Jesus gives us LIGHT (your kids say, “Follow Him!”) He gives us His light of life to shine into the darkness of sin around us.
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“Then Jesus spoke to them again, ‘I am the light of hte world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.'” – John 8:12 (Backyard Kids Club Cave Quest Key Verse)
What does Jesus give us?
Jesus gives us light, hope, love and power.
Jesus gives us light. (Follow Him!)
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
Jesus gives us HOPE (John 1:1-34; Isaiah 9:2):
God gave John the Baptist an important job: to tell God’s people that the Messiah (the Savior) was coming to save and rescue them. John’s message gave the people hope to patiently wait for Jesus to come rescue them.
As John the Baptist was preaching and baptizing crowds, Jesus came to be baptized. After Jesus was baptized God sent an dove to rest on Jesus’ shoulder and opened the sky to shine light down on Him. Then a loud voice spoke, “This is my son. I am well pleased with Him. Listen to what He says.” That voice was God!
God had promised long ago to save His people from their bondage to sin and he had delivered! The people had waited with patient hope and finally Jesus was here to rescue them.
Jesus gives us LOVE (Luke 23:1-24:12):
One night, Jesus had a special dinner with His friends and took them to a garden to pray. His friends fell asleep while Jesus prayed to God, “Papa! Father!” Jesus cried. And he fell to the ground. “Is there any other way to get your children back? To heal their hearts? To get rid of the poison?” But Jesus knew – there was no other way. All the poison of sin was going to have to go into his own heart.
God was going to pour into Jesus’ heart all the sadness and brokenness in people’s hearts. He was going to pour into Jesus’ body all the sickness in people’s bodies. God was going to have to blame his son for everything that had gone wrong. It would crush Jesus.
Some soldiers came and arrested Jesus. They beat and hurt Jesus, spit in His face and made a crown of thorns to put on His head. As He was bloody and beaten, He was led up a hill to Golgotha where He was nailed to a cross and crucified.
Jesus, who had never sinned, was willing to take this punishment for all of my sins. And your sins. It was OUR sins that nailed Jesus to that cross. When we commit sin (like betraying a friend, hitting someone, mocking or making fun of someone), we are nailing Jesus to that cross, where he hung for hours in agonizing pain, unable to breathe, unable to move, life beginning to leave his body. At about noon, Jesus died.
Three days later, Jesus’ friends went to the tomb to prepare his body for burial. It was around sunrise. When they got there, they saw something miraculous and amazing. The huge stone that had been placed at the entrance was rolled away… and inside… they saw two angels in bright robes. The angels asked, “Why are you looking among the dead for someone who is alive? He isn’t here! He is risen!”
Jesus’ love for us is more powerful than our sin… and more powerful than death. Jesus was willing to die on the cross to take the punishment for our sins. And when he came back to life, he defeated death! When we believe in Jesus, all of the wrong things we’ve done or will ever do are forgiven and we can be with him forever in heaven.
Jesus gives us POWER (Acts 1:1-11):
After Jesus came back to life, he stayed on earth for 40 days. And during those 40 days, he appeared to his followers numerous times. During one of those times, Jesus was eating with his friends. And he told them something really strange. He told his friends not to leave the city of Jerusalem until God sent them the gift of the Holy Spirit. THEN he said the Holy Spirit would help them tell people all over the world about Jesus! Jesus said, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.”
Right after he said this, an incredible thing happened. Jesus rose into the air and disappeared, right up into the clouds! While they were looking up, two angels appeared and said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing here staring into heaven? Jesus has been taken from you into heaven, but someday he will return from heaven in the same way you saw him go!”
So God’s people and Jesus’ friends huddled together in an upstairs room. Jesus had told them to wait here for the special gift of the Holy Spirit. As they waited, they prayed and remembered how from the beginning, God had been working out his rescue plan for his people.
Suddenly, a strong wind filled the little room, whistling through the walls, rustling the straw on the floor. And there, on everyone’s heads, were flickering flames. Fire that didn’t hurt or burn. And inside their hearts they felt a strange heat, almost as if all the coldness and hardness was melting away. As if their broken hearts were mending. And God was giving them brand new hearts.
It was mysterious what was happening, but one thing was clear – God’s power was now in their heart and Jesus himself was coming to live inside them. To give them power to love as God loves and follow his commandments to love the world, serve others, and tell everyone about him.
So they left that room and told everyone about Jesus in the streets. They loved them, caring for the orphans and widows, and telling everyone about their sin and how Jesus saved them from it.
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- What was John the Baptist’s job? (to tell God’s people that the Messiah was coming to save them)
- What did God tell His people after Jesus was baptized? (“This is My Son. I am well pleased with Him. Listen to what he says.”)
- How many times does God keep His promise? (always!)
- What did the soldiers do to Jesus? (they arrested Him, beat Him, put a crown of thorns on His head, nailed Him to the cross)
- Why did Jesus have to die on the cross? (the punishment for our sins is death so Jesus took all of our sins and sickness on His own body to take our punishment for our sins)
- How many days did Jesus stay on the earth after His resurrection? (40 days)
- What did God’s people do when the Holy Spirit was given to them? (they left the room and told everyone about Jesus in the streets by loving them, caring for orphans and widows, and telling them about their sin and how Jesus saved them from it)
Now is a great time to worship together as a family. You can sing a personal favorite, you can use this lyrics video to sing My Hope is in the Lord, or sing our Kids City songs from this unit.
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
God sent Jesus to rescue His people from their sins. Jesus took all of our sin and sickness on His own body and endured the pain and suffering of the cross because He loves us. God raised Jesus from the dead to defeat sin and death! After Jesus showed Himself to His followers and ascended into Heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to live with us and guide us through our lives. Jesus gives us light, hope, love and power!
Thank God for His perfect plan to send Jesus. Ask God to remind us more and more of how much He loves us. Thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, to rescue us from sin.