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Mar 18

Countdown to Easter Message 2: Power – A free devotion for children’s ministry

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of six devotions intended to help children prepare for Easter. It’s slightly adapted from CTA’s theme for spring, Jesus Lives! Let’s Celebrate!

Getting Ready

Familiarize yourself with today’s devotion and bookmark Acts 10:38 in your Bible. Place the orange piece of the Jesus Lives! Let’s Celebrate activity magnet on a metal cookie sheet or pizza pan. Put the red piece from last time on the other side of the pan. Place the metal pan and your Bible inside a bag.

Have extra Jesus Lives! Let’s Celebrate magnet pieces on hand and plan to distribute them to children who didn’t receive one to take home last time.

Introduction

(Warmly greet the children, and invite them to sit near you. Nearby, place the bag of items you prepared ahead of time. Remind the children of the countdown to Easter you began last time. One week is now gone so this time you will count down from “five.” Practice a few times: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1—Jesus lives! Let’s celebrate!)

Soon, we will celebrate Christ’s resurrection. (Show the children the word “powerful” on today’s magnet piece. Ask a volunteer to read the word.) What does it mean to have power? (point out out the lightning bolt.) How does a lightning bolt remind us of power?

Getting to the Heart

(Invite the children to listen as you read today’s Bible verse from your Bible or below.)

“God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power” (Acts 10:38).

Jesus, God’s Son, had miraculous power. Lightning bolts can hurt people, but Jesus used his power to help people in many, many ways—awesome ways, miraculous ways! Last time we talked about six friends of Jesus. Today, let’s talk about five of Jesus’ miracles.

 (Invite the children to participate by raising their arms to show their bicep muscles every time you say: Jesus is powerful! Practice together so everyone knows what to do. Encourage the children to listen carefully so they know when to demonstrate. As you did last time, count on your fingers as you count each miracle you describe.)

Miracle 1: One day, Jesus saw his friends fishing from a boat. Jesus’ friends had been fishing all day and night and had caught no fish—none at all! Do you know what Jesus did? He sent hundreds of fish to swim right into his friends’ fishing nets! Jesus sent so many fish that the nets began to break! It was a miracle!

Jesus is powerful! (Wait while the children demonstrate.)

Miracle 2: Another time at the lake, a terrible storm blew in. Jesus and his friends were caught in the middle of the lake in a boat during the storm. Waves swept over the boat. The wind roared and pushed the boat back and forth. Any minute, the boat would tip over and everyone would drown. It was terrifying! Then Jesus stood up and commanded, “Peace! Be still!” Just like that, the storm stopped completely. It was a miracle!

Jesus is powerful! (Wait while the children demonstrate.)

Miracle 3: One day, thousands of people came to hear Jesus teach them about the heavenly Father. The people listened all day, and when it was time for supper, no one had any food left—no one except one boy. He had five small barley loaves and two small fishes. Jesus took them. He used them to make more and more and more barley loaves and more and more and more fishes until everyone was full. In fact, Jesus’ disciples gathered up 12 baskets of leftovers! It was a miracle!

Jesus is powerful! (Wait while the children demonstrate.)

Miracle 4: Bartimaeus could not see at all. He was blind. He asked Jesus for help. Jesus said to him, “Go, your faith has healed you.” At that moment, Bartimaeus could see everything around him! It was a miracle, a powerful miracle.

Jesus is powerful! (Wait while the children demonstrate.)

Let’s see, five powerful miracles. (Count on your fingers as you recount the miracles.) Jesus caused the great catch of fish; Jesus stopped a terrible storm; Jesus made food for thousands; Jesus healed Bartimaeus’s eyes so he could see again. That’s four.

Here’s the fifth miracle we will think about today: Jesus loves you and calls you his friend. Jesus knows when you need help, and he wants to help you. Not only does Jesus want to help, he can and does help! No matter how big the problem, Jesus loves you and stands ready to act powerfully for you! It’s a miracle!

Jesus is powerful! (Wait while the children demonstrate.)

(Assemble the red and orange pieces on the metal pan.)

Soon, we will celebrate Jesus’ greatest miracle of love and power. On Resurrection Day, Jesus rose in power and left the tomb. Death was not strong enough to hold our mighty Savior! Jesus came alive and is living right now and forever. He is our strong, powerful Savior!

Taking It Home

(sing) Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.

Little ones to him belong. We are weak . . .

(shout) Jesus is strong!

(sing) Yes! Jesus loves me!

Yes! Jesus loves me!

Yes! Jesus loves me!

(shout) He is strong for me!

Let’s pray together:

Dear loving, powerful Jesus, thank you that you suffered and died for us. Your power and love are awesome! Help us trust in you to help us with all our troubles, big and small. We love you, Lord. Amen.

(Distribute the red piece of the Jesus Lives! Let’s Celebrate activity magnets to any children who didn’t get one last time. Encourage them to put the orange and red pieces together. Encourage everyone to watch for Jesus’ love and power at work in their lives this week. Remind them to thank Jesus when that happens.)

Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® (ESV®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

© 2014 CTA, Inc.

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