Sunday School Lesson (Luke 23:33-43) How Jesus’ Cross Connects to Christmas

Ministry-To-Children | 11/18/2019 | Kristin Schmidt
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Use this free Sunday School Lesson on Luke 23:33-43 to mark the end of the church calendar and the beginning of the Advent seasons. Simply download the printable version below. It includes the full lesson plan, craft suggestions, game activities, and bonus coloring pages.

As the season of Advent approaches, it is easy to become caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the anticipation of giving and receiving, and the joy of Christ’s birth. Before that comes, though, we take time to reflect on the reason Jesus came to Earth in the first place. The Sunday before Advent marks the end of the church year, and we look to the cross upon which the Messiah took His final breath. This may seem full of sorrow, but we know that the cross is joy and life to us if we believe what death and resurrection mean. It’s a great reminder for present-hungry youngsters to contemplate what Jesus came to do.

Lesson - Jesus - Baby - Cross - Sin

Lesson focus: Jesus came to earth as a humble baby, but He ultimately came so that He could die on the cross. In so doing, He saved us from our sin consequences and allows us to live forever with Him!

Materials Needed: Cross-shaped construction paper or card stock; decorative supplies; beads; string; envelopes; jingle bells; balloons; large paper or poster board; Bibles.

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Bonus Lesson Ideas:

Happy New Year! This might seem out of place, but open the lesson by explaining to kids that this is the last Sunday in the “church year”. See if they can name any of the seasons in the church year (Lent, Pentecost, etc.). Explain that Advent, which is about to start, is the beginning of the church year. But today we are both looking ahead and looking at the end of something. In honor of “new year”, play...
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