matter?” No matter what age your child, if we don’t talk about sin and we don’t make it clear that we are not perfect, but Jesus is perfect, the cross is just another story like the Easter Bunny. As we make our way through this series our goal is never to live in a world of shame, but live in a world where we highlight how great Jesus is, how only through love he came to earth and lived a perfect life, and how only through this love and sacrifice can we, from toddlers to adults, be made perfect. If you feel like you are repeating the phrases “Jesus lived a perfect life,” “Jesus died for our sins,” “Jesus is alive,” then you are doing it right. We want our kids to walk away from this series knowing the basic truths of faith and that, in spite of the suffering they face in the world, Jesus is greater.
Catechism Question To Review As A Family:
Question 24: Why is it necessary for Christ, the redeemer, to die?
Answer: Since death is the punishment for sin, Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.
Verse to Memorize:
This is our first week memorizing Romans 5:19. As you begin to memorize be sure to write the verse and hang it somewhere where your family can see it regularly. Use our memory verse song on youtube to help you sing the words and memorize. Play games that will help you memorize. Spend time talking about the verse so your kids have an understanding of what they are saying.
Romans 5:19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.
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Activity with Your Kids
Will need: Thumbprint cross printable
Allow your child to take an outline of the cross and an ink pad or finger paint. Talk about how each of our sins, each of our acts of disobedience, means that we are in need of a savior. We are going to put our fingerprints around the cross, reminding us that Jesus came for each of our moments of disobedience, and that he didn’t just come and die for nothing, but he came and lived a perfect life for each of us as individuals. He loved us enough to do that. As we hang these crosses and verses in our homes, we can remember that as we journey to the cross over the next few weeks, Jesus did that for each of us. He is a great King who did great things for each of us.
Allow your child to put his/her thumbprints of ink or paint around the outline of the cross, reading our memory verse of Romans 5:19 aloud to them.