March 1, 2016 ther1188

March 2016 – Night Light, See Through the Dark – HOPE

Hope is believing that something good can come out of something bad. It’s important to help kids know what to do when life throws them a curveball—when the play doesn’t pan out the way they think it will—to let them know that life will get messy at some point. But no matter how messy or confusing, God still has a perfect plan. He is powerful enough to make something good come out of something bad. To turn mess into a miracle.
Memory Verse: That’s why a great verse to get your kids to memorize is John 16:33b: “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world,”(NIrV)
Those are actually the words of Jesus. And if you want a demonstration of how God can use pain and suffering and do something powerful, just think about Jesus. More specifically, think about the message of the Gospel. The life, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus is enough to give us all the hope we will ever need, which becomes especially important this month as we get to celebrate and discovery more about Easter.

WEEK 1: I Thought He as Dead
We start our month on hope in John 11. Here we discover a moment when Jesus brought hope to two sisters who thought all hope was lost. When Lazarus died, his sisters were devastated. But Jesus used the opportunity to point people to God. Jesus was stronger than even death itself and raised Lazarus back to life four days after he was dead. Through this story, we want kids to remember that whatever happens, then can remember that how powerful God is.

 

WEEK 2: The Savior’s Play Book
Next, we’ll look at several passages throughout John 14-16. We get the chance to eavesdrop on the last conversations Jesus had with His disciples before He was arrested. At the Last Supper, Jesus takes one last chance to encourage His disciples with the promise of heaven, the Holy Spirit, and that He will always be with them. Through this moment in Jesus’ life, we pray kids will realize that whatever happens, they can remember what Jesus promised. It’s such a comfort to know that God is always with us and wants to be with us forever.

 

WEEK 3: The Greatest Story Ever Told
On Palm Sunday, we celebrate how Jesus was worshipped as He rode into Jerusalem. Yet, as we’ll see through passages in John 18-19, less than a week later, Jesus went to the cross for us. It was painful, but He endured all of it for us. We know that now, but when Jesus died, His disciples must have thought it was over—that everything they had hoped for would never come true. But, God wasn’t finished yet. Just like the disciples didn’t yet know the end of the story, sometimes our kids can’t see how there story will turn out. We pray that as they go through those times, they’ll remember God is always at work.

 

WEEK 4: The Son of God is Alive
Then, on Easter Sunday, we celebrate that we can have hope because Jesus is alive! In John 20:1-18, we’ll find out that all the promises that Jesus made are true. Everything that Jesus said and did lead to this moment. He paid the price for our sin on the cross and came back to life making it possible for us to be with God forever! This is something to celebrate! We want all the kids to leave believing that whatever happens, they can know that God loves them.

Here’s the reality: No one knows at what point kids may be going through a dark time that doesn’t make sense. But as leaders or parents, we have an opportunity to lay a foundation so that whatever happens in their life they can have hope.

They can have hope—

because of what Jesus said about heaven,
because of what happened at the resurrection,
because God’s story is much bigger than the one they see,
and because Jesus promised that He would always be with them!