Dig In at Home - 30 March

Jesus Is Crucified

Mark 15:21-47

After being convicted despite his innocence, Jesus carries his cross up the hill. Soldiers nail Jesus to the cross. Darkness falls on the land for three hours as Jesus hangs on the cross. When he dies, it causes an earthquake. Jesus did all of this to take our punishment. Jesus loves us so much that he died for us.

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life John 3:16

Family Together Time

Try this fun experiment as a family. Make sure an adult handles all the chemicals.

- Fill three glasses halfway: one with water, one with iodine, and one with bleach.

- Imagine that the water is us. Pour some iodine into the water to represent how sin makes us dirty.

- Add some more water. Talk about ways people try to get rid of their own sin.

- Add bleach. Talk about how Jesus died on the cross to forgive our sins.

- Pour the iodine into the bleach to show how Jesus took on everyone’s sins but remained perfect.

- Thank Jesus for forgiving our sins.

Talk About This…

- What’s something people can do that’s a good way to show you love?

- What’s a food you love?

- What’s a song you love?

- What’s a TV show you love?

- We say we love these things because we enjoy them so much. But what does love really mean? Let’s play a game to find out.

Discuss and Watch

We’re learning that Jesus loves us so much that he died for us. Love is a word we use a lot. You might love a song, a food, or a new movie. Let’s talk about things we love.

Watch “How Much Do You Love It?”

- Explain why it did or didn’t change your mind to think about giving up your life for something you said you loved.

- What does it show about Jesus that he was willing to die for you?

Read Romans 5:7-8. Jesus loves us so much that he died for us. The Bible says that’s not something most people would be willing to do. Let’s thank him for his love.

Pray: Jesus, thank you for loving us so much that you were willing to give up your life for us. Thank you for showing us what true love is. In your name, amen.

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Dig In at Home - 29 March

Jesus Is Put on Trial

Mark 15:6-15;

Jesus is put on trial before Pilate, the Roman governor. Pilate bows to pressure when the crowd chants “Crucify him!” Soldiers mock Jesus by putting a scarlet robe and a crown of thorns on him. They hit him and spit on him. Because he suffered, Jesus understands suffering.

He was despised and rejected—a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care. Isaiah 53:3

Family Together Time

Try this fun experiment as a family.

- Fill a resealable plastic bag with water, and seal it tightly.

- Take turns sticking sharp pencils through the bag, naming a way you’ve suffered as you do.

- Even though you’ve made many holes in the bag, the water should stay in the bag as long as the pencils aren’t removed.

- Talk about the way Jesus endured suffering for us. How is that like what happened to the bag?

- Talk about how it can help knowing that Jesus understands your suffering.

Talk About This…

- What’s something tough in your life right now?

- Which of the feelings described is something you’ve felt?

- Tell about a specific time you felt one of those feelings. Share your own example first.

- How are negative feelings like being torn up?

- How did you feel hearing that Jesus understands all your hurts?

Discuss and Watch

Jesus went through a lot of suffering, so Jesus understands suffering. He understands what it’s like when we feel sad, lonely, or scared. As we watch this reflective video, think about how you relate to what the kids are saying. Watch “I Understand.”

When instructed, pause the video, and discuss these questions.

When you feel sad, scared, or lonely, you’re not the only one. Other people have felt that way, too. But no other person can completely understand your hurts…except Jesus. Play the rest of “I Understand.”

Jesus really does understand our hurts because he went through everything that video talked about. He’s been ignored. His friends walked away from him. Not everyone picks him. People made fun of him and laughed at him. And he even went through more than that—people whipped him and hurt him. Jesus understands suffering, and he can bring understanding and healing when we feel hurt.

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Dig in at Home - 28 March

Jesus Is Betrayed and Arrested

Mark 14:43-52

As Jesus is praying in a garden, a crowd of Jesus’ enemies approaches, including one of his own disciples—Judas. Judas helps the enemies arrest Jesus. Although Jesus’ disciples are willing to fight, Jesus stops them. Jesus loves even his enemies.

But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! Matthew 5:44

Family Together Time

Try this fun experiment as a family!

- Fill a 2-liter bottle all the way to the brim with water.

- Drop a sealed ketchup packet in the bottle.

- Screw the lid on tight.

