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Day 7 – The Jewish Sabbath {Christ Centered Easter Week}

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{If you would like the main post to this series with all the activities for the week in one location, be sure to check it out HERE.}

Saturday, Day 7 – The Jewish Sabbath

Song: I Believe in Christ, no 134

Scriptures:

Matthew 27:62-66

62 Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate,

63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

64 Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

65 Pilate said unto them, Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

66 So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.

Luke 23: 56 – And they returned, and prepared spices and ointments; and rested the sabbath day according to the commandment.

Discussion:

1. Talk about how in Mark 2:27-28 Jesus taught that “the sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.” Why did Christ have to clarify that? {Some Jewish leaders were overzealous in keeping the 4th commandment to keep the sabbath day holy by making unnecessary rules about the Sabbath. They decided how far people could walk, what kind of knots they could tie, etc. This was one of the main reasons why the Jewish leaders were mad with Christ – that he healed sick people on the Sabbath, to which Christ reminded them that the Sabbath day was made for the benefit of man.}

The Lord has given us a direct commandment in these days that we too should honor Sunday, the Lord’s day, as our Sabbath (see D&C 59:12). How can the remembrance of the Resurrection influence our worship on the Sabbath?

2. Christ died and after 3 days rose from the grave. Read D&C 138:36-37 to find out what Christ did in between His death and His resurrection.

Activity:

1. Family Easter Egg Hunt or Easter Party

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Have a fun Easter Egg hunt, and bring up the symbolism of Easter Eggs from Day 4.

2. Carnation Object Lesson

{Preparation: Right before this, I dumped out the red food coloring out of the vase and replaced it with clear, clean water.}

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Scripture: 1 John 1: 7  – But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Show the children the red carnation that had soaked up all the red food coloring into its petals. These petals are a symbol of the atonement. Because of Christ’s atonement, and because of His blood, He was able to cleanse us from sin. Jesus was perfect, and because of that He was literally able to take upon him all of our sins and give us a way to return back to Heavenly Father. I pointed out how the water was now clear, because the flower (or Jesus) took all the sins (red colored water) upon himself. I ended with my testimony of the atonement.

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Closing Song: Beautiful Savior, Children’s Songbook, page 62