SojournKids

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection

Josh RobertsComment

READ Matthew 26:36–28:10

Dear Parents,

God’s law for the people was plain. Read Deuteronomy 6:5. But God’s people, and all people, have broken the law. We have loved other things more than we love God. That is sin.

Jesus’ purpose for coming to earth was to save us from our sin. (Matt. 1:21) Why did Jesus have to die? Why couldn’t He just say, “You are forgiven”? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive sin without requiring a payment would be unjust. According to God’s Word, the payment of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) But not only is God just, He is also loving. That is why Jesus was willing to die in our place.

Jesus came to live and die to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8) so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16) Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven. (Eph. 1:7) Jesus came to die to bring us to God. (1 Pet. 3:18)

Jesus died on the cross to satisfy the wrath of God toward sin. Jesus’ resurrection proved that God was satisfied with Jesus’ sacrifice, and forgiveness and life are found in Him. (See 1 Cor. 15:17.) If Jesus had died but not been raised up, He would have been like military leaders who died without a throne. (Acts 5:33-37) But Jesus conquered death, just as He said He would. (John 2:19-21)

Jesus’ resurrection gives us hope for our resurrection. (Rom. 6:5) And Romans 8:11 says that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead will raise our bodies to life.

Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the center of it.

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus is the center of the gospel. We deserve to die because of our sin, but Jesus died in our place. He was the blood sacrifice made once and for all for the forgiveness of sin. God was pleased with Jesus’ sacrifice and raised Jesus from the dead to reign as King over all creation. We are forgiven only through Jesus. (Acts 4:12)

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.

Memory Verse: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 20 - Session 2

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus' Triumphal Entry

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem was a week before Jesus would be crucified on the celebration of the Passover. We, the church, remember this week as the beginning of Holy Week, or the week before Easter, and it is also the last week of Lent, which is a season of preparing our hearts for Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

Opening/Ice Breaker: What is a king? (He is a ruler over a certain people.) Do we have a king in America? (No.) This week we learned that when Jesus entered Jerusalem, the people praised him and welcomed him as their King.

Read Mark 11:1-11

Questions/Apply it:

  • What did Jesus ride on when he entered Jerusalem? (A colt, or a donkey.)
  • What did the people do when they saw Jesus? (They put tree branches and coats on the ground before him. People did that for kings and queens. So when the people put the branches and coats on the ground, they were showing that Jesus is King, and they even shouted praise to Jesus as the promised King from God.
  • Jesus is King, but what does that mean for us? It means that no one is to be more important in our lives than Jesus, and that we should obey all his commands. The most important command is to love God and love others.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.

Memory Verse: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 20 - Session 1

Easter Music for Sojourn Kids

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

At Sojourn we want to partner with you as you disciple your children at home during the week.  Below are the memory verse, catechism and songs your children will learn in assembly this month.  We'd love for you to use these in your family devotionals to reinforce what the children are learning on Sunday.  Enjoy worshiping our great Savior with your family!

Who saves us from our sin? Only Jesus saves us from our sin.

Romans 10:9  If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Songs we're singing:

What Makes Jesus Different available through the Gospel Project app

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus was Baptized

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.

Background: After Jesus had grown up, he left Nazareth and traveled south to the Jordan River to be baptized. God had prophesied in Isaiah that a voice in the desert would call people to prepare for the way of the Lord, and that was voice was John the Baptist. He was preaching and baptizing people from all around Jerusalem and Judea. When Jesus came to the Jordan River, he came to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15). Jesus was sinless, but the Messiah needed to fulfill the righteous requirements of every sinful person. We know that Jesus took on our sins on the cross, but in order for us to receive his righteousness, Jesus needed to take our place in all righteousness before he took on our sins, and that means including being baptized.

Opening/Ice Breaker: What does it mean to obey? How did it make you feel? (Do what someone says) Do you remember a time when you obeyed us? Well this week we learned about a time when Jesus obeyed God by being baptized.

Read Matthew 3:13-17

Questions/Apply it:

  • Why did Jesus need to be baptized? (To fulfill all righteousness. If Jesus was to take our place on the cross for our sins so that we can be made right before God, he had to fulfill all of God’s commands.
  • Who baptized Jesus?
  • What happened after Jesus was baptized? (A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.)

Because Jesus fulfilled all of God’s commands, he was the perfect substitute for our place on the cross, and now for those who believe in Jesus, we are now called sons and daughters of God! What an amazing thought to be loved by our heavenly Father!

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 5

This Week in SojournKids: Jesus at the Temple

Josh RobertsComment

Parents,

We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids and also to consider these truths for your own life.

Background: After the shepherds and wise men had worshiped Jesus as a child, Joseph took Mary and Jesus to Egypt to avoid Herod’s evil plan to kill Jesus. Once Herod died, God told them to go back to Nazareth. Now this week’s lesson begins when Jesus was about 12 years old. Joseph, Mary, and Jesus (along with every other Jew) traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate the Feast of the Passover, which was to tell/remind everyone of God’s saving power when He rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt.

Opening/Ice Breaker: Do you remember a time when you hid from us? Why did you hide? As a parent, share with your children about a time when you couldn’t find them (even if just for a minute), and share with them how worried you were. Well in this week’s lesson, Mary and Joseph felt what it was like to not know where Jesus was.

Tell the Story: So every year, all the Jews traveled to Jerusalem to practice and celebrate the Passover, and they usually traveled together in large groups. So when it was time to head back home to Nazareth, Joseph and Mary left with the rest of the Jews, but Jesus as a 12 year old boy stayed in Jerusalem. His parents did not think much about him at first because the group of people was pretty large, but after the first day they became worried. Joseph and Mary couldn’t find Jesus! So they returned to Jerusalem to look for Jesus and after three days they found him in the Temple sitting with the teachers listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Jesus was amazed at his understanding and his answers as a 12 year old. When Mary saw him, she asked him why he made her worry so much about where he was. And Jesus responded, “Did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?” Joseph and Mary did not know what he was saying, but Jesus was referring to God as his Father. Then Jesus returned home with his parents and he grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

Questions/Apply it:

  • Why did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus travel to Jerusalem? (To celebrate the Passover.)
  • How did Mary and Joseph respond to Jesus when they found him after three days?
  • When Jesus said, “Did you not know that I would be in my Father’s house?” what did he mean? Who was his Father?
  • At the end it says Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature. What does that mean? As a parent how can you help your children to grow in wisdom and in stature?

As parents we are concerned about our children’s safety, but we must trust God to protect them as well, and we need to realize the importance of leading them to a relationship with Jesus.

REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.

Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.

Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15

Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 4