Hey BridgeKids Families!
Jesus knew it was time for Him to die. He sat down with His disciples for the Passover meal and did something very unusual. Jesus washed His disciples’ feet. This humble act was usually reserved for a servant. The foot washing symbolized a spiritual cleansing. The disciples were already positionally “clean” before God (see John 13:10) but even redeemed people still sin and need daily cleansing. (See 1 John 1:9.) In this, Jesus also set forth an example of love and humility for His disciples to mirror in their own actions toward one another. (John 13:15)
Open your Bibles to Matthew 26:26-30 and John 13:1-15. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how as they ate the Passover meal, Jesus broke bread and gave it to His disciples. He shared the cup with them too, explaining that the bread and cup represented His body and blood. Jesus established a new covenant.
In the Old Testament, God made a covenant, or promise, with His people. He gave them commandments to follow so they could live in right relationship with Him. But God’s people broke the covenant. They didn’t obey God, and they didn’t love Him. By dying on the cross, Jesus brought forgiveness and made the way for people to know and love God again.
Jesus and the disciples ate the first Lord’s Supper at Passover, a time when God’s people remembered how God had rescued His people from the Egyptians—passing over the houses marked with the blood of a lamb. Jesus instituted a new memorial, to Himself—the Lamb of God whose blood would bring salvation to the world.
Believers take the Lord’s Supper to remember what Jesus did for us in His death and resurrection. We remember God’s faithfulness, and we look forward to the day He will return.
At the Passover, Jesus shared His last meal with the disciples before His death and resurrection. Jesus said that His death would establish a new covenant. God’s people had broken the old covenant, and God promised to make a new covenant to forgive sins. God forgives the sins of those who trust in His Son, Jesus.
Your kids may not be ready to take the Lord’s Supper at church. Gently explain that the Lord’s Supper, like baptism, is an ordinance of the church and is a celebration for those who have repented of their sin and trusted in Jesus for salvation.
Ask the questions:
- What did Jesus wash for His friends? (their feet)
- Why did Jesus wash His friends’ feet? (so they would follow His example and serve one another)
- What meal did Jesus and His friends eat together? (the Passover meal)
- What did Jesus do with the bread? (blessed and broke it and gave it to His friends)
- Memory Verse: Our unit memory verse right now is Luke 4:18 – The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
- Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God. Right now we are raising money for the missions conference in November. The BridgeKids funds will go for Osmar and the Sunshine Kids Club in Peru.
- XO Marriage Conference 2019: The XO Marriage conference is back so SAVE THE DATE NOW – March 1-2. Each year there is a new line up of great speakers with powerful insights and encouraging messages designed to help you build a vibrant marriage. The conference starts Friday evening, March 1st, then resumes Saturday morning, March 2nd for a full day of inspiring messages. Your registration even includes a great lunch from Hawkshead on Saturday. Click here to get more details and register online. Hurry, the price goes up a week from today and seating is limited.