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
Not everyone appreciated the message that Jesus brought of freedom and new life. The religious leaders especially hated Jesus.
Ask the children…
What did the teachers and priests want to do to Jesus?
“It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.” (Mark 14:1)
The teachers and priests were used to bossing the people around and telling them how to keep the Law and making the people serve and respect them. The message that Jesus brought was one of love and that God loved each person and wouldn’t require them to be strict law keepers or follow the religious teachers. This made the teachers and priests furious.
Ask your children if they understand that they now live under grace and not the Law. They are forgiven because Christ kept the Law for them and died to take their punishment for Law breaking on Himself. How does that make them feel? Do they now want to serve Christ from the heart? Thank God that we are no longer under the Law or selfish religious teachers.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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