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
On this Good Friday we remember that Jesus was nailed to a cross by those who hated Him and yet He was even in this hour thinking of others.
Ask the children…
Jesus was treated like a common criminal in His crucifixion. Everyone would stand around and watch and hurl insults at them. How do you think Jesus felt about this?
“Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33 When they came to a place called The Skull,[e] they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.” (Luke 23:32, 33)
Even in this dark and painful hour, who was Jesus thinking about?
“Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”” (Luke 23:34)
Even while Jesus was dying on a cross, He was concerned for the very ones who cried out to have Him crucified. He wanted them to receive the forgiveness that His death offered to all who believed.
Ask your children if they have received this forgiveness that Jesus was praying for? If they have, rejoice with them that they can enter into Jesus’ death for them. If not, them explain why Jesus had to die and ask them if they want to ask Jesus to forgive their sins and become their Lord and Savior.
Feel free to share your own stories below in the comments section.
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