YouthZone | Easter Sunday
12 April 2020
Happy Easter to you all from the Gen Z team!!!!
This Easter week you may have been thinking about the lead up to the death of Jesus on Good Friday. Jesus who was innocent, died as a rebel on a cross, through one of the most painful and barbaric forms of execution we know of.
However, the good news for us, is that Jesus did not stay dead:
Watch the video below either on your own or with your parents which summarises Jesus’ life and what happens after his death:
Love Nehemie and the Youth team
After watching the video, ask yourself these questions:
- Before Jesus, what do you think some Jews’ expectations of life were? (How did they think society should be ordered? Who were the most important people? What did it mean for the Jews to be ‘saved’?)
- In what way was Jesus’ message different to the Jews’ expectations?
- Many people throughout the gospels found it difficult to see Jesus for who he really was. Why do you think this is? Why was is it so hard for some to receive this message? (Have a think back to your response to the first part)
Main Bible Verse: John 6:47- 51, 63
After performing an amazing miracle, feeding five thousand people with loaves of bread and two fish, Jesus compares himself to bread and it seems to many that he is talking in riddles.
‘‘I am the bread of life …….I am the living bread that came from down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever”
Discuss or think:
- If we think of bread as food, why is it important? Could we live without food indefinitely?
- Jesus talks to his disciples about him being ‘bread’. Can we live without Jesus? What is the difference in the type of life that Jesus gives, that normal ‘food’ cannot give us?
- In verse 63, Jesus talks about his words being spirit and life. Read John 6:67-69. What does Peter realise about the ‘bread’ Jesus offers?
Although we can see life as very finite, and that it will come to an end, in Jesus we can see that in following him and the words he says, we too can have eternal life! We can trust this as Jesus himself had power over death when he was resurrected from the dead that first Easter!
Look at 1 Peter 1:3 – 4 with your parents or carers which tell us what we have to look forward to once we do gain eternal life through Jesus.
We thank you for the gift having new life in you.
We have so often done wrong and chose to do what ‘seems’ right to us but isn’t right to you.
Thank you for sending Jesus Christ to show us what the right way is, so that we can choose to do what is right in your eyes and finally have a loving relationship with you.
Thank you that we have a way to enjoy your eternal life-giving power today, through the death and resurrection of Jesus.
We pray for those who are experiencing death in a very real way, that in your goodness, you will provide them a way to find you and an opportunity to receive the gift of eternal life through Jesus.
In Jesus’ Name, Amen.