Eggbert, the Easter eggs-plorer, uncovers a new part of the Easter story each week in an Easter egg. This four-part series shows preschoolers that God sent Jesus to save the world, and that only Jesus has the power to save.
Get out of your seat, crank up these jams and get ready to dance!
Listen to the audio from Week 3: Jesus Dies on the Cross, Matthew 26-27
ASK YOUR KID
Where did the soldiers take Jesus? The cross.
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Matthew 27: 32-56
Jesus’ death is cruel and dark. Even the events leading up to it are barbaric—a mock coronation with a crown of thorns and the king’s staff later used to violently beat him. Matthew’s account and the other crucifixion narratives in the gospels of Mark, Luke, and John take us through the entire gamut of emotions: anger, disgust, and sorrow, to be sure.
However, Jesus’ death also shows us a picture of tremendous humility. The crucifixion shows us the true character of God. It is the ultimate contrast of God’s strength and God’s love. At any time, when he was being spit on, whipped and killed, Jesus could have risen up as all-powerful God and leveled the place and every one of his tormentors. HE IS GOD, after all. But Jesus CHOSE to suffer and die so that we could live forever with him. He paid with his own life so that ours could be free from sin. Jesus accomplished it all on the cross. Our only part is to humbly accept this gift.
Read other accounts of Jesus’ crucifixion in John 19:10-30; Mark 15: 1-39; and Luke 23: 1-47.
What emotions surface as you read about Jesus’ final hours?
What does Jesus’ sacrifice mean to you?
“Only Jesus has the power to save,” Acts 4:12.
THE BIG PICTURE
Our preschool curriculum written for 3-5 year olds. Through exciting videos, or live teaching in the rooms, kids explore stories from the Bible each month. Beginning with Creation, and moving in chronological order throughout the year, kids learn that God is a powerful, loving, and trustworthy friend who cares about us. They learn that God sent Jesus to save the world. In a large group format, preschoolers sing and dance to worship songs, then meet fun characters and play games that introduce them to the concept of the series. After the story, kids play a Big Group Game, then transition to small group activities, designed to be led by an adult. We hope preschoolers learn through fun, and begin to understand who God is and how much he loves them.