The Greatest Sacrifice

The Greatest Sacrifice

 (Bible Overview #47 of 54)

One Main Truth:  Jesus freely paid the penalty for your sins and freely offers you grace.

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1 GAME: Race Arounds

Game / Bible / Life Connection In the Game the Coach Paid Our Penalty / In the Bible Jesus Paid Our Penalty / In your Life Jesus Paid Your Penalty

  1. Divide players into multiple teams.  
    2. Have the players form a large circle where players can’t touch hands even with arms outstretched.
    3. Have one player at a time run all the way around the circle. They should tag the next player in line who will then run all the way around the circle.
    4. Have the coach time the players.
    5. When all the players finish, tell the players their time. Next, tell the players that they must cut their time in half or they will have to run 10 extra laps.
    6. Play the next round. When the players don’t beat the time, have the coach volunteer to run the laps.
    7. As the coach runs the laps, have the players count each lap.
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2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Romans 4

 Game / Bible / Life Connection:     In the Game the Coach Paid Our Penalty / In the Bible Jesus Paid Our Penalty / In your Life Jesus Paid Your Penalty

Classroom Punishment: Class 9 was the naughtiest class in school. The Principal had decided that the Class Captain Tanray, who was a good leader and was popular, would be punished for the wrongdoings of all the children. When Ashray did not complete his homework, Tanray was called by the Principal. He returned rubbing his fingers saying he had to write Ashray’s homework fifty times! When Preetha was talking too much, Tanay said he had to do one hundred sit-ups in the Principal’s office. And when Prakash stole a classmate’s fountain pen, Tanay who was again sent to the Principal, returned looking terribly sad. This time he had been beaten on his palm with a wooden ruler! Some children thought they saw blood on his palms! Everyone was shocked with the punishments! How could the Principal be so cruel? None of the children were ever punished so badly.  Wasn’t corporal punishment in Schools against the law? But, the punishments continued, and with each punishment Ashray came back looking sadder and more beaten. Soon the children began to feel terrible for causing this pain to Tanay. By the end of the week, when he had taken a punishment for everyone in class,
the children wanted to protest.

School Assembly: The Principal asked the children of Class 9 if they felt bad that only one child was being punished for all their wrong doings. They hung their heads in shame and said, “Yes, Sir.” Then, the Principal revealed to the children that this was an experiment, and that Tanay had volunteered for it, to teach the class to be aware that their bad behavior can affect someone else’s life! The children understood and apologized; some even cried. Tanay smiled and confessed that every time he was called to
the Principal’s office, he was given a book to read.  Bunty said to Tanay, “I saw blood on your palm the day I stole the pen.” Smiling, Tanay confessed that it was only red paint. Then, everyone lifted him on their shoulders and went all around the School, cheering his name.

Jesus’ Punishment: Just like Tanay, Jesus took the punishment for each of our sins! But, Jesus’ punishments were real! Is that fair? Jesus was betrayed by Judas Iscariot who was one of His disciples. Governor Pilate passed the order to crucify Jesus. The roman soldiers stripped Jesus, spat on Him, flogged Him, and tortured Him on the cross of
Calvary. After many hours He said; “It is finished” and he gave up his spirit. Jesus died for each of us sinners!

He is Risen: When the roman soldiers confirmed Jesus’ death, Joseph of Arimathea took Jesus’ body and lay it in a new tomb. On the third day at dawn, Mary Magdalene, Jesus’ mother Mary, and others went to the tomb but they found it empty! An angel appeared and said, “Jesus is not here, He has risen. Go tell his disciples.” They told everyone that Jesus has risen! Later, Jesus met his disciples and told them to go to every part of the earth and share the good news of the risen Lord. For one last time Jesus appeared before many people on Mt. Olive. He said he is going to prepare a place for those who believe in Him, and He will come back again to take them there. From
here Jesus ascended to Heaven.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS

  Game / Bible / Life Connection:     In the Game the Coach Paid Our Penalty / In the Bible Jesus Paid Our Penalty / In your Life Jesus Paid Your Penalty

Memory Verse:  “He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.”  Romans 4:25

Leader, ask God to connect to the children’s minds, the children’s hearts, and in the prayer to connect to the children’s soul.

1. Game 
What happened in the game in the first round?
What was the penalty if you did not cut your time in half?
Were you able to cut your time in half?
What did coach do for you?
Why would coach do that?

2. Bible
What punishment comes from sin? (death penalty)
Did Jesus sin? (NO!)
Why did Jesus die on the cross? (for OUR penalty)
Why would Jesus do that?

3. Life
Repeat after me: “God, thank you for sending Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. Jesus please forgive me. Jesus be my Savior [Salvation Prayer] *pause*. Jesus please give me courage to obey and share this truth.”

4. Worship Song
Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with hand-motions
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5. Reinforcement 
Use local resources and common objects.
(Optional)
Make an empty tomb out of craft paper. Display it in class. Write “He is Risen” or “He is Alive”.

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