VBS-at-Home Day 4

 

Jesus’ power lets us live forever.

Trust Jesus!
 
“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” Romans 8:11

Read Matthew 26:17–28:10

The Passover meal shared between Jesus and his disciples commemorated God’s miraculous provision for his people centuries earlier. In this traditional celebration, Jews remembered the sacrificial lamb, whose blood (marked on their doorposts in Egypt) saved them. How appropriate that Jesus—our sacrificial lamb—completes his work on earth with such a symbolic event.

In Jesus’ culture—and in some Middle Eastern cultures today—eating together equaled friendship. Scholars equate sharing a meal with trust and intimacy, adding weight to Jesus’ comment to Judas: “One of you who has just eaten from this bowl with me will betray me”(Matthew 26:23).

The Roman government had deprived the Sanhedrin of the right to carry out most capital punishments. Therefore, even though the chief priests and elders found Jesus guilty, they had to turn him over to Pilate for execution.

At Jesus’ death, Matthew 27:51 records that “the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.” There were actually two curtains in the Temple. One divided the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place; the other separated the Holy Place from the court. Matthew doesn’t specify which curtain tore, but a rending of either one would symbolize changes between God, ritual law, and humanity.

Even Jesus’ followers found his resurrection hard to believe! Matthew 28:17 tells us, “but some of them doubted!” Yet Jesus eased their doubts by appearing to them repeatedly over 40 days (Acts 1:3; 10:40-41).

If you traveled on a train, your trip would have a beginning and an end. Life is like that, too. We all begin when we’re born, and our lives end when we die. When we think about the end of life, it can make us feel really sad.

But Jesus’ power is amazing! With Jesus’ power, we can have a life that goes on and on and on! Jesus’ power lets us live forever! Our life on this earth will end, but because of Jesus, we can have the power to live with him forever.

To make that happen, Jesus had to give up his own life by dying on a cross. Let’s sing about that cross and what it means to us.

 

It’s time to add Finn, the finn-tastic fish, to the Bible Buddy bunch.

To rainbow trout like Finn, and many others in his big fish family, home is very important. Did you know many of them will return to the exact spot they were born toward the end of their lives? Jesus made a way for you to share a forever home with him, and Finn’s heart for home will help everyone remember that Jesus’ power lets us live forever with Him.

We’ve been exploring trips and trains with tons of fun on the Rocky Railway. All train journeys have a beginning and an end. Passengers get on the train, the conductor shouts “All aboard!” and their journey begins. Trains make stops along the way so passengers can go sightseeing and do fun things. Eventually the train reaches the end of the journey. 

Our life journey is a lot like a train journey. Every life has a beginning and an end. Jesus died on the cross for you and me. Jesus’ power over death lets us live forever with him. The Bible says, “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.” 

Let’s see how Cam’s train ran out of fuel, and discover that our lives can be “powered up” forever because of Jesus.

 

Today you’ll meet a boy named Isaac, who had a sad thing happen in his family. Isaac’s brother, Joel, died from a disease called cancer. Joel was a friend of Jesus. Isaac and his family are glad to know that now Joel’s in a wonderful place called heaven, to live forever with Jesus!

Watch and see how Isaac is excited to see his brother in heaven someday. 

What does the word forever mean to you?  

What do you think heaven will be like? 

Today’s gizmo is called a Perpetual Paper. The word perpetual means never-ending—something that goes on and on without end. And these Perpetual Papers can remind us of our never-ending story with Jesus!

Each page of your Perpetual Paper has something for you to do, and as you open each surprising page, you’ll see that your story with Jesus just keeps going on and on and on.

No matter which page you open, you can remember Jesus’ power! And you can use my Perpetual Paper to tell my friends and family that Jesus’ love is perpetual—it never ends!