Kids ask a lot of great questions, especially about Jesus. Here are some quick and easy children’s messages you can have in your pocket the next time you hear one of these questions.
1. Did God Forget About Jesus When He Was on the Cross?
THEME God hears us when we cry.
BIBLE REFERENCE Mark 15:33-41
SIMPLE SUPPLIES You’ll need a Bible, two disposable cups, string, scissors, and beads or washers. Before the lesson, make a “telephone” by poking a small hole in the bottom of each cup. Cut one 10-foot length of string, and thread it through the hole in the bottom of one cup. Tie a washer or bead to the end of the string inside the cup. Repeat this process with the other end of the string and the other cup.
Say: Can you guess what these cups and string are for? Give time for responses. I’ve made something like a telephone with them. Let’s see how it works. Choose two volunteers. Have each child hold a cup and carefully walk away from each other until the string is taught. Then as one child speaks into one cup, the other holds the cup to listen through it. Have volunteers take turns talking and listening.
Did my telephone always work? Could you always hear your partner? What made it easier or harder to hear the other person? Let children respond. This phone may not have worked perfectly, but there is one type of communication that always works. There is one special “call” we can make that will always be heard—our prayers!
Open your Bible to Mark 15. The Bible tells us that many of the leaders during Jesus’ time didn’t like the things Jesus was saying and doing. They wanted to make him stop saying he was God. But Jesus just kept right on teaching, blessing, and healing the people. Finally, the leaders decided to kill Jesus by nailing him to a cross. God knew that Jesus would die this way, but God also knew that Jesus would rise from the dead and live in heaven forever! While Jesus was on the cross, he cried out to God. Read Mark 15:34 aloud. God heard Jesus’ prayer, but didn’t take Jesus down from the cross and save him from death. Instead, he gave Jesus the strength to finish his task.
Have you ever cried out to God? Why? Did you hear or see God’s answer? Allow time for responses. Sometimes God changes our problems so they’re not problems anymore, and sometimes he gives us the strength to make it through the problems. We can never be sure how God will answer our prayers. But one thing is for certain, God always hears us when we cry out to him! God heard Jesus and he hears us, too.
Pray: Dear God, thank you for always listening to our prayers. Please help us remember to cry out to you when things are good and when things are bad. Thank you for always being there for us. We love you. Amen.
If time permits, let children experiment more with the “telephone.”