The Mystery of Jesus: The Road to Emmaus

Road to Emmaus

Objectives:

  • To recognize Deuteronomy 29:29
  • To list events of Luke 24: 13-35
  • To describe what God does when He “opens” someone’s eyes

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; 3-4 copies of different mystery children’s books

Geography: Jerusalem

Background: Jesus has died. He was placed in the tomb. The disciples were scared out of their wits and were hiding in some room somewhere. Then Sunday morning came and the women reported that the stone was rolled away and that there was no body in the tomb. Peter and John ran to the tomb to see for themselves. Then all of the disciples locked themselves in the room. After all, would the Romans or Sanhedrin be after them next?

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The Passion of Jesus

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Objectives:

  • To list events from Luke 23:26-56 and John 19:17-42
  • To recognize that Jesus willingly went to the cross
  • To compare and contrast the thieves and Jesus

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; a picture or model of a lamb

Geography: Jerusalem

Background: The ministry of Jesus is at an end. After three years of traveling, preaching, teaching, healing, and casting out demons, the Jewish leaders arrested Jesus through the help of Judas, one of Jesus’ own disciples. After a mock trial, beatings, mockings, and betrayal, Jesus carried His own cross as far as He could. He was unrecognizable after the beatings. His blood flowed down his body and into the sand as he struggled up the hill called Calvary. Can you picture it?

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Jesus and the Last Supper ~ Passover Object Lesson

Last Supper

Objectives:

  • To list activities that take place during the feast of Passover
  • To recognize the connection between the Exodus, the Passover, and Jesus {John 13-17, Matthew 26:14-30
  • To experience the Passover meal

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; plate; wooden spoon; large bowl; candle; 4 nice cups; napkin; motza; small bowl of salt water; parsley; boiled egg; horseradish; lamb bone; Charoset}

Geography: Jerusalem

Background: Jesus knew His time had come. After the Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, the Pharisees were ready to see Jesus die, and they received help from Judas Iscariot. Jerusalem is swarming with people as the Passover feast was about to begin.

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A Jesus and Lazarus Science Lesson ~ John 11: 1- 46

Lazarus

Objectives:

  • To list amazing actions that God/Jesus has done
  • To recognize that Jesus has power over everything, including death
  • To recognize that God can, and will, glorify Himself in any circumstance

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; plate; small amount of milk; food coloring; dish soap; children’s version of the Bible [I used the #2 Milk Trick from this site. I was not able to get my experiment to do like this one, but the initial spreading of the colors was pretty cool and had a "wow" factor to it. Practice before. If you can't get it to work, choose a different simple science experiment OR show the video.]science experiment

Geography: Bethany

Background: Jesus did some amazing things and His ministry grew. The multitudes would come from miles around to have Him heal the sick and diseased. Jesus started preaching and teaching the people about heaven, the Father, and how to live. They didn’t understand though. Even the disciples were quick to ask for Jesus to explain what He had taught.

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Jesus is the Good Shepherd ~ Book and Comparison Activity

Good Shepherd

Objectives:

  • To tell events of Jesus’ message about being a Good Shepherd {John 10}
  • To list characteristics of sheep and shepherds
  • To compare the Good Shepherd to the thief and hired hand

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; For the younger children, I drew little pictures that included a sheep pin, a door, a shepherd, and a thief; a children’s book on the 23rd Psalm

Geography: Jerusalem

Background: Jesus healed the blind man and caused upheaval among the Jewish Leadership. But as more and more people follow Jesus, the Pharisees want more and more to get rid of Him.

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Jesus Healed a Blind Man ~ John 9 Object Lesson

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Objectives:

  • To tell events of Jesus healing the blind man {John 9}
  • To recognize that the Jewish Leaders were plotting against Jesus
  • To consider what is meant by “Putting God in a box.”

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; play dough; play dough mold

Geography: Jerusalem

Background: Jesus was in Jerusalem to celebrate a feast. More and more people were following Him and bringing the sick and diseased for Him to heal. The words that Jesus taught showed an authority that baffled many and they wondered if He could be the Christ. The Jewish Leaders continued to watch Jesus and engaged in conversations where they might trap Him saying something wrong. Nicodemus, the one who had come to Jesus at night, argued for Jesus and against the Pharisees at one point. The Bible tells us that Nicodemus became “one of them”, which would be a follower of Jesus.

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The Hamburger of Happiness~ A Beatitudes Object Lesson

Beatitudes

Objectives:

  • To list the Beatitudes from Matthew 5:1-12
  • To recognize that the church behaves differently than the world
  • To recognize that persecution will take place in a Christian’s life

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; a glass; vegetable oil; food coloring; water; [If students are doing this one their own, they will need paper and crayons. If you are teaching this to a group, you will need posterboard, markers, crayons, and velcro.] You will want to make the “hamburger” ahead of time. or you can have your students create their own and add the beatitudes as you go through the lesson. Be sure to put 2 beatitudes for the “meat” layer.

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Geography: Sea of Galilee

Background: Jesus was still in the beginning years of His ministry. He fed the 5,000, walked on water, and healed people by the hundreds. More and more people were coming to see what He was about. His time still “had not come.” Therefore, He continued to slip away when the religious leaders caused issues.

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Jesus is the Bread ~ {Feeding the 5,000} Object Lesson

Jesus is the Bread

Objectives:

  • To tell events of Jesus feeding the 5,000; walking on water {John 6}jesus_ministry
  • To recognize that Jesus is the Bread of Life
  • To recognize that Jesus is omniscient

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; a roll, or small loaf of bread {I used a bagel. It was all I had!}, two fish

Geography: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum

Background: Jesus left Cana and went back to Jerusalem for a feast. While there, Jesus went near the pool of Bethesda. Jesus walked by the pool and noticed a lame man. He had been lame for 38 years. Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to be healed?” The man responded that yes, he did want to be healed, but that no one would help him into the pool when it stirred. Someone would always get there ahead of him. Jesus replied, “Take up your bed and walk.” The man did just as Jesus said. After this the Leaders persecuted Jesus because He had done things on the Sabbath.

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Jesus Healing the Lame Man ~ Object Lesson

Jesus healing

Objectives:

  • To tell events of Jesus healing the lame man at the pool {John 5:1-18}
  • To recognize that the Sabbath was made for man
  • To claim that Jesus has power over sickness

Materials: Inductive Bible Study Form; bowl of water; 1 volunteer

Geography: Jerusalem

Background: There was a wedding in Cana. Mary, Jesus’ mother, Jesus and His disciples were at the wedding feast. Jesus turned the water into wine. Then He went back to Cana. A royal official came to Jesus. This official begged Jesus to come with him and heal his sick son, for he was close to death. Jesus did not go with the official. Instead, Jesus told the man, “Go, your son lives.” The official’s servants met him on the way home and told him that his son was well.

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Jesus’ First Miracles ~ Object Lesson

Jesus' First Miracles

Objectives:

  • To tell events of Jesus’ first two miracles, or signs (John 2:1-11; 4:46-54)
  • To claim that Jesus has power over nature
  • To claim that Jesus has power over sickness

Materials: wedding veil (wedding pictures)

Geography: Galilee, Cana

Background: After the Passover, Jesus started having some issues with the Pharisees, so He decided to leave the area of Judah and go back to Galilee. He went through Samaria. There he met a woman. This woman had a history of not making wise decisions. Jesus had an amazing conversation with her. The disciples came back and were amazed to find Jesus speaking to this woman. The woman left her water jar, ran to town, and said, “Come meet the man who has told me everything I have ever done. Can this be the Christ?” The whole town went out to meet Jesus.

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