Friday, June 20, 2014

The Cruxifixion Sunday School Lesson - Jesus Dies And Takes Away Our Sins

Use this Crucifixion Sunday School lesson to teach children about how Jesus died for us to forgive us for our sins.

Needed: Bibles, rotten food, candy bars, newspaper or other paper, food coloring, white glue, liquid starch (like Sta-Flo for laundry), measuring cups, sandwich baggies

Lesson: (Note: Always give students the opportunity to answer the questions before you clarifying the teaching.)

(Have a student read Matthew 27:11, or read it yourself.)

Why did Pilate ask Jesus if He is the King of the Jews? (If Jesus is a king, He might try to take over the country and fight the Romans and Pilate can’t let Jesus start a war against the Romans because Pilate works for the Roman government.)

Why did Jesus say that He is the King of the Jews? (Because He is. Jesus is the descendant of King David, which means He is the rightful King. Jesus is also God so He is the King of everything.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 27:12-14, or read it yourself.)

Why didn’t Jesus answer any more of Pilate’s questions? (Jesus didn’t want to defend Himself. He knew He was supposed to let Pilate crucify Him so He could die for our sins.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 27:15-46, or read it yourself.)

When Jesus was on the cross, why did He say, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Jesus had taken all the sins of everyone in the whole world on Himself. He had to take our sins on Himself so that He could take away our sins for us and save us. But having all those sins on Him meant that God didn’t want to be with Him. When we have sin in our lives, God doesn’t want to be with us because God doesn’t want to be around people who do bad things. If we ask for forgiveness and stop doing bad things, then God will come be with us again.)

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 27:47-61, or read it yourself.)

Activity: Give kids something unpleasant like a rotten banana or something. Have a row of good prizes lined up, like candy bars. Ask each child if they’d like to keep what they have (the bad thing) or trade it for one of the prizes. It should be a no-brainer. Explain that Jesus takes our sin and gives us the best thing of all, life forever with God.

Craft: Have students make silly putty or bring some in for each student. Have them practice using the silly putty to copy print or pictures off of a newspaper or other printed paper. Explain that Jesus took our sins on Himself when He died on the cross.

*To make silly putty: Tell students to pour 1/4 cup of white glue, a few drops of food coloring, and 1/8 cup of liquid starch into a sandwich baggie. Close the baggie and knead the mixture with your fingers through the baggie until it gains the right consistency. If it is not hardening properly, add a little more liquid starch.

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