Lent is the season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday and lasts through Holy Saturday (the day before Easter). Traditionally, Christians have observed Lent by devotion, fasting, repenting, and giving. We can invite our children to join us as we observe this season, as we prepare our hearts and our lives for Easter.
Thanks to Kimberlee Conway Ireton for her plan that I used to develop these Kid’s Devotions.http://www.stchristophers-mn.org/storage/files/family-devotions-for-lent.pdf
Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection showed His great compassion on us. He showed that same compassion throughout His life.
Ask the children…
When Jesus came to Bethany He found that His friend Lazarus had died and then He was met by Martha, Lazarus’ sister. How were Martha and her friends feeling?
“Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her.” (John 11:33)
How did Jesus respond?
“he was deeply troubled. 34 ‘Where have you put him?’ he asked them.They told him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ 35 Then Jesus wept.” (John 11:33-35)
Jesus was incredibly compassionate on the troubles of mankind. Even though He knew that He would momentarily raise Lazarus from the dead, He still felt great compassion on all those who were grieving over Lazarus’ death. This same compassion led Jesus to the cross to die for our sins so that we could be forgiven and have new life.
Ask your children how they feel about the fact that Jesus wept over them and had compassion on them because they were spiritually dead and far from their heavenly Father? Remind them that the passion of Easter was driven by the compassion of Jesus on a fallen world. Ask them who Jesus is asking them to have compassion on today? How can they act that compassion out?
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