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Day 2 – Jesus Cleanses the Temple {Christ Centered Easter Week}

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{If you would like to see the entire Easter Week, check out the original post HERE.}

Monday: Day 2 – Jesus Cleanses the Temple

Opening Song:Did Jesus Really Live Again?” (Children’s Song Book, pg 64)

Scripture Reading: 

John 2:13-17

13 And the Jews’ passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem,

14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting:

15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;

16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up.

Video:

We watched the following video after we read the scripture verses. (Tip: All the bible videos have scriptures underneath, and that’s what I usually end up reading to the kids. Also, if the video doesn’t show up the first time you load this blog page, just hit refresh and it appears.)

Discussion:

1. Talk about why Jesus cleansed the temple. How do you feel when you visit the temple grounds? Do you think you would be able to feel that special, calm feeling if there were people outside selling things and trying to make a profit? Do you think people would be able to receive revelation easily or feel the spirit with people acting inappropriately?

2. Read Boyd K. Packer quote: “Inspiration comes more easily in peaceful settings. Irreverence suits the purposes of the adversary by obstructing the delicate channels of revelation, in both mind and spirit. Reverence invites revelation.” {Satan wants people to not show proper respect in sacred places because he knows that it can effect us, both in mind and spirit. When we are reverent, and calm, and quiet, we invite revelation, and can receive answers from the Lord through the Holy Ghost.}

3. When we think about Jesus’ action at the temple to cleanse it, how do you think our family would do if he came to our home? Are there things that might need cleansing? How do you think he would feel about our home? Discuss as a family what things you can do to purify our home and make it more calm and quiet and peaceful. Set a goal.

Activity:

1. Go To The Temple:

temple

Go to the temple to feel the peace there. Imagine how it must have felt for Jesus to see people showing so little respect and reverence at the temple, and to the Lord. Talk about how it is important to keep sacred things “sacred”. {spiritual, holy, reverent}.

reflection happy awesomeness branches champ doors gma christus

 

{If your temple has a visitor center you can easily incorporate a little more learning experiences. Our center had a small Christus (Statue of Christ), and the kids were welcome to touch the holes in the Savior’s feet and hands. We talked about how it represented his physical death, and how he was able to be resurrected and overcome death.}

2. If you can’t go to the temple, you can still take a little time learning more about temples, and checking out pictures on lds.org.

3. Another great idea in case you don’t have a temple nearby: Jesus didn’t just cleanse the temple that day. After he drove out the money changers he actually healed the sick. You can ask your family members how they would have felt had they been there to witness those miracles, and how the sick people must have felt to get comfort after so much pain and misery. As an activity, make Get Well Soon cards for sick family or friends, and mail or deliver them as a family. (or even make and deliver to a hospital? Call ahead and see what options there are?)

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