Here are snapshots of the lessons I taught throughout the week:
Day 1 Lesson--The Triumphal Entry
- I reminded students that Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus's arrival into Jerusalem.
- Scripture focus: Matthew 21:1-11
- Essential questions: "What makes Jesus different from every other religious leader in history?" "What makes him different from every other human being in history?"
Day 2 Lesson--The Last Supper
- We focused on the betrayal of Jesus and the last supper He and His disciples shared together.
- Scripture focus: Matthew 26:1-30 and John 13:1-20
- We discussed how, in John 13, Jesus's act of washing the disciples' feet during the supper was a great example of selfless service. We, as Christians, are to remember this act and humble ourselves, giving generously to (and serving) others.
Day 3 Lesson--The Garden of Gethsemane (Jesus Prays)
- We read about how Jesus predicted Peter's denial as well as how Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane.
- Scripture focus: Matthew 26:31-46
- Discussion questions: "In verse 39, is Jesus saying he doesn't want to die? Why do you think He asked God to 'remove this cup from me'?" "What does it mean, in verse 39, when Jesus says, 'Yet not as I will, but as you will'? How is this a good model prayer for us?"
Day 4 Lesson--The Crucifixion
- We read about Judas's betrayal, Peter's denial, and Jesus's crucifixion.
- Scripture focus: Matthew 26:47-27:66
- We discussed how the crucifixion of Jesus is a difficult thing to imagine. Even though it makes us sad to think about, we can see from the scripture how much God loves us. As Jesus died on the cross, He forgave those who were persecuting Him. As Christians, we should forgive those who hurt us.
Day 5 Lesson--The Resurrection
- We read the best part of the story--how Jesus rose from the grave!
- Scripture focus: Matthew 28:1-20; 1 Corinthians 15:12-58
- We discussed how significant the resurrection is. In no other religion has a "god" raised himself from the dead. Jesus triumphed over sin and death and He has the power to take us to be with Him when we die.
I do a different Easter craft each year and this year it was sand crosses from Oriental Trading. ;)
I hope everyone has a Happy Easter! He is Risen!