Editor’s note: Today’s devotion is slightly adapted from a family devotion packet that accompanies the This Is Love Family Activity Magnet. CTA has written six FREE, reproducible Easter devotions just like this one. You can send them home for families to use in their personal devotions, use them in your Sunday school, or make them part of your Easter outreach event.
It’s so good to see everyone here today! I’m so glad you came to learn more about Jesus’ love for you!
Today, I need you to use your imaginations. Imagine a friend said this to you, “It’s my birthday!” What would you say? (Let volunteers comment.)
Suppose your friend also said, “I’m having a party! I want you to come!” What would you say? (Let volunteers comment.)
Now, suppose your friend said, “Bring other kids along. Anyone you want!” What would you do? How many friends would you invite? (Let volunteers comment.)
Today we are going to talk about the word witness. When we witness, we tell what we know about Jesus. The first believers were witnessesto everything Jesus said and did for us. They told other people who told other people who told other people who witnessed to other people and so on until finally, someone witnessedto us. Here are some of the most important things we know about Jesus because of their witness:
Jesus died for us. He rose again. God gives us the gifts of repentance and faith in Jesus. When he does that, we can do a U-turn; we can turn from our sins and believe in the Savior. In humility, Jesus put us first! He is in heaven right now, preparing a home for us. Jesus is our Forever Friend and Savior.
Listen to the story I am going to read. See if you can decide who the witnesses in this story are. Remember, witnessestell what they know. (Read Acts 12:1–18, preferably from a children’s Bible.)
How exciting! So which people in this story told what they knew? (Let volunteers comment.) Rhoda heard Peter knocking, didn’t she? Who believed her? (At first, no one.) Still, Rhoda kept on telling. Finally, the grown-ups went to unlock the door. In an important way, Rhoda was a witness. She told what she knew.
Why was Peter in jail in the first place? Yes, because he was witnessingabout Jesus. Did Herod believe Peter? No. Did the guards who arrested Peter believe him? No. But Peter kept on telling what he knew. He kept on witnessing.
Rhoda was just a little girl, but she told what she knew. You are “just kids” like Rhoda. But you can tell what you know about Jesus. What do you know about Jesus? (Let volunteers comment.)
Whether people believe you or not, you can keep on witnessing.Jesus will help you do that.
Let’s pray: Dear Jesus, you died for us and rose again. You are our kind, good Savior. Someday, we will celebrate your love in the joy of heaven, joy that will never, ever end! Help us invite as many people as we can to join us in that celebration. Give us the courage and faith we need. We love you, Jesus! Amen.
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