Sunday, April 22, 2012

Jesus Goes Up to Heaven

1. Story (based on Luke 24:44-53)
  •  Last week we learnt about how Jesus appeared his disciples. What was the name of the disciple who wanted proof that Jesus was alive? (Thomas) And who did Jesus say was more blessed because they believed without seeing? (All of us)
  • Over the next 40 days, Jesus met and talked with His disciples and explained many things to them.
  • He explained to them about what all the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms were talking about — they were talking about Jesus. Everything that happened to Him — His life, His death and His resurrection — had already been planned by God from the beginning of time.

Jesus appears to His disciples

1. Story (based on Luke 24:36-53; John 20:24-29)

  • Last week we learnt about how Jesus appeared to some of His disciples. How many? (2) What was the name of one of them? (Cleopas). Where were they walking to? (Emmaus)
  • After the two disciples recognized Jesus, they quickly ran all the way back to Jerusalem to tell the others that they had seen Jesus.
  • The other disciples were also excited … Jesus had appeared to Simon Peter. As they were talking, suddenly, guess who appeared before them? Jesus!
  • The disciples were startled and afraid. They thought He was a ghost!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Walk to Emmaus

1. Story (based on Luke 24:13-35)

  • Last week, we heard of how Mary and Peter and John went to Jesus’ tomb and saw that it was empty!
  • That same day, two other disciples — Cleopas and his friend — were walking to a village called Emmaus, about 7 miles from Jerusalem.
  • How do you think they were feeling? Yes, they were feeling sad! They were feeling dejected. Disappointed. Defeated.
  • Their friend Jesus had died. Their hopes and dreams for a superhero savior had been dashed. And now, they have heard that Jesus’ tomb was empty!
  • As they walked and talked to each other, suddenly Jesus came by and walked together with them. But somehow, they were not able to recognize him.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Empty Tomb

Lesson: The Empty Tomb

1. Story (based on Luke 24:1-12, John 20:1-18)
  • Good morning, boys and girls! (Good morning!) 
  • Do you like mystery stories?
  • Today we are going to hear about the most exciting mystery story every told. I call it, "The Case of the Empty Tomb." 
  • This is a story about what happened after Jesus died on the cross.  Jesus died on a Friday.  It was a very sad day.  It was sad because Jesus’ friends didn’t know what was going to happen.  They didn’t understand why Jesus had to die.
  • Late on that Friday afternoon, Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross.  It was wrapped in long strips of cloth.  And it was buried in a rich man’s tomb.  A large stone was rolled over the entrance to the tomb, and soldiers were standing outside to make sure that nothing happened to Jesus’ body.  Jesus was dead.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Jesus and Barrabas

Lesson: Jesus exchanged His life for me to set me FREE!
1. Lesson (based on Luke 23:13-25adapted from: He died for me)
  • Last week, Jesus was on trial before the elders, Pilate and Herod.
  • All of them could find nothing wrong with Jesus. He was blameless and sinless.
  • Today we will look at a man named Barabbas. Let me describe Barabbas' room: hard bed; dark, dingy walls; window (draw bars). Where was Barabbas?
  • That's right! He was in Jail! He deserved to be in jail. He was a thief and a murderer. The law at that time said that the punishment for murder was death. Did Barabbas deserve to die according to the law at that time? Yes, he did.