Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Big Picture: Prophecies about Jesus

1. HOOK: Guess the picture
  • Show a picture bit by bit until it’s fully revealed. Get kids to guess what it is as soon as they can. 
  • Can use this Kids Countdown or create your own pictures.

    • Wasn’t guessing the pictures fun? Sometimes we see only a small part, and we don’t know what it is until all the many parts come together to form a big picture.
    • That’s what God did for us. He had a plan from the beginning of time, and through thousands of years, He revealed bits of the puzzle, little by little, through His prophets.
    • What was this big picture? That Jesus will come to save the world from sin. 
    • There were more than 300 clues/prophecies about Jesus recorded in the Bible. We’ll look at some of them in the next few weeks. One of the earliest prophecies about Jesus was revealed early on, way back in the Garden of Eden.
    • You see, back in the Garden of Eden, we were all in trouble. God told the first man Adam and the first woman Eve not to eat from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
    • But the snake (the devil) tempted them and lied to them, telling Adam and Eve that they can be like God if they ate the fruit.
    • So Adam and Eve believed the snake. They disobeyed God and ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. When they did that, they sinned. And the punishment for sin is death!
    • Because of one man, Adam, sin entered the world, and everyone after that (including you and me) were separated from God. That means ALL of us would have to die because of sin — the wrong that we do! 
    • “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” (Romans 5:12) 
    • That’s a BIG problem.

    • Thankfully, God loved us soooo much that He already had a BIG solution to our BIG problem — Jesus would come to earth to die, so that you and I can live in Him.
    • Prophecy #1: Jesus will defeat Satan

      • Even in the Garden of Eden, God told the snake (devil) that one day, one of Eve’s descendants will destroy Him.
      • Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” 
      • Adam and Eve didn’t understand it then. But one day, Eve’s great, great, great, great …. great grandson would be born as a little, helpless baby. 
      • He would grow up and do many wonderful miracles. 
      • But when he was 33 years old, he would die. On the cross. Not because he did anything wrong. But he would allow Himself to suffer and die on the cross and take all the punishment for our sin — from Adam until the end of time.
      • That little boy, Eve’s great, great, great, great …. great grandson, was Jesus.
      • Satan thought he had power over all of us because of sin. But on the cross, Jesus defeated Satan and paid for all our sin, so Satan had no more power over us. Game over!
      • Because of Adam, sin entered the world and we had to die. 
      • Because of Jesus, we can have His righteousness. We can live in Him, and He in us! 
      • “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19)
      • Memory Verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
  • Today, any of us who believes in Jesus will not die but have eternal life. If you would like to accept Jesus, you can accept Him today. If you have already accepted Jesus, you can thank Him for coming to die for you and give you eternal life!

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