Use this lesson to teach the meaning of Ash Wednesday for kids.
Read or summarize Matthew 4:1-11.
students, In a few moments, the pastor is going put ashes on our head
in the shape of a cross. Does anyone know why he's going to put ashes on
our head? What do the ashes mean?
The ashes remind us
that we are all going to die someday. When Jesus was tempted by the
devil, He never sinned. Jesus never did anything wrong in His whole
life. But we do sin, and we do things that are wrong. The Bible tells us
that God's punishment for the wrong things we do is for us to die
someday. So we put ashes on our head to remind us that death is the
punishment for our sin.
The reason that we put the
ashes on our head in the shape of a cross, though, is to remind us that
even we're all going to die someday, Jesus has saved us. We're still
going to die as a punishment for our sin, but because Jesus died on the
cross to forgive us for all of our sins, we won't stay dead. We'll live
forever with God and Jesus in Heaven, and when Jesus comes back to Earth
at the end of the world, He will bring our bodies back to life and we
will live forever with Him.
So the ashes remind us that
death is our punishment, but the cross reminds us that death isn't the
end because of what Jesus did for us.
Let's pray about that.
prayer: Father God, You are right to punish us for the things that we
do wrong. We are sorry for our sins. And we thank You for sending Jesus
to forgive us for our sins and give us a chance to live with You forever
in Heaven. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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