April 2: Get Ready for Easter

Series Verse:

"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said."   Matthew 28:6 NASB                   

Point of the Lesson: 

Each child will understand that Jesus was more than just a man, a teacher, a historical figure.  Jesus was the messiah, the son of God.

Power of God's Word: 

“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”   Matthew 16:16 NIRV

Prayer of Each Child:

Dear Jesus, I believe with all my heart that you are the son of God.

Lesson in One Word:

Understanding

THE STORY

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

Matthew Chapter 16:13-20

What's the Key?

The key to today’s lesson is understanding.  Jesus ask the disciples a very important question.  Jesus wanted to know if the disciples really understood who he was.  Peter responded by stating that Jesus was the Messiah, the son of God.  In that moment Peter and all of the disciples understood the truth of who Jesus was and is.  For us to understand we must ask questions and seek answers.  Only then can we truly understand.

What's That To Me?

If you only ask questions you already know the answers to, you don't learn or grow. And that means you’re not exploring and probably not really thinking.  In today’s story, Jesus asks a couple of really big question.  First, he asks who do people say He is and then he asks the disciples who do they think he is?  The answer to the question changed everything for the disciples.  From that moment forward the disciples knew their lives would never be the same.  They were following the son of God.  So what’s that to me and what’s that to you?  Jesus wants us to understand who he is.  That means we come to the place in our lives that we know that Jesus is the true son of God and we believe in him with all our hearts.

How Should I Be?

When we answer the big question of the day and recognize the truth that Jesus is the son of God and believe in Jesus our lives are different.  We have become followers of Jesus.  We treat others the way Jesus treated people with love and forgiveness. How should I be and how should you be this week?  Be like Jesus in everything we do and say.

PRACTICE POINT

Answer the question and you will understand. Jesus is Lord the son of god and man.