Dig in at Home - 8 April

The Road to Emmaus

Luke 24:13-35

After Jesus comes back to life, he appears to two men walking along the road. He talks to them about the prophecies about himself, but they don’t realize they’re with Jesus. Finally, as he breaks bread, they recognize him. Jesus shows us who he is, just like he did for them.

Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And at that moment he disappearedLuke 24:31

Through the Week

- Choose a place where you can record Jesus sightings this week. (Jesus sightings are ways you see Jesus’ work in your life.)

- You might put sticky notes on the fridge or draw on the windows with dry erase mirrors. Or maybe you’ve got a big calendar you can mark up.

- Encourage everyone to find one Jesus sighting a day and write or draw about it in your Jesus sightings spot.

- At the end of the week, look at all of your Jesus sightings and share what you learned about who Jesus is by looking for him in your lives.

Talk About This…

- Where do you see Jesus in your life?

- Why do you think they might not have recognized him?

- What did you think each picture looked like?

- Why do you think the man always thought it looked like pizza?

- Tell about a time you were confused by looking at something. Share your own example first.

- How do people miss out on seeing Jesus today?

Discuss and Watch

When the people traveling to Emmaus saw Jesus, they didn’t recognize him at first. They thought he was just a regular guy.

Sometimes two people might look at the same thing and see something different. As you watch this video about a girl and her school project, think about what you see in each picture.

Watch “What Do You See?”

The third picture looked a lot like Jesus. The woman was convinced it was Jesus! But the man in the video didn’t see Jesus.

In the Bible, Jesus was right in front of the travelers, and they still didn’t recognize him. Today Jesus is at work in our lives all the time. But a lot of times we don’t recognize him at first. Jesus shows us who he is when we pay attention to him in our lives.

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Dig In at Home - 1 April

Jesus Rises From the Dead

John 20:1-18

In the greatest moment in history, Jesus came back to life! He showed his power over death. When his friends went to his tomb to prepare his body for burial, the body wasn’t there. That’s because Jesus was alive then, and Jesus is alive now!

I am the living one. I died, but look—I am alive forever and ever! Revelation 1:18

Family Together Time

Find signs of life as a family this week.

- Grab your phones or cameras and look for things that are alive this week. Take pictures. By the end of the week, see how many things on this list your family can photograph.

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- - dog

- - cat

- - tree

- - bird

- - possum

- - baby

- - bug

- - flower

- - fish

- - all your family members

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- Look at the pictures and talk about how you can tell what’s alive.

- Talk about how you can tell that Jesus is alive.

Talk About This…

- Besides Jesus, what’s your favorite thing that’s alive?

- What are some ideas you think people might’ve had about what happened?

- Why do you or don’t you believe the guard’s story?

- What makes Mary and John more believable?

Discuss and Watch

Today we’re learning that Jesus is alive now! Even though he died, Jesus came back to life. But it might’ve been confusing to figure out what happened at first.

Let’s watch a news broadcast from the tomb and learn some theories about what happened. Watch “Live From the Tomb.”

Jesus’ enemies tried to convince people that it was a trick. But it was no trick! Mary and John saw Jesus after he came back to life. Jesus is alive now!

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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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