I’m so glad you came today! To start, let’s think about what it means to change. Let’s say that you move into a new house. The walls in your new room are painted a dark grey. You ask your mom, “Can’t we change these walls to orange or yellows or green?” And maybe over the weekend, everyone in your family pitches in to paint your room a new color.
Or let’s say your baby brother or sister or cousin starts to cry. An adult may pick the baby up and change the baby’s diaper.
Or, what if, as you ride down the road, you hear a loud BANG?! The car is suddenly hard to steer. The driver needs to pull to the side of the road and change the tire.
When we “change,” we take away something—like boring paint, a dirty diaper, or a flat tire. And we put something new and much better in its place—a paint color we like, a clean diaper, a safe tire.
The love that Jesus showed for us by dying for us changes a lot of things. For instance, it changes our ability to love others. One of the things Jesus said as he hung on the cross shows us this. Listen!
When Jesus saw his mother standing there beside [John], the disciple he loved, [Jesus] said to her, “Dear woman, here is your son.” And he said to this disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from then on this disciple took her into his home (John 19:26–27 NLT).
John could have thought, “My home is barely big enough for me and my family. How am I supposed to buy food for her? This is going to be a lot of trouble and work!”
But John didn’t say that. He took Mary home and cared for her “from then on,” the Bible says. John knew Jesus’ love was real and true. Jesus’ love changed John’s heart. It took out the selfishness and put kindness and caring in its place.
Jesus wants to change our lives in that way, too. He wants to take away the selfishness and put kindness and caring in our hearts instead. That happens when we trust Jesus’ love for us more and more:
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins (1 John 4:10 NLT).
Let’s pray about that: Dear Jesus, we don’t always love other people the way you love us. Forgive us! Then change our hearts, Lord Jesus. Make us more and more kind, helpful, forgiving, and caring. Make us more like you! Amen.
Editor’s note: Will you be celebrating Holy Week with the children in your ministry? Check out CTA’s kidmin resources like the Palm Sunday weaving activity kit and the Good Friday accordion-fold booklet with stickers.
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