The Cross (Luke 23:1-56)
- Beaded Cross (Christian Crafters)
- Wordless Gospel (Godly Ladies)
- Printable Stations of the Cross (Drawn 2 B Creative)
- Torn Paper Cross (Sunday School Kids)
- Paper Plate Cross (Godly Ladies)
- Easter Resurrection Garden (Godly Ladies)
- String Object Lesson (Let the Little Children Come)
- Easter Egg Toss Game (Easy Breezy Sunday School)
- Easter in a Jar (4 Kids 2 Guineapigs)
- Flax Cross (Crafts a la Mode)
- Lent in a Box (JM Rock Hill)
- String Art (Sunhats and Wellieboots)
- Stations of the Cross Eggs (Catholic Icing)
- Printable Easter Bible Verses (The Crafty Classroom)
- Bible Verse Pull Apart Egg (The Growing Creatives)
- Stained Glass Window Cross (Crafty Morning)
- Printable Jellybean Poem (Mommy Snippets)
- Cup Tomb (Jesus Withouth Language)
- Garden Tomb Cookies (The English Kitchen)
- Egg Dying (Skip to My Lou)
- Printable Moving Story (I Pinimg)
- Lego Garden (Frugal Fun 4 Boys)
Christ the King (Luke 23:33-43)
In today's gospel reading of the crucifixion, we hear the soldiers shouting at Jesus - 'If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” These activities are taken from a previous gospel reading about Jesus being a king, and you might want to draw that out in your discussion and activities today.
What do you think of royalty?
When you think of royalty, of kings and queens, what comes to mind? We asked this in our church service, and sharing ideas and feedback from all ages. It was fascinating how negative the conversation was, sharing views of 'a redundant monarchy', to 'colonialism', to 'rich and opulent'.
The next question we asked was: What about Jesus being a king? The Bible uses many words to describe Jesus, but one of them is a king. King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Prince of Peace. With those reflections in mind, how do we feel with Jesus being a king? And what about our identities as sons and daughters of a king?
I wonder questions
Christ the King!
What you need: Crown (cardboard and foil) (you can use real crown or pictures of a crown)
What you do: Show the crown and say something like, “What is this?” That’s right, it’s a crown. Do you know who gets to wear crowns like this? (Allow different answers). Those people are called royalty- kings and queens and princes and princesses. We have a queen. What’s her name? (Allow answer). What do you think queens and kings do? (allow answers). Those are good answers.
Today is Christ the King Sunday. That means it’s the day when we think about Jesus being our king. Kings and queens are rulers, they help govern and lead their people. Jesus is a king because he’s our ruler. He doesn’t live in a palace or meet with other important leaders in the world. But like Queen Elizabeth, he was born to rule. The thing is, even though he’s a king, we have to choose to let him be our king. He wants us to let him be the ruler in our lives. It’s easy to want to do things our way and to be our own boss, but Jesus doesn’t want to boss us around. He’s not that kind of king. Instead Jesus wants us to let him gently lead us into doing good things, loving others and asking him for help. He wants us to choose to let him be king and help govern our lives.
Christ the King Drama
What you need:
Pilate: “Are you the king of the Jews?”
Jesus: “Is that your own question, or did others tell you about me?”
Pilate: “I am not a Jew. It was your own people and their leading priests who brought you before me. What have you done wrong?”
Jesus: “My kingdom does not belong to this world. If it belonged to this world, my servants would have fought to keep me from being given over to the Jewish leaders. But my kingdom is from another place.”
Pilate: “So you are a king!”
Jesus: “You say that I am a king. That is true. I was born for this: to tell people about the truth. That is why I came into the world. And everyone who belongs to the truth listens to me.
Make a pretzel crown of thorns, covered in chocolate. Instructions here
Here we are at the last Sunday of the Church year: Christ the King. What do we do with this feast? Should we call Christ "King" when Jesus doesn't ever use that term? Why do we suddenly have the crucifixion scene just before we start Advent? Join Esther, John, Anne and Michael as they explore themes of the Kingdom.
A beautiful linocut print from Rev Sarah West from Visio Lectio
A servant king
If you have a moment, google 'Jesus king' on Google images and see what pictures come up. Probably lot of revelation type images with Jesus on a throne, many angels around him, a crown resembling something from the Tower of London, and a lot of sun rays.
In juxtaposition, Jesus is described as a servant king. A king who comes to serve and to save the lost. This king is humble, loving, lays down his power and authority. This kingdom is about kinship, about love.
This upbeat kids worship song, 'Jesus is the King', gives a special shout out to New Zealand!