Key Passage: Luke 24:46 “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day”

Big Picture Question: What did Jesus do for sinners? Jesus died on the cross and is alive

Christ Connection: The most important thing that ever happened is that Jesus died and was raised from the dead. Jesus never did anything wrong, but He took our punishment because we sinned. God forgives us for sin because Jesus died for us. God raised Jesus from the dead to be King over everything.

Dear Parents,

Jesus is alive! Thank you for entrusting your child to us throughout this year. We celebrate with you and your family the joy of Easter. This week’s story in The Gospel Project for Kids® was all about Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection three days later.

Why did Jesus have to die? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive without receiving a payment would be unjust. The wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) Jesus came to earth was to save us from our sin (Matt. 1:21), to show God’s
love to us (Rom. 5:7-8), and to give those who believe in Him eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus came to die so that
we would be forgiven (Eph. 1:7), and to bring us to God (1 Pet. 3:18).

Jesus’ resurrection proved that God accepted Jesus’ death as payment for our sins. Jesus’ crucifixion and
resurrection are not the end of the story, but the climax. Pray with your family, thanking God for sending His
Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.

Family Activity: Look at a cross on a necklace or other item found in your home. Ask kids to tell you in their own words why the cross is used as a decoration today. Remind kids tat the cross is a reminder of what Jesus did for us y dying on the cross and rising again three days later. Review Matthew 26:36-28:10. We deserve to die for our sin, but Jesus died in our place so that our sins might be forgiven, and we may have new life through His power to conquer sin and death.

Key Passage: Luke 24:46 “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day”

Big Picture Question: How did people act when they saw Jesus? People welcomed Jesus as their King.

Christ Connection: The people were happy to see Jesus. They knew He was their King. Jesus came riding on a donkey, just as the prophet Zechariah said He would (Zechariah 9:9).

Dear Parents,

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project for Kids®. We’d like to take a break from the chronological study of the Bible and invite boys and girls into the stories of Easter. Today’s Bible story describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem during Passover week, riding on a donkey like the prophet Zechariah foretold. (Zech. 9:9) The people welcoming Jesus with palm branches believed He would overthrow Roman oppression and be an earthly king. Jesus sent a different message when He arrived in Jerusalem.

Jesus entered the temple complex. He turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves.
Jesus said the temple was supposed to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:6-7), declaring His
kingship would be over all people, not just the Jews. Jesus healed the blind and the lame. Jesus wasn’t just an
earthly king; He was God! (Isa. 35:4-6)

Help kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. How did the
people act when they saw Jesus? The people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. Celebrate why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!

Family Activity: Conduct a parade through your home. Allow one child to march around while other family members wave their arms and show excitement as he marches by. Read Luke 19:28-44 and remind kids that people welcomed Jesus into Jerusalem as King! Talk about ways that others can see Jesus is the King in your life.

Key Passage: Genesis 28:15 “Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”

Big Picture Question: What can stop God’s plans? Nothing can stop God’s plans.

Christ Connection: Jacob is a perfect example of why a Savior was needed. Like Jacob, we seek a birthright and blessing that is not ours, but we cannot lie, deceive, or trick to receive it. Instead Jesus shared his birthright and blessing with us when He paid for our sins on the cross and gave us His righteousness.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

The Gospel Project for Kids continued its journey through God’s story by learning about a little sibling rivalry. Any child with a sibling can attest to the struggles that sometimes plague this special relationship. Jacob and Esau were no different. Jacob’s name means “heel grabber,” an apt description of who and what he was.

Esau despised his birthright in favor of some tasty stew that Jacob was making. The birthright was an important right in Hebrew culture, and for Esau to look on it with disdain was contrary to all that it was designed to do. Jacob took advantage of his brother and secured for himself a better familial position.

Jacob is a perfect example of why people need a Savior. He tricked his father into blessing him instead of his brother. Jacob lied and was a devious manipulator to gain something that wasn’t rightfully his. Like Jacob, we seek a birthright and a blessing that don’t belong to us, but we can’t lie, cheat, or deceive in order to gain it. Instead, Jesus shared His birthright and blessing with us when He paid for our sins on the cross and gave us His righteousness.

Family Activity: Talk about a time when it was hard to trust that God was working out His perfect plan.

Key Passage: Genesis 28:15 “Look, I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go.”

Big Picture Question: How did people know God’s plan? God told people His plan.

Christ Connection: God’s wonderful plan to Abraham extended well beyond his lifetime. The plan was shared with Rebekah, Isaac, Jacob, and eventually an entire nation leading to the birth of a baby boy named Jesus. Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to provide salvation and redemption for all of God’s people.

Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s),

In the next installment of God’s story, we will learn that God’s plan that began with Abraham extended far beyond his lifetime. When Isaac grew up, he started a family of his own. Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, had twin boys, Jacob and Esau.

Today’s story is about the promise God gave Abraham. Abraham passed the knowledge of the promise to Isaac, who told the promise to his son, Jacob. In order to reaffirm the promise, God gave the promise to both Isaac and Jacob.

God’s plan didn’t stop with the promise He gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The promise was extended to Jacob’s descendants—and ultimately to an entire nation—leading to the birth of a baby boy named Jesus. Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to provide salvation and redemption for all of God’s people.

Family Activity: Use some free, online genealogy tools to search for family ancestors. Draw a family tree and explain the concept of descendants.