Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Easter Week: Wednesday

Easter week is upon us!  Each day we are going to celebrate Jesus by reading what happened on that day in the Bible, memorizing a key verse, and doing an activity that reinforces the story.  I invite you to join us in our celebration!  Each morning I plan to post what we will be doing that day.  None of the activities take much preparation, just grabbing a few things you most likely have around the house.  Some of the readings are long, and the verses too, so scale it to what you think is appropriate for your child (but I would always encourage you to give them a little more than you think they can handle and let them surprise you at how much they can learn!) So grab your Bible, your preschooler, and let's celebrate Easter!


Reading: Matthew 26:1-16 EVS

1When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, 2 "You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified."
    3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. 5But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people."
     6 Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 7a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. 8And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste? 9For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor." 10But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. 11For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. 12In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. 13Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her."   
    14 Then one of the twelve, whose name was Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15and said, "What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?" And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. 16And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Memory Verse: Matthew 26:16 ESV
  “And from that moment he sought an opportunity to betray him.”

Activity: Judas’ Coins

Have 30 silver coins.  Count the coins.  Talk about things you could buy with these coins.  Ask if the child would give up a piece of bread for these coins. His shirt?  His toy?  Ask if the child would give up his daddy if he could get these 30 coins.  Explain that the child could buy back food, clothes, or toys with money, but you couldn’t buy back your daddy.  Judas betrayed Jesus in this way. Judas was supposed to be Jesus’ friend, but Judas sold him for a little money.  This was betrayal.

Happy Easter!

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