- Work together to squeeze the bottle, then release. What happens to the ketchup packet?

- Talk about times “enemies” (or mean people) have done things that brought us down.

- Talk about how letting go of anger and showing Jesus’ love can lift us back up!

Talk About This…

- Tell about someone who’s hard to love.

- Tell about a time someone was mean to you. Share your own example first.

- The kids in the video shared about a lot of enemies, like foxes, mosquitoes, no one, bullies, and kids at school. Which of the answers is one you might give, too?

- The kids in the video shared a lot of ideas for how to show love to an enemy. Which ones do you think you could do the next time someone’s mean to you?

- At the end of the video, one girl said she’d show love to her enemy because “This would make me feel happy. I think it would make her feel happy, too.” What do you think about the idea of making an enemy feel happy?

Discuss and Watch

We’re learning that Jesus loves even his enemies. Jesus’ enemies were very mean to him.

Let’s watch a video to see who other kids think of when they think of enemies.

Watch “Who’s Your Enemy?”

Even if you don’t have a human enemy, like some of the kids in the video, we’ll all have times people are mean to us. For those moments, they might feel like an enemy. But Jesus loves even his enemies, and he can help us do the same.

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Dig in at Home - 27 March

Jesus Washes His Disciples’ Feet

John 13:1-17

It’s the night before Jesus is going to be killed on a cross. He gathers his disciples for the Passover meal. Before it begins, he washes all of their feet, which is a servant’s job. He wants to teach them—and us—one last lesson before his death. Jesus shows us how to serve.

I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you John 13:15

Family Together Time

Use this unique twist on foot washing to get your family members serving each other.

- Have everyone get his or her dirtiest pair of shoes.

- Have everyone trade the dirty pairs of shoes.

- Wash each other’s shoes over a sink or tub. Scrub the bottoms of the shoes until they look as good as new!

- Get your shoes back and talk about what it was like serving each other that way.

- Talk about when it’s fun to serve and when it’s kind of gross.

Talk About This…

- What’s your favorite chore? Why?

- We’re learning that Jesus shows us how to serve. When you watch Jesus in action, what can you learn about serving?

- Besides washing feet, how can you follow Jesus’ example?

Discuss and Watch

In our Bible story today, Jesus washed his disciples’ feet. Let’s watch it happening!

Watch “Dirty Feet.”

In the video, we saw the disciples passing on Jesus’ example by washing feet all around the world! But Jesus didn’t mean to follow his example that specifically. He meant to serve others, even if it’s a yucky job!

Jesus shows us how to serve. He did the job of a servant when he washed his disciples’ feet. And he told his disciples to follow his example! We can pass on Jesus’ example of serving when we serve others.

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Dig in at Home - 26 March

The Plot to Kill Jesus

Mark 14:1-11

The religious leaders are plotting to kill Jesus. One of Jesus’ 12 disciples, Judas, finds the religious leaders and offers to help them. They offer him money to help them arrest Jesus, and Judas agrees. Jesus knows what it’s like to be hurt by a friend.

Now Jesus was deeply troubled, and he exclaimed, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray me!’ John 13:21.

Family Together Time

Use this fun game to get your kids talking about their struggles in friendships.

- Have everybody draw or write about mean things friends have done to them.

- As you write or draw, talk to each other about what you’re putting on your paper.

- Ask your kids follow-up questions, and avoid judgmental statements.

- Crumple all the papers and throw them at a target, such as a door or window.

- Talk about how it feels to be the target of mean words or actions, especially from friends.

- Remind your kids that Jesus knows what it’s like to be a target.

- Encourage your kids to keep talking to you and God as they face challenges in friendship.

- Remind your kids that home is a safe place to share.

Talk About This…

- What’s the meanest thing a friend could do to you?

- Tell about a time you had to make a choice to be loyal to a friend—or not. Share your own example first.

- What would’ve been in it for Jacob if he’d gone to hang out with Brian?

- What would it have cost Jacob to hang out with Brian instead of Ethan?

Watch and Discuss

In today’s Bible story, Jesus’ friend Judas went behind Jesus’ back to hurt him. He worked with Jesus’ enemies! Jesus knows what it’s like to be hurt by a friend.

Let’s watch a video about a boy who had a choice like that. Let’s see if he chooses to betray his friend, like Judas did, or stick with his friend.

