The week of April 12th – During the month of April, we are focusing on the virtue of humility.
Find a time this week to gather as a family, read a Bible passage, respond as a family to what you have heard, and pray together.
April Virtue Humility: Putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve
What is a virtue? A virtue is something that God does in us to change the world around us.
Bible Story Above All (Crucified and Risen) • John 18:12–20:23
Bottom Line Jesus put us first.
Memory Verse Don’t do anything only to get ahead. Don’t do it because you are proud. Instead, be humble. Value others more than yourselves. Philippians 2:3 (NIrV)
Basic Truth I can trust God no matter what.
Do you know what the word “pride” means? Pride says, “Look at me, I’m awesome. Everything I do is awesome. And you will be awesome too if you hang out around me.” That’s the opposite of how Jesus acted. Instead of showing off who he was (the Son of God) or what he could do (like healing the sick or giving sight to the blind), Jesus was humble. He was the most important person in every room he ever entered and yet he never asked for special treatment.
Following Jesus means that we do our best to act and live the way he did. Instead of constantly trying to get what we think we deserve, Jesus followers should be flipping that idea to give others what they deserve. Jesus put us first. And when we follow Jesus, we can do the same for others.
- Why do you think Jesus put us first?
- What does it look like to follow Jesus?
- What does Easter mean to you?
ACTIVITY – Resurrection Eggs
Buy a set of plastic eggs online or you can make your own set. Basically, it’s an egg carton filled with multi-colored plastic eggs. Inside the eggs are items that are part of the Easter story. Those items are:
Egg #1: Bread – Matthew 26:26
Egg #2: Silver coins – Matthew 26:14-16
Egg #3: Purple cloth – Matthew 27:28
Egg #4: Thorns – Matthew 27:29
Egg #5: Rope – Mark 15:15
Egg #6: Cross – John 19:16-17
Egg #7: Nail – John 19:18
Egg #8: Sign that says, “This is the king of the Jews.” – Luke 23:38
Egg #9: Sponge (with vinegar) – Matthew 27:48
Egg #10: Cloves or spices – Luke 23:5-6
Egg #11: Rock – Matthew 27:59-60
Egg #12: Empty – Matthew 28:55-56
You can walk your child through each egg and explain the contents yourself, use the scripture above, or you can purchase a book to help you. If your child is already familiar with the Easter story, maybe ask them to walk you through the story with the eggs.
You love us so much that you sent us your Son, our Savior, Jesus. And today we get to celebrate, because Jesus is alive and through Jesus each one of us has new life too. Help us remember to share your love with others as we celebrate this Easter season. We love you, God, and we want to love you more. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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