Hello to everyone participating in our Learning Together story this month! This is the third and final online lesson for March based on “The Servant King” found on pages 286-293 in The Jesus Storybook Bible. The Biblical references are located in Mark 14 and John 13-14.
Children: If you recall, Jesus and his helpers were having the Passover meal together in an upstairs room. He had washed everyone’s feet to show how much he loved all his friends, and now, while sharing this meal, Jesus told them about God’s plan for rescuing the whole world and how Jesus himself will die instead of anyone else.
Jesus’s helpers were very upset to hear this, and to make them feel better, Jesus gave them, and us, a way to remember Him. He said that His body was like a piece of bread that will break, and the cup of wine is like His blood that will pour out. We remember Jesus’s rescue when we eat the bread and drink the wine during our communion, an act of sharing.
One last thought … Judas, a traitor friend! What was his terrible plan?
Adults: Was Judas forgiven for his betrayal? According to Billy Graham and other scholars, Judas was not forgiven for his betrayal of Jesus, and one reason is because he could not bring himself to repent of the sin he had committed. There's a difference between feeling sorry over something we have done, and actually repenting of it. Judas knew he had done wrong, and when the full force of his terrible act hit him, the Bible says "he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins" to those who had paid him (Matthew 27:3). Although he admitted he had sinned, it was too late, and the Bible says he went out and killed himself.
Feel free to blog any questions, comments, or thoughts below.
Next week we will meet for our fourth Sunday in-person gathering after church in the Fellowship Hall to discuss the March story and do a fun craft. Hope to see you!
This week’s prayer: Lord, as we take this bread, we remember that You are the bread of life. You feed our souls and nourish our hearts. Amen
Have a good week, everyone!
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