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Day 3 – Parables & Teachings {Christ Centered Easter Week}

Easter-Week

{If you would like to see the original post with all the ideas in one location, you can view it HERE.}

Opening Song: Love One Another, Children’s Song Book pg 136

Lesson:

Jesus knew that the end of his life was near. If you only had one week to live, what would you do? How would you spend you time? Who would you spend your time with? What would you say to them?

Jesus spent his last few days on earth with his disciples, and taught them many important principles. He spent time teaching in the temple and on the mount of olives.

He spent time teaching with parables. What is a parable? {A simple story Christ used to show a spiritual or moral lesson} Why did Jesus use parables as a teaching method? {Luke 8:10 – Jesus used parables to cover the real meaning of the story to people that were not ready to hear it. The true meaning behind a parable would only make sense to people who have strong faith and understanding, while those who were not spiritual would only see it as a story. “Only he who seeks – finds”}

He also taught new doctrine and commandments to his disciples, which is one of the reasons why many religious parties of the Jews were upset with him.

Discuss a few teachings and parables that Jesus shared with his disciples. (We only did one activity, not all 3. I thought I would include other activity ideas in case it was useful to someone.)

1. Love One Another

Scripture:

Matthew 22: 36 – 39

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Discuss: What did Jesus Say was the greatest commandment? (1. Love God. 2. Love they neighbour as thyself – or love others.) Do you think its important to be kind and loving to others, since Jesus said it was the greatest commandment? What can we do to show more love to our neighbours?

Activity:
Make a “Love One Another” Sign! Write love notes to each other, and put it up on the wall for the family to read. If you have room, you can continue to write love notes to each other through out the week.

kiddos

writing

sign

helping hand

pointing

{And in case you were wondering where our little guy was, he was there – trying with all his might to draw all over himself, steal cookies, and climb up to see the action. Haha. He poured water down his front at dinner, so he had a little too much temptation I guess with markers with all that extra belly skin.}

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Some other ideas for the night.

1. The Widow’s Mite:

Scriptures:

Mark 12:41-44

41 And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much.

42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing.

43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:

44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.

Video: {Again, with all videos – if it doesn’t show up the first time, hit refresh and it should show up}

Discuss: What did the rich people in the story cast into the church treasury? {a lot of money}. What did the widow put in the treasury? {a mite – is a very small amount of money.} Why did Jesus say that she offered more than the rich people? {The rich people put in a lot of money, but the widow was very poor and put in everything she had, even all her income.} What does that teach us?

Activity: Do a spin on our TITHING SKITTLE LESSON. Give children a different number of skittles. (Make sure one only has 1 or 2 skittles, and others a lot). Talk about the difference between people who start off with a little and give everything back to mom and dad (or Heavenly Father), as opposed to those who start off with a lot of skittles to begin with and only give back 5. While they might technically have given more skittles than the person with less, when you look at how much they still have they actually weren’t sacrificing as much.

2. The Ten Virgins

Scriptures:

Matthew 25: 1 – 13
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

Video:

Discussion:

D&C 33:17 – “Be faithful, praying always, having your lamps trimmed and burning, and oil with you, that you may be ready at the coming of the Bridegroom”

Who do the 10 virgins represent? {Members of the Church} Who does the bridegroom represent? {Christ}. Who are the wise virgins? {Those who have received the truth and are prepared}. What does the wedding represent? {The coming of the Lord} Why were some of the virgins caught unprepared? {Jewish weddings usually began in the evening, so announcing the bridegroom was coming after midnight was a sudden and unexpected announcement} Discuss how we don’t know when Christ will return for the 2nd coming, but we should prepare for it as though it could be any time. What does the oil in their lamps represent? {faith and testimony, purity & dedication, good works, keeping covenants} Why couldn’t the wise virgins share their oil with the foolish virgins? {because the oil of spiritual preparedness cannot be shared}

Quote:
“Attendance at sacrament meetings adds oil to our lamps, drop by drop over the years. Fasting, family prayer, home teaching, control of bodily appetites, preaching the gospel, studying the scriptures—each act of dedication and obedience is a drop added to our store. Deeds of kindness, payment of offerings and tithes, chaste thoughts and actions, marriage in the covenant for eternity—these, too, contribute importantly to the oil with which we can at midnight refuel our exhausted lamps.” – President Spencer W. Kimball

Activities: Check out THESE awesome ideas from Sugardoodle.Com. There are a ton of AWESOME ones on there. I really liked the idea of making the paper plate oil lamps.

There are a lot of great ideas. I’ll keep adding to them each year, I hope.

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