God is a covenant-making God:He makes promises with His people, and He keeps them!
A Covenant is:
2 parties/people 1 (e.g. marriage)
What’s mine is yours; what’s yours is mine
Someone hurt you = someone hurting me
For life; till death do us part
Usually signed by blood or exchange of personal belongings (e.g. wedding rings)
B. The Cross Exchange
At the Cross, the New Covenant was cut and an important exchange took place!
Jesus took our sin and all the bad we deserved so that we could have all His good!
Isaiah 53:5-6But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all.
What happened at the Cross? (get the older kids to refer/read out the scripture verses; for younger kids, just focus on the key words in the exchange)
Jesus was PUNISHED so that we might be FORGIVEN (Isa 53:6)
Jesus was WOUNDED so that we might be HEALED (Isa 53:5b)
Jesus was made SIN that we might be RIGHTEOUS (2 Cor 4:21)
Jesus DIED that we might be ALIVE (Isa 53:12b)
Jesus was CURSED that we might be BLESSED (Gal 3:13-14)
Jesus became POOR so that we might be RICH (2 Cor 8:9)
Jesus was SHAMED that we might be GLORIFIED (Isa 53:3)
Jesus was FORSAKEN that we might be ACCEPTED (Matt 27:46; Eph 1:5-6)
What is the result of the Cross Exchange?
An Exchanged Life!
Our old life is GONE. We live Jesus’ life in us!
Gal 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Thank you Jesus!
2. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES
Print out the various pictures for each “Exchange”. Have each kid hold one “Bad”. Teacher will hold all the “Good” as Jesus. Kids will come up one by one to exchange their “Bad” with Jesus’ “Good”.