Why was it necessary for Christ, the Redeemer, to die?
Christ died willingly in our place to deliver us from the power and penalty of sin and bring us back to God.
“And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, He has now reconciled in His body of flesh by His death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before Him.” – Colossians 1: 21-22
Help children understand that the only way we can be reconciled to God is through the substitutionary death of Jesus.
Outline for lesson
- Open in prayer: Lord thank you for Your mercy. Give us understanding of the cost of our sin. Cause us to have love for You as we learn more about Your death on the cross.
- Review Activity: Write questions 1 – 23 on individual index cards. Put them on the table. They do not need to be in order. Write the answers on individual cards also. Hand out answers, one answer at a time. Have everyone in the family discuss where it belongs and match it up with its question. After last answer is placed on the last question they may move them around if they think it is on the wrong questions. Check the Q & A’s to see if they are correct answers and questions.
- Activity: Print out Q24 One Way Maze. Give each child a pencil. Time them 2 or 3 minutes to start and end the maze. Once finished tell them there is only one way in the maze, like there is only one way to be redeemed and one way to return to a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. This lesson will help us understand why Jesus’s life and death is the only way for us to be made right before God.
- Read: Colossians 1:15-23. Focus on: Paul is writing to the Colossians Christians in Colossae. He wants them to understand the supremacy of Jesus Christ. V19, Jesus is fully God. Through Jesus all things would be reconciled to God. God was pleased that Jesus would be the Redeemer. The redemption offered by Jesus is the only way out. There is no other way for humans to become friends again with God. V.20, Jesus achieved peace between humans and God through shedding His blood on the cross. God restored our relationship between Himself and humanity. It was necessary that Jesus died on the cross. Why? Paul says we were all enemies of God, and we have broken His laws. We deserve God’s judgment and punishment. But Christians, those who believe and put their trust in Jesus’s redemption, do not have to fear God’s punishment. Jesus has freed us from sin and death. How? He took all of our sins and stood in our place for all of them. He took all of our punishment and judgement that we deserved. He suffered death on a cross for the punishment of our sins. He died on a cross to pay the price to redeem us so we could live life in a relationship with God. Sin is serious, and the cost is serious. God takes sin seriously and deals with it seriously.God demands a perfect sin offering to be sacrificed in order for the punishment to be satisfied, Jesus was the only One who was sinless. Therefore He was the only one that could redeem us.
- Recite: Start memorizing Q & A 24 and Colossians 1: 21-22.