Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kids in the Word Wednesday: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Tonight's lesson takes us into the garden.

All of my notes are here:  http://www.scribd.com/doc/85370134/Jesus-in-the-Garden-of-Gethsemane


While I am doing the lesson, I will have the kids color this page:
     http://www.calvarywilliamsport.com/e16.htm

I am also going to make a puzzle using this picture for the kids to put together:
     Jesus Christ praying on the rock drawing art color hd(hq) dektop Christian background wallpaper

Here is the lesson, but you can download it above.


Review:
                What did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on?
                What did they lay down for Him to ride over?
                And what is the name of the Sunday before Easter?
                Last week we did the Last Supper.  How many disciples did we learn that Jesus had?
                                A disciple is someone who shares the gospel.  Who here is a disciple of Jesus?
During the Passover feast, we learned that Jesus wants us to remember Him.  We are to do
                Communion in remembrance of Him.  What does the broken bread signify?  Grape juice
                Or wine?
                We also learned that one of Jesus’ own disciples gave His location up to the enemies.  Does
 anyone remember what his name was?

The last supper took place on Thursday.  The day before Jesus was crucified. 
                Why was He crucified?
On that night Jesus was in great danger.  Judas had left the Passover feast and had gone to the priests and accepted a bribe of 30 silver coins in return for him leading them the Jesus so that they could arrest Him.

After the supper, Jesus and His disciples walked thru the dark to the Mount of Olives.  At the base of the mountain, there was the Garden of Gethsemane.
                Does anyone know what a garden is?
The garden was a quiet place where people often came to pray and rest.  It was just outside of Jerusalem.  Jesus was very sad.  He asked His disciples to wait there while He went to pray.  He took Peter, John, and James with Him.  He told these three men that His heart was sad. 
                When we are sad, what can we do?
                How many of you pray?
                When do we pray?
                                Bedtime, meals, church
Jesus prayed a lot.  He was always reaching out to His Father.  The Bible tells us that He prayed at all times of the day or night.  He prayed in front of others or even by himself.  The night before He died He prayed 3 times in the garden.  Jesus knew His death was near.  Jesus prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me.” 
Cup, what cup?
Do you think Jesus was speaking about an actual cup?
Jesus was asking if His Father, was willing to take this cup of His impending death away from Him, or if He had to die.
Then Jesus prayed, “yet not my will, but yours be done.”
                What do you think willing means?
                                Let’s see, if I had a pizza here, who would eat it for me?
                                                So you are willing to eat the pizza.
                                Who will go to the library with me?
                                                Most of you would be willing to go to the library.
                If you tell someone you are willing to do something, you follow through with it.  Sort of like a
promise.  It can work the other way also.
                Like, who is willing to scrub the toilets for me?
                                Not many of you are willing to scrub the toilets are you!
                How about the impossible!  Who will die for me?
                                It is hard to tell someone that you would die for them, isn’t it? 
Jesus said, “yet not my will, but yours be done.”  Jesus chose to do God’s will.  He went to the cross willingly.  He chose to lay down His life for so that we would someday live forever in Heaven with God our Father and Jesus.

After He was done praying for the last time, He went back to the rest of the disciples who had fallen asleep.  He woke them.  All of the sudden, torches lit the garden.  Loud shouts of angry soldiers were approaching.  There was Judas.  He came up to Jesus and kissed Him.  That was his signal to the soldiers which one Jesus was.  They took Jesus away without a fight.  He had already knew that they would be coming.  He didn’t run from them.  He knew His sentence was death, and He was going to obey God and wash our sins away. 
Wow!  How many people think they could do that?
What if God told you to do it, do you think you could do it then?
                This is also another instance of how we can put others needs before our own.  Jesus put
                Our needs before His own.  He died on the cross so that we sinners who accept Him,
                Would live forever in Heaven with Jesus and God the Father!  How awesome is that!! 


The craft is a flower.  The page you will need is attached in my notes.


I am going to have the kids go outside and find a rock for them to each have their own prayer rock also!

In lieu of a game, the kids are going to be helping me get the downstairs set up for a funeral and meal that we will be doing at our church on Friday.

Blessings!


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