JESUS is the BEST EVER
The focus of this family time is to use five easy steps to teach our preschool children that God sent Jesus to save us and He is the BEST EVER!
Learn the NEED TO KNOW and motions together and say it throughout the week to help your family remember and apply what they have learned.
Jesus Is (both hands point up)
The Best Ever (arms above head, wiggle fingers)
Learn the Memory Verse together and say it throughout the week to help your family remember and apply what they have learned.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
STEP 1. GATHER!
Play a game and have kids stand and repeat, “Jesus Is the Best Ever,” after you while doing these fun things:
- Hop like a bunny
- Flap wings like a chick
- Shake your bunny tail
- Pat legs like a lamb walking
- Pretend to eat candy
- Put fingers up like bunny ears
- Spin in a circle.
STEP 2. WORSHIP!
- Sing and have fun while worshiping then pray. Take a moment here to thank God for your family and your time together!!
STEP 3. BIBLE!
A long time ago, our friendship with God was broken because of all the wrong things people do. But God promised to send His Son, Jesus, to fix our friendship with Him. On the count of three, let me hear you shout, “Jesus!” (Everyone will shout, “Jesus!”) That’s it! Jesus was perfect and never did anything wrong. Everywhere Jesus went, He was showing love to God and to others! Let’s clap for Jesus loving God and loving others! (Everyone will clap) People were excited to see Jesus. One time, they waved palm branches as He rode into town and shouted, “Hosanna,” which means “Save us!” Let me see you pretend to wave palm branches and shout, “Hosanna!” (Everyone will pretend to wave palm branches and shout, “Hosanna”) Great job! The people believed that Jesus had come to save them, so they celebrated Him like a king. Later that week, Jesus had one last dinner with His friends. This was a special meal that God’s people had every year. They would eat and talk about how much God loved them. Let me see you pretend to eat some bread. (Everyone will pretend to eat) Good job! Jesus thanked God for the bread and gave them some to eat. Now let me see you pretend to take a sip of a drink. (Everyone will pretend to drink) Great! Jesus also gave them something to drink. Then He told them that whenever they eat this special meal each year, they should remember Him and what He was about to do for them. Meanwhile, there were some leaders in the city that were jealous of Jesus. They did not like how excited the people were to see Him. They wanted to put a stop to all that Jesus was doing, so they made a plan to have Jesus killed. On the count of three, let me hear you whisper, “Oh no!” One, two, three! (Everyone will whisper, “Oh no!”) The mean leaders arrested Jesus and made Him carry a heavy cross to the top of a hill. Then they nailed Jesus to the cross for everyone to see. Do you think this hurt or helped Jesus? (Hurt Jesus)You’re right. This did hurt Jesus, but He did it for us because He loves us. You see, when Jesus died on the cross, He took the punishment for all the wrong things that you and I do. Now let me see all of you make a sad face. (Everyone will make sad faces) This seemed like the saddest, worst day ever, but God had a good plan! When Jesus died, His body was put inside a tomb), and the tomb was closed up with a big, heavy stone. Now, pat the ground. (Everyone will pat the ground) That’s it! On Sunday, the ground began to shake, and an angel rolled the big stone away! That same morning, two of Jesus’ friends came to check on the tomb, but when they arrived, they saw the angel! The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus. But He is not here. He has come back to life!” This is great news! Jesus died and came back to life to fix our friendship with God forever! And, because He did this for everyone, Jesus is the best ever! Let me hear you say that after me! (Pause to allow kids to repeat) Jesus Is (both hands point up)The Best Ever (arms above head, wiggle fingers)
STEP 4. DISCUSSION!
Use these questions and points to have a conversation with your children about the Bible story.
- Do you know why Easter is the BEST DAY EVER?
- Easter is the BEST DAY EVER because we get to celebrate that Jesus is alive! Jesus died on a cross, but He came back to life! And that makes Jesus the best ever!
- Jesus loves you so much that He took the punishment for all the wrong things you have done and will ever do. He loves you so much that He did not stay dead
STEP 5. Pray!
- Jesus, thank You for taking my punishment on the cross. Thank You for coming back to life! You are the best ever, and I love You! Amen