Chapel of the Cross Faith & Family

Family Bible time for the week of April 5-April 11

Welcome to Chapel's Faith & Family!

This interactive Bible Time is a little different this week. Because this is Holy Week, there are a number of things for your family to watch, read, and do throughout the week to help you think about all that Jesus our Savior did for us. Do a little something each day as you remember and thank Jesus for His great love and sacrifice for you.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You for sending Your only Son, Jesus, into this world to be our Savior. Help us this week to set aside time to remember how Jesus suffered and died to pay for our sins. Help us to see just how much You love us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

Holy Week

During Holy Week, we remember what happened during Jesus' last week here on earth. Watch the video below to see how Holy Week tells the story of Jesus.
What Is Holy Week?

Palm Sunday

The Triumphal Entry: John 12:12-19

Listen to Pastor Laesch read the Bible account in the video below. You can also open your family Bible or a Children's Bible Storybook and read this account together.
Palm Sunday - John 12:12-19

Palm Sunday Video

Watch the video below to see and hear what it might have been like on that first Palm Sunday.

What do you see people doing? What are the people saying?

Jesus Entering Jerusalem on a Donkey

Talk about It

  • The word Hosanna means "Save us now." Why do you think people were shouting "Hosanna" to Jesus?
  • Parades are usually happy and joyful. Do you think Jesus was happy or sad as He rode into Jerusalem?

The people had seen all the amazing miracles that Jesus had done, and they were hoping He would be the Messiah who would save them from the rule of the Romans. Jesus came not to be an earthly king, but a heavenly King who would save the people from their sins.

Jesus was happy to see the crowds and receive their praise. He had come to save them and all people. But Jesus knew that in just a few days, the crowds would be crying, "Crucify Him!"

Things to Do Together

Have a Palm Sunday family parade on your sidewalk! Use sidewalk chalk to write messages on the sidewalk such as "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!" and "Jesus is our King!" Wave branches and sing or shout "Hosanna in the highest!"

Maundy Thursday

Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet: John 13:1-17

Listen to Pastor Laesch read the Bible account in the video below. You can also open your family Bible or a Children's Bible Storybook and read this account together.
Maundy Thursday - John 13:1-17

Maundy Thurdsday Video

Watch the video below to see and hear a retelling of Jesus' Last Supper with His disciples as He instituted the Lord's Supper.

What did Jesus say to His disciples as they ate the Passover together that night?

JESUS, (English), The Last Supper

Talk about It

  • What did Jesus teach us by washing His disciples' feet?
  • When have you heard the words that Jesus said to His disciples at the Last Supper?

Jesus humbled Himself by doing a job that usually servants did--washing dirty feet. Jesus was teaching His disciples, and us, how to love and serve one another.

Every time we celebrate Communion at church, we hear the words that Jesus spoke on Maundy Thursday as He gave His disciples the bread and the wine. When we receive Communion, we receive the true body and blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins.

Things To Do Together

Have a foot-washing party! Show love to one another as you wash each other's feet. Talk about the ways that you can serve and help one another, even when it's hard (or smelly) to do. Remember how Jesus loved and served others and us by His life and death on the cross.

Good Friday

Good Friday Introduction with Ken and Denny

Good Friday Introduction

Jesus' Trial and Crucifixion

Listen to Pastor Laesch read the Bible account in the video below. You can also open your family Bible to Matthew 27:11-44 or a Children's Bible Storybook and read this account together.
Good Friday - Jesus’ Trial and Crucifixion

Talk about It

  • What did the people think that Jesus had done wrong?
  • Why did Jesus let Himself be crucified?

Jesus healed and forgave many people, saying and showing that He is God. Some of the church leaders thought that Jesus was pretending to be God, a sin punishable by death at that time. Those leaders also didn't like that people were listening to Jesus instead of them.

Jesus had power to stop the crowds and the soldiers, but He allowed them to hurt Him because it was all part of God's great plan to save us from our sins. When Jesus died on the cross, He took the punishment of all our sins on Himself. Because Jesus died for our sins, we will have eternal life with Him in heaven!

Things To Do Together

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Bible Verse

Christ died for our sins. 1 Corinthians 15:3

1 Corinthians 15:3

Worship Song

God Forgave
God Forgave | Cross Culture Thailand VBS Music Video | Group Publishing

Musical Meditation

What Wondrous Love Is This
Chelsea Moon with the Franz Brothers - What Wondrous Love Is This?

The Lord's Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name, Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Closing Prayer

Dear Jesus, thank You for laying down Your life for us so that we can one day live with You in heaven. Help us to love others as You have loved us. We praise You, because You are our Savior, God, and King! In Your name we pray. Amen.

Bible Lesson: Concordia Publishing House

A portion of these Bible lesson materials are from the Enduring Faith Bible Curriculum from Concordia Publishing House. Used by permission.

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