Watch “Friendship Ride.”

Brian was one of the cool kids. Jacob could’ve been more popular if he’d chosen to betray his friend. But he would’ve lost his best friend! That’s kind of like Judas—he lost his best friend just to make a little money. In the end, it wasn’t worth it to him. But because Jesus went through that, Jesus knows what it’s like to be hurt by a friend. If you have friends who choose being “cool” over hanging out with you, you can turn to Jesus because he understands.

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Dig In at Home - 25 March

Jesus’ Triumphant Entry

Matthew 21:1-11

Jesus and his friends head to Jerusalem. Two disciples get there first and borrow a donkey colt for Jesus to ride. He rides triumphantly down the road, and the crowds spread branches and robes in his path. They call out praises, declaring that Jesus is the King.

For, at just the right time Christ will be revealed from heaven by the blessed and only almighty God, the King of all kings and Lord of all lords 1 Timothy 6:15

Through the Week

- One day this week, lay some old towels along a hallway or common area of your house.

- Whenever you pass by or walk on the path, remember that King Jesus lives in your house!

- Praise him!

- At the end of the day, pick up the towels and talk together about how you can honor Jesus as a King all the time.

- What would be the best part about being a king or queen?

- What do you see?

- What do you hear?

Talk About This…

Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning about the time Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. People praised Jesus because they realized that Jesus is the King!

Close your eyes and imagine the scene of Jesus riding into Jerusalem.

Let’s watch a video where a couple of kids re-create the scene. We’ll see how they picture it.

Watch “Small People Productions.”

- How did this production compare to what you pictured?

There probably weren’t rubber chickens on Palm Sunday. And I’m pretty sure a giant dog…er…colt…didn’t try to eat Jesus! But people did praise Jesus and put their coats on the road to treat him like a king. And we can do the same because Jesus is the King!

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Dig In at Home - 18 March

Jesus Calls Disciples

Mark 1:16-20; John 1:35-51

Jesus calls four fishermen to follow him. They immediately leave their nets to follow him. Jesus also calls Philip, who recruits his friend Nathanael. Nathanael is impressed by Jesus’ knowledge of him. Jesus changes all of these men’s lives, and Jesus can change our lives, too.

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Corinthians 5:17

A New Creation

Repurpose trash to show how Jesus can make us new.

- Go through your trash and recycling to find clean trash items. No banana peels or dirty tissues!

- Grab some tape, glue, and scissors.

- Make new creations out of the old trash.

- Read together 2 Corinthians 5:17.

- Show off your new creations and talk about:

- How did you think of ways to use old things in a new way?

- What are some ways Jesus makes us new?

Through the Week

Here’s an activity you can do throughout the week.

- To start, cut out 1-inch squares of paper in different colors, and arrange them like pixels to create artwork. Tape the pixels onto a wall or fridge by rolling up tape on the back.

- Throughout the week, family members can rearrange the pixels to make new art.

- At the end of the week, talk about what you saw, using these questions.

- What are some changes you noticed in our art throughout the week?

- What are some changes you made?

- Which changes were your favorite?

- What are some things you’ve seen Jesus change about you?

Family Discussion

- What’s exciting to you about change?

- What’s scary to you about change?

- What do you think Jesus might want to change in your life?

Watch and Discuss

As you think about change, what are changes that seem scary to you?

- Each share about a change that might seem scary to you.

- What about a good change? Each share a kind of change would seem good or even exciting to you?

What seems like a scary change to some people might seem fun or exciting to others. Whether or not we like change, it’s all around us! Let’s watch a video to help us see what change might look like.

Watch “Reflections on Change.”

We could see changes in nature through this video—and it was fun to see how fast things changed! But what about that last question on the video? It said, “Jesus can change our lives. What does that look like?”

- What do you think it looks like when Jesus changes your life? Is it something you can see or not? Share your thoughts.

Now, play video again, and this time as you watch things changing in nature, talk to God about what he might be changing in your life. Ask him about what he’s changing and thank him that he has the power to make changes in our lives.

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​Dig In at Home – 11 March

Satan Tempts Jesus

Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13

Before he starts teaching and healing, Jesus takes 40 days of quiet time in the desert. When he's weak and hungry, Satan comes to Jesus and tries to tempt him in three ways. But Jesus shows us the right way, and he uses Bible verses to say no to temptation.

Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take. Proverbs 3:6

Choose Your Own Ending

Make up a story together to learn how other people make choices.

- Make up the beginning of a story together. For example, "I was walking down the street when I saw a $20 bill."

- Have each family member add a quick ending to the story.

- Each person will choose which one he or she likes best.

- Discuss how and why you made your choice.

- Repeat the activity a few times.

Talk about this question:

- What helps you make the right choice when you must choose between right and wrong?

Through the Week

Here's an activity you can do throughout the week.

- Cut arrows out of paper. If you'd like, have everyone help decorate them. You'll need enough arrows so that you have one for every room in your house.

- Hang the arrows around your house, in your car, or other places you frequently go.

- When you need a reminder that Jesus shows us the right way, look at one of the arrows and ask him for help showing you what to do.

Family Discussion

- What's the biggest temptation our family faces?

- What can you learn from how Jesus handled temptation?

- How can Jesus help you do the right thing when you're tempted?

Watch and Discuss https://vimeo.com/162131421

Sometimes we really, really, really want to do something that we know is wrong. We might feel tugged back and forth between doing what we know is right and doing what we know is wrong. That’s temptation!

We’re learning about a time Jesus was tempted. Let’s watch this video to see what happened.

Watch “The Temptation of Jesus.”

I’m going to ask a few questions about what’s important and what’s not important. If you think the answer to the question is “very important,” put your thumbs up, and if you think the answer is “not important,” put your thumbs down, or thumbs to the side/ middle if you aren’t sure. Jesus used parts of the Bible to help him get away from temptation.

- How important do you think it is to know parts of the Bible? Thumbs up or Thumbs down?Invite sharing about why.

- How important do you think it is that Jesus was tempted? Thumbs up or thumbs down? Invite sharing about why.

The devil sure is sneaky, and he twisted the truth to try to trick Jesus. It’s a good thing Jesus knew the truth and wasn’t tricked when the devil tried to tempt him. Jesus knows how it feels to be tempted because he was tempted, too, and Jesus shows us the right way when we’re tempted.

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Dig In at Home - 4 March

John Baptizes Jesus

Matthew 3; Luke 3:21-22

In today's Bible passage, John the Baptist baptizes people and preaches about Jesus. When Jesus comes, John baptizes Jesus. At Jesus' baptism, the skies open and God the Father announces that Jesus is his Son

Key Verse: And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” Matthew 3:17

We're Alike

Jesus is God's Son, so they are alike in many ways. See what similarities you can spot with household items.

- Gather 10-20 random items from around your house.

- Have family members take turns selecting two objects from the pile and saying ways they are alike. For example: They're both made of plastic; they're both kitchen tools.

- Talk about these questions:

- What are some ways each of us is like our parents?

- What do you know about Jesus now? How does that help you know about his Father, God?

Big Blessings

Try this at bedtime each night. Put your hand on your child's head and say, "You are my dearly loved [son or daughter], who brings me great joy."

- Ask your child what it means to hear a blessing from you.

- Talk about what it means that God said those words about Jesus.

- Read Galatians 3:26 as a family. Imagine God saying your name and telling you you're his son or daughter and that you bring him joy.

Family Discussion

- What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God?

- Imagine God saying, "[Your name], you are my dearly loved child." How do you feel about that?

Discuss and Watch

We’re learning about a guy named John who was a little bit different from other people—and who had a pretty amazing experience with Jesus. Let’s watch this video to see John’s story.

Watch “John Baptizes Jesus.” https://vimeo.com/162131414

- John shared the message “Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!” What do you think this means?

- Why do you think God wanted everyone to hear this message?

- Jesus is God’s Son. When we get to know Jesus, we get to know God. What do you know about Jesus that is also true about God?

John wanted everyone to have their hearts ready for Jesus. He wanted them to start thinking about what they were doing and how they were living. But it sounds like he was a little surprised when Jesus came and wanted to be baptized. Jesus said that this was what God wanted, so John agreed to baptize Jesus.

It must have been amazing when the sky opened up and a dove came down and landed on Jesus! And it must have been really amazing when everyone heard God’s voice say, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

It’s exciting to know that we can get to know God by getting to know Jesus. We know for sure that Jesus loves us—and that means God loves us, too!

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