Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Widow's Gift

Lesson: Jesus gave us His all

1. Story

  • Talk about Jesus and the Widow’s offering, based on Luke 21:1-4 (you can choose to act it out)
  • Jesus sees the heart
    • Jesus saw the gifts people were bringing into the temple. Some brought in huge bags. But others, like this woman, only had two small copper coins.
    • Even though the value of the money was insignificant, but that was all the widow had, and she gave it.
    • To Jesus, that two small coins given from the heart was worth more than the huge amounts put in by the rich people.
    • So whatever gift you want to give to God, give it cheerfully, from the heart — even though the amount may be small.

2. Lesson
  • Jesus gave His all
    • Jesus was God’s only begotten Son. And God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son — His all — so that we can have eternal life (John 3:16).
    • When Jesus left heaven, He left everything just so He can come down to earth to die for us and give His life for us.
    • If God had given us His Son, how would He not give us everything else? (Rom 8:32)
  • We can receive all that Jesus has given to us
    • Like the widow, we are actually poor. We don’t have anything worth very much. Our lives, our good works, our offerings are like two dirty, copper coins.
    • But we can give this life to Jesus, we tell Him, “Lord, take my life. It’s not worth very much, but I give it to you.”
    • Jesus came to earth, left His riches and glory, to take on our poverty and pain. So that we can receive His riches and glory.
    • And when we give Jesus this life, we are actually exchanging it for His divine life, which is full and abundant.

  • Memory Verse: 2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

3. Activity Suggestion
  • Memory Verse Review:
    • Use an activity or game to help the kids remember the Memory Verse
    • Some ideas here and here

  • Worksheets
    • Crossword
    • Wordsearch
4. Closing Prayer:
  • Thank you Jesus that You left all You had to come to die for us so that we may live your abundant life. All we have to give you is our life — like the two simple copper coins. Please take it and exchange it for your Divine Life, that Jesus can live in us and through us forever. In your name I pray, Amen!

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