Jesus is my good friend!
Do you proclaim the goodness of God everywhere you go? Are you excited about Jesus when you are out and about? If He entered your “town” right now, would you even notice?
Your preschooler is learning this weekend that as Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey (he didn’t have a motorcade), the people shouted and welcomed Him. Their clothes and tree cuttings were His red carpet. And observers wanted to know what all the fuss was about.
The welcoming committee in Jerusalem was excited because Jesus had been their friend. He had done great things in their midst and they had a revelation of who He was. They were excited to see Him!!!! They were worshipping…in the middle of town…oblivious to who was watching!
Jesus is that same friend to you and your children. If constant worship isn’t a common practice for your family, start small. Create a Rhythm by stopping to say “Thank You Jesus”, even just for small things. Just thank Jesus for being your friend. Your kids will do the same.
Elementary (K-3rd Grade)
In this world you will have trouble.
But Jesus OVERCAME the world!
We were never promised a trouble free life. Bad things do happen to good people. Life throws curve balls. Tragedy and calamity exist in this fallen world we live in. BUT!!!! That is not the end of the story for you if you believe in Jesus! Our memory verse, John 16:33, doesn’t end with trouble! It ends with victory!
Jesus told us that He has overcome the world. In the Amplified Bible, that means that He has deprived the world of its power to harm you and He has conquered it for you! It means that in the midst of all those troubles, you can overcome! Our outcomes in life are purely reliant on the choices we make in the midst of what we face. What are you choosing? Victory or defeat? Whatever you’re dealing with, Jesus has already overcome it. And in His power, you will too. It all comes down to what you choose to believe.
What do your actions in the midst of trouble teach your student? How do they see you respond? Fight for the Heart this week by consciously choosing to look for a good outcome despite the bad circumstances you might face. Your student has many voices telling them how to act, how to react, and what to believe. Let your actions speak loudly in their lives. Teach them that they are overcomers because of Jesus!
Club 45 (4-5th grade)
Why did Jesus die?
What does the cross mean to you? To some it is a “bridge” to God. To others it is a symbol of sacrifice. It is also a symbol of love. How do you define the cross in your life?
The cross was not the end. At the cross, Jesus finished the work of the enemy that started in the Garden (John 19:30). At the cross, Jesus proclaimed the love of the Father for His children. At the cross, Jesus provided redemption for every person.
As we enter into Easter, spend some time with your student talking about the cross and what it means to them. Imagine the End with them as they define the significance of the cross in their lives. How can a revelation of what happened at the cross change their lives forever? How might we approach life differently if the cross is at the center of our thinking?