In the beginning, God showed His love when He made the Garden of Eden. In this Magnificent Paradise, God walked with His people, taught them, spent time with them face-to-face. But His people went their own way when Adam and Eve broke God’s rule, and they turned their backs on Him. Even then, God had a plan to rescue His people.
Through generations, God reminded His people of His love. He showed Abraham His love when He provided a sacrifice to take
Isaac’s place. He showed the Israelites His love when He protected them at the Passover. He sent Prophets, like Isaiah, who delivered message after message of God’s love.
Then, when the time was right, God sent His very own Son, Jesus, to show His love to His people. Jesus walked with people and taught them. Though He lived like us with struggles and temptations, He never sinned. Yet His enemies betrayed Him and handed Him over to be crucified. It was a confusing time for His followers, but God knew it was part of His rescue plan.
“God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son. Anyone who believes in Him will not die but will have eternal life.” (John 3:16, NIrV) God sacrificed Jesus to take our place. Because we are protected by Jesus’ blood, we can have a relationship with the God who loves us.
But God’s rescue plan didn’t end with Jesus dying for us. Three days later God brought Jesus back from the dead! God proved that His love is more powerful than anything—even death!
No matter what circumstances we face, even today, we can trust God because we believe in the sacrifice He made, walk in a relationship with Him, and know the power of His love.
This week, we’re discovering:
In this week’s Bible story, we’re examining some of the amazing things Jesus said and the most amazing thing He did. (John 3:3,16; 14:1-6, 28-29; John 18–20) Jesus made some incredible statements about Himself, so incredible that some people had trouble believing everything He said. And when Jesus died, even some of His followers doubted that His words were true. But then the most amazing miracle happened: Jesus came back to life! At that moment, all the incredible things He said came true!
Our Bottom Line is: when Jesus came back from the dead, it proved that what He said was true. Even after He came back to life, He lovingly explained God’s Big Story to the followers who had doubts. When we have doubts about God, we can remember He kept the biggest promise of all. We can trust Him to keep His other promises to us.
There are no at-home sheets this week. Have a Happy Easter!