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 who especially hated Jesus sent soldiers to take arrest Him while Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Thursday of Passover week.
Ask the children…
Jesus knew ahead of time that He would be arrested and predicted it. What does that tell us about Him and His willingness to allow Himself to be arrested?
“And immediately, even as Jesus said this, Judas, one of the twelve disciples, arrived with a crowd of men armed with swords and clubs. They had been sent by the leading priests, the teachers of religious law, and the elders..” (Mark 14:43)
Why did Jesus say that He was allowing Himself to be arrested?
“Jesus asked them, ‘Am I some dangerous revolutionary, that you come with swords and clubs to arrest me? 49 Why didn’t you arrest me in the Temple? I was there among you teaching every day. But these things are happening to fulfill what the Scriptures say about me.’” (Mark 14:48, 49)
Jesus was committed that every word of Scripture would be fulfilled. These things that were happening to him on this day had been predicted for a thousand years by the prophets. All these things needed to happen so Jesus could become our the Easter lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.
Ask your children how they feel about Jesus’ willingness to be arrested? He could have stopped it at any time with a word, but He didn’t. How does this make Easter even more special to them? Thank Jesus for His sacrificial life.
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