WHO IS JESUS – Why Die on a Cross

Series: Who is Jesus

Theme: Jesus, The Lamb of God

Lesson Number: 3 of 4

Lesson Title: Why Die on a Cross

Memory Verse: 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21; God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

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ELEMENTARY LESSON: WHY DIE ON A CROSS; Theme: JESUS THE LAMB OF GOD
Numbers 21:4-9; (Read this story from the Bible.) Have you ever whined and complained at your parents when you didn’t want to do what they asked. Maybe when you didn’t want to make your bed or cut the grass or take out the garbage. That is what the Children of Israel were doing. They did not like the wilderness. They complained about the food and the water that God was providing for them. They were being unthankful and disobedient. It was wrong and it was Sin. What does the Bible say is the wages of Sin? (Have someone look up Romans 6:23). God punished the people by sending poisonous snakes into their camp. When anyone was bitten by these snakes, they would die. But God also gave a cure. When the people were sorry and they asked for help, God told Moses to make a snake on a pole and put it in a place where all could see it. Then if anyone was bitten, all they had to do was look at the bronze pole with the snake on it and they were cured. They would live.
Many years later, Jesus said, John 3:14&15; Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.
Jesus was crucified on a cross. What does the next verse say? (John 3:16; For God so loved the world that He sent His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.)
God knows that we whine and complain and we sin. The punishment for sin is death. But God provided a Sacrifice, Jesus. And just as the Children of Israel received life if they looked at the snake on the pole, we can have life if we look to Jesus and accept God’s provision for the cure from sin.
Jesus took all our sin and guilt and shame as if He were the sinner, the guilty one, and He died, took the punishment. When He was nailed to that cross, all our sin was nailed there with Him. That is why we can say what our memory verse says. 2 Corinthians 5:21; God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
Use an illustration of a gift. Give a child a rock. This represents sin. This is all the bad things you have done. (name some) If you give me your rock and I take it from you, who has it? Do you have it? NO! It is now mine. Then I get rid of the rock by throwing it outside on a rock pile. It is gone. That is what Jesus wants to do with your sin. He can get rid of it forever for you. That is good news, but the best news is yet to come because now Jesus can give you what He has. (Give each child a candy) This represents what Jesus gives in return, His righteousness, His goodness, His perfection.
If Jesus took our sin and was punished for it, then we no longer have sin. We are free from sin and we become righteous just as God is righteous.

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