The Character of Easter - The Crowd

Last Sunday Discovery Point: 
The Character of Easter - The Crowd
Before Jesus was crucified, He encountered crowds with drastically different responses to His position as God’s Son. Even though Jesus taught with Godly authority and had performed many miracles and healings, the people He encountered constantly changed their opinions of Him. Today’s “Character(s) of Easter” are the people who were easily swayed by the jealous, Jewish leaders: the crowds who witnessed Jesus’ final entrance into Jerusalem and ultimately sent Him to the cross. We learned to think about our motives when we respond to others. Because of peer pressure, instead of actual guilt, Jesus was crucified. However, God allowed these things to happen because He knew it would lead to Jesus’ resurrection (and victory over sin and death). Scriptures used: John 12:12-19 and Matthew 27:11-26 

Memory Verse:

“Jesus is ‘the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.’ Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12 NIV

Suggested Parent/Child Activity:

Gather items such as party noisemakers, whistles, and balloons. Ask your child to come up with some events these items typically represent, such as birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations. Explain that when Jesus came to Jerusalem the crowd’s waving palm branches were used like these modern-day items to celebrate His arrival. Then hold out three nails and ask your child to think about how the crowd went from celebrating Jesus to executing Him. Reverently remind him or her that always following our friends’ decisions (“the crowd”) is an unwise way to live. Rather, we should take the time to think about how God wants us to respond to each situation.


Daily Prayer:

Thank You, God, for teaching us to think about how our actions affect others. Because You are all-powerful, we trust that Your plan is perfect even though we sin against You. Thank You for loving us and sending Jesus to die for our sins. Amen.

Reminders:

Coming Sunday Discovery Point: The Characters of Easter - The Disciples
Coming Sunday Chairperson: Aiden
Coming Sunday Power point manager: Isaac

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