Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
ENVIRONMENT AID: Jesus knew the future and he was ready to prepare his friends for it. Consider setting up a business boardroom. Use a chalkboard or dry erase board or laptop/screen for brainstorming/note taking. You might designate students to be CEO, CFO, President, Chairman of the Board, VP of Human Resources, etc. Choose a goal for your group dependent on the age range of your students. You might have a goal of world peace and be the President’s cabinet. You might be a league of Super Heroes trying to defeat an enemy. You might be the CDC trying to eradicate a certain disease or a humanitarian organization trying to feed the world’s hungry.
- On your board, write “GOAL: _____________”
- Brainstorm possible plans to achieve the goal.
As they enter, say:
We’ve got a huge goal to talk about today. Come on in and get straight to work planning …
LOOKING AT THE WORD: Have each student open the bible to the text for the day. Read it aloud. Then ask, the journalist’s questions
- Who is in our story today?
- Where are we? When does this take place? What has just happened?
- What happens? What is the conflict or problem in our story today? Is there more than one conflict?
- How does Jesus solve the problem?
- How do the characters react?
I WONDER DISCUSSION:
I wonder when Jesus knew about or understood the Father’s full plan for him?
I wonder what God’s goal was …
I wonder if Jesus knew how Peter would react?
I wonder how the disciples felt about this cross and resurrection? Were they shocked, confused, disappointed, afraid …
I wonder how I might have felt if I’d heard Jesus say that he would die and rise again …
I wonder how it felt to have Jesus say, “Get behind me Satan” …
I wonder how it felt to hear Jesus say “Take up your cross … follow me … lose your life to save it?”
I wonder what my cross is … If Jesus’ cross was the Father’s plan for him, then what is the Father’s plan for me?
ATTRIBUTES OF GOD:
Do you have a list of God’s attributes and/or names displayed in your classroom? If not, then considering starting one this week. You may want to highlight
TEACHER. OMNISCIENT. LAMB OF GOD. ALPHA AND OMEGA.
If you have used the Children’s Catechism Q/As for prior memory work, then refer to these –
DOES GOD KNOW ALL THINGS? YES. NOTHING CAN BE HID FROM GOD.
CAN GOD DO ALL THINGS? YES. GOD CAN DO ALL HIS HOLY WILL.
WHY SHOULD YOU GLORIFY GOD? BECAUSE HE MADE ME AND TAKES CARE OF ME.
If you have charted how Jesus shows himself to be both MAN and GOD as you read through Mark, then add phrases or events from today’s passage.
HE KNOWS THE FUTURE? HE DIES?
CREATIVE RESPONSE: Many worship services end with a charge and blessing to go back out into the world. Go back to the “drawing board” and erase what you had written at the beginning of class. Your goal now is
GOAL: GO IN PEACE TO LOVE AND SERVE THE WORLD
Jesus’ words in our text today seem pointed, direct, and challenging. Take up our cross? Lose our life to find it? The charge to love and serve the world may feel overwhelming. If we take them in the full light of scripture, then we must also receive his encouragement. Consider playing a song like one of these before brainstorming how your group may love and serve the world.
Or, if you have not “buried your alleluia” for Lent – try this one!