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Sunday, October 15th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 24, Session 4: Jesus Raised Lazarus ( John 11:1-7, 17-44)

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: Psalm 103:2-3 Praise the Lord, my soul, … who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: What did Jesus heal people from? Jesus healed people from sickness, sin, and death.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS:

  • Jesus healed people. <-- Main Points for Babies & Toddlers
  • Martha said Jesus is the Messiah.
  • Jesus made Lazarus alive again. <-- Main Point for Preschool & Pre-K
  • Believers will live with Jesus forever.

BIBLE STORY DETAILS: Jesus received word that His friend Lazarus was sick. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha. They lived in the town of Bethany, which was about two miles away from Jerusalem. Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus, likely expecting Him to come right away.

 Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus; yet He stayed where He was, and Lazarus died. Why would Jesus do such a thing? Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was “for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). He said that He was glad He wasn’t there when Lazarus died so that the disciples may believe. (John 11:15) Jesus’ timing is always perfect, and He acts or doesn’t act so that God will be glorified.

 By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Martha went to meet Jesus. She said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” Jesus had shown His power to heal people who were sick. Even still, she believed He could do a miracle.

 Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus is the source of life—eternal life that cannot be destroyed by death. Believers do not need to fear death because physical death is not the end. (See John 11:25-26.) Jesus endured death for us so that when we die and are absent from our physical bodies, our souls are with the Lord. (See 2 Cor. 5:8.)

 Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. His messiahship was clearly on display, and it was Jesus’ claims to be the Son of God that would lead to His death on the cross. Jesus interrupted Lazarus’s funeral knowing His would soon follow.

CHRIST CONNECTION: When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.

 ACTIVITY IDEA: Lazarus Cup Game

  • Start with the Lazarus Cup Game. Your child should have brought home a set of cups with lids & a little wooden Lazarus. Have your child put “Lazarus” inside one cup. Cover all the cups with the paper rocks then mix them up. Have your child guess which cup Lazarus is in by saying, “Lazarus come out!” and look under the lid of one of the cups. Repeat a few times.
  • Read the story of Lazarus from the Story Details Above or from a children’s Bible. Then, discuss the Christ Connection with your child & ask them the Big Picture Question. If your child is too young to respond to the Big Picture Question, have them repeat the answer with you a few times.
  • End by stating the Key Passage (Psalm 103:2-3) together a few times.

NEXT WEEK: “Jesus Was Anointed” (Matthew 26:6-13; John 12:1-8)

Sunday, October 8 in Elementary KidzTown

Key Passage: Matthew 13:11 (K-2nd grade) or Matthew 13:10-11 (3rd-5th grade)

Big Picture Question: What happens when we die? Those who trust in Jesus will be with God forever. Those who reject Him will suffer without God forever.

Christ Connection: Those who receive salvation from Jesus have changed hearts; they treasure Jesus above any earthly treasure. Getting into heaven has nothing to do with who you know, what you wear, or what you do. Entering into heaven requires faith in Jesus, the Son of God.

Dear Parents,

 Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In Luke 16, Jesus taught His disciples about money. The Pharisees listened, and they did not like what they heard. The Pharisees loved money. (See Luke 16:14.) Then Jesus told them a parable about two men. The first man was rich, wearing expensive clothes and feasting daily. The second man, whose name was Lazarus, was poor and sick. He sat outside the rich man’s gate. Lazarus suffered greatly, and he died. Then the rich man died too.

 Nothing the rich man had on earth helped him in eternity. The parable reveals that the rich man went to Hades. Hades is a Greek word that translates to “hell,” the place of the dead. Luke says that the rich man was in torment there. (Luke 16:23) He looked up and saw Abraham, the father of the Jewish faith. At Abraham’s side was the poor man, Lazarus.

 Lazarus was comforted in heaven while the rich man suffered in hell. There is a great chasm between heaven and hell, and no one can cross it. No one can change his mind and trust in Jesus after he has died. Lazarus was saved by faith, but the rich man was consumed by his wealth. He devoted his life to living in luxury, and he did not love God or other people. In his suffering, he asked Abraham to warn his brothers.

 Abraham refused. Sending Lazarus would not help. The rich man’s brothers had access to God’s Word, and Scripture is clear about salvation. Even a miracle would not convince the brothers, as Jesus raised His friend Lazarus from the dead and the religious leaders still plotted to kill Him. (See John 11:43-53.)

Those who receive salvation from Jesus have changed hearts; they treasure Jesus above any earthly treasure. Getting into heaven has nothing to do with who you know, what you wear, or what you do. Entering into heaven requires faith in Jesus, the Son of God.

Activity: Allow kids to retell the Bible story. Talk about the rich man’s love for himself and his money. Challenge kids to list below things they would be willing to give up for Jesus. Prompt them to consider their favorite toys, their allowance, or even friendships. Encourage kids by explaining that these things are good gifts from God, but emphasize that Jesus is greater than anything we have on earth.

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