Verse to Remember: No one takes my life from me. I give it up willingly! – John 10:18 (CEV)
Big Idea: Jesus is courageous and can help me to be courageous too.
What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? Maybe you stood up to a bully or stayed in your bed even though you were scared of the dark. It could be the time you told the truth even though you knew you would get in trouble. Or the day you chose to do the right thing when everyone around you was doing what was wrong.
Being courageous isn’t easy. Sometimes it means doing hard things or scary things even when we don’t want to.
Jesus had to decide once if He was going to be courageous. His Father had sent Him to earth to save the world, but there was only one way to do it. He would have to die in our place. See, everyone on earth had done wrong things, and those wrong things kept us from being friends with God.
The only way to save us was for someone to take the punishment for the bad things we’ve done, someone who had never done anything bad himself. Jesus was the only person qualified to do the job. He was the only sinless human ever, and he is the Son of God.
Jesus knew if he went through with God’s plan, he would be beaten, nailed to a cross and, worst of all, be separated from his Father for the first time ever.
Jesus had a big decision to make. He went to a garden to pray and talk to his Father about it. He said, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering away from me. But let what you want be done, not what I want” (Matthew 26:39 NIrV).
That was a courageous prayer. Jesus asked God three times if there was another way to save the world, and three times he told his Father that he would do whatever God wanted him to do.
There was no other way, so Jesus did the courageous thing. He obeyed his Father and carried out his plan. He died on the cross for you and me. He took the punishment for every wrong thing we would ever do so that we can be forgiven and be friends with God forever.
Jesus’ courageous choice saved the world.
God, thank you for sending Jesus. Thank you that he made the courageous choice to die for me. Please help me to have the courage to do hard things too. Amen.
Talk About It
1. How do you think Jesus felt when he was praying in the garden?
2. When has it been hard for you to do the right thing?
3. How can we follow Jesus’ example when we have a tough choice to make?
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