Every child in a Christian Church can tell you that the were saved by the blood or Crucifixion of Jesus the Christ. However, if you press them, I have found that nearly none of them have even a rudimentary understanding of what that actually means. This Unit is all about 1 aspect of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ; one result that is secondary to Grace, but powerful in its own right. We become a new creation, different that we were before we took on the mantel of our savior. This unit hopefully will bring our children closer to Jesus because they begin to live and understand that they are a NEW CREATION.
a) A Soft Ball or a Snake Stuffed animal. You MUST not use a dodge ball as they HURT to much, and they have a certain expectation in the children's mind. We don't want that expectation. competitive Yes. Violent competitive, NO.
We use 6" Gator Skin Softi Ball-Blue or any other color, but the brand prevents injury and has longevity at the same time.
1) Crane - Stand on one leg and move by hoping
2) Gorilla - Stand on two legs and move by running or walking.
3) Bear - Stand on 4 legs - hands and feet, and run/walk like a bear.
4) Frog. Squat down and move by hoping like a frog.
5) Kangaroo - Stand on 2 legs and move by Hoping
6) Lie on the ground and move like a snake
b) The game continues until all but one are changed into a NEW ANIMAL. That 1 is the winner, and goes to the Middle of the Floor, after pick a new animal to be.
c) Monitor - make sure they act like a new animal, and those that are tagged act like a new animal as well. Everyone can move, but the animals must move like animals.
When the game is over and you are about to start class, ask them "How did it FEEL when you changed into a New Animal." Was it easy to remain that new animal. (If they say yes, have the monitor remind them how many times they had to be corrected, which should be huge.)
17 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”
19 “What things?” he asked.
“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22 In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23 but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24 Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”
25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.
28 As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. 29 But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.
30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”
33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.
It's important to note that hearing the scriptures, even having them explained, was not enough for the two to "know" Jesus. They had to break bread with him. I'm not convinced that this is a reference to communion, but I am total certain that they had to invite Jesus into their homes. That is actually in the scripture above. They had to invite him in as a guest, and when they did, and gave him comfort, as in food and drink, their eyes were open. To me, this is an allegorical example by the Lord, letting us know that we need to invite him into our lives, if we want to really know him.
Order of Class:
(1-3 are always the same, and totally optional)
4a) Equipment Needed:
1) 2 or more teams of Children with no more than 6 or 7 children per team
2) Two or more somethings to use as blindfolds, depending on the number of teams you have. I use Sport Supply Group Blindfolds, because the are neat, cool colors, inexpensive and easy to use. I have, however, used strips of cloth if the people I was doing it for were unable or unwilling to buy blindfolds, and I forgot to bring my own.
3) 14 balloons (if possible 7 of two colors) if you have 2 teams. More if you have more teams.,
4) A printer to print up a sentence
5) Scissors to Cut up the sentence.
4b) How to Play the Game:
A) First, you need to print up the following verse two times:
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."
2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come."B) Take the scissors and cut the sentence in to 7 pieces based on the colors, roll the words up, put them into the balloons, and blow the balloons up. In the end, you should have 7 balloons with 1 sentence fragment each. If you have 3 teams, and 3 different color balloons, it makes the game easier to manage. (In later weeks, week 3 and 4, you should have either random colors or all the same color, and make the teams work together to get the verses back together.
C) Put the balloons on one side of the room, all mixed up, and divide the students into two groups. Pick one student from each team and blind fold them. Put all the students on the other side of the room.
D) Tell them the rules and goals of the Drill:
i) The non-blind team members can not leave their side of the room,
ii) The goal is to get all of your team members balloons back to the side of the room that the non-blind members are waiting, pop the balloons, find the slips of paper in the balloons, and figure out what the sentence is.
iv) The team that gets the complete sentence first Wins.
E) Say Go.
4c) Explaining the meaning of the Game: Gather all the students, and start asking questions. You can ask questions based on your observations, but I suggest you ask the following ones too.
1) What does "In Christ" mean. (2 Corinthians 5:17(CEV) - "Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. - So it means you belong to Christ, you have accepted him, invited him into your life.)
2) Do You Belong to Christ?
3) How Does one invite Christ into their lives?
4) Isn't he already in everyone's life already?
5) Do you need Jesus or a commitment to him - isn't the Bible good enough all by itself? (No)
5) Building on the Lesson - Read to them Luke 24:13-35 From above. Just read it through, then focus on the End where they invited Jesus into their homes.
5a) Ask them if they know the difference between knowing about Jesus, like him explaining the scriptures to the two men above, and Knowing Jesus, as when the suddenly recognized him.
5b) Ask them how they can invite Jesus into their lives, so they to can know him.
a. Introduction to God Rock's Lesson Planning System - Click Here.
5. Unit 2, Week 1 - Fasting and Looking Gloomy - Click Here.
14. Unit 4, Week 1 - The Resurrection - Click Here
15. Unit 4, Week 2 - The Road to Emmaus - This Article
15. Unit 4, Week 3 - The Upper Room
16. Unit 4, Week 4 - By the Sea
17. Unit 5, Week 1 - The Great Commision
18. Unit 5, Week 2 - The Ascension
19. Unit 5, Week 3 - And It's 12 Again
20. Unit 5, Week 4 - Pentecost
21. Unit 5, Week 5 - The Fellowship