WESTERN SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH | THE VILLAGE CHURCH

2021 Family Devotions

JOURNEY TO THE CROSS

When we consider the more important events in Christianity and the seasons of the year, Christmas and Easter top the list. All too often, Easter tends to quite literally spring up on us with little anticipation or preparation.

This year, we hope families of all ages, sizes, near or distant will find encouragement and discipleship moments through our Journey to the Cross: Family Devotions. The WSBC Kids team will launch a series of video devotions that will tell the Story of Redemption. A new devotion will be available right here and on our YouTube Channel:  youtube.com/c/wsbcvillagechurch each Sunday up to Palm Sunday, March 28. Starting on Palm Sunday there will be new devotion everyday of Holy Week through Easter Sunday on April 4.

Our prayer is that the Journey to the Cross will help you and your family know and grow God’s Story of Redemption. So get ready and join us for this incredible Journey to the Cross.


FEBRUARY 28  

PASSOVER LAMB

 

Do you remember the story of Moses and the burning bush?  God spoke to Moses from that bush, and He told Moses to go to Egypt in order to talk to the Pharaoh.  Pharaoh was the bad king of Egypt and he was hurting God's people.  God wanted Pharaoh to let His people go so that they could worship Him at Mt. Sinai and move to the land that God had promised to Abraham's descendants.  But Pharaoh didn't want to obey God.  God gave him many chances to let God's people go from Egypt after each of the first nine plagues, but Pharaoh would not listen to God.  Finally, God had to take away something that Pharaoh loved very much.  The tenth plague that God sent was the angel of death to kill all the firstborn sons of Egypt including Pharaoh's son.  But had a special plan for the Israelites, God's people and he had them follow some important instructions so that their sons would not be killed.  

READ: Exodus 12:21-30 

I WONDER:  The Bible story we just read was about the Passover.  I wonder why it's called the Passover.  What do you think?

The lamb that was to be killed was supposed to be a pure, spotless, young male lamb with no defects.  I wonder if it was hard to find a lamb like that.  Later in God's Story, John the Baptist called his cousin, Jesus, the Lamb of God in John 1:29. How is the Passover Lamb like Jesus, the Lamb of God?

I wonder what the Israelites thought about painting their doorposts with the blood of a lamb (Ew ... Messy!), but that's what it took to be saved from the angel of death.  Did you know that Jesus' blood saves people from death even today?  Jesus wants you to believe and receive Him as your personal Savior., and He will save you from sin and death. 

This is story is a picture of how God used the blood of a lamb to save His people and He is still using the blood of His Son, Jesus, to save people today from sin and death.  What an awesome story of repemption and salvation!?

MEMORIZE: Isaiah 53:6 this week as a family. 

"We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all."

DO: Place the symbol of the Passover Lamb on the poster as we continue our Journey to the Cross.  When you look at it this week remember that God wants to save people just like you through the blood of Jesus.

PRAY: Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, the perfect Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world through His blood!  In Jesus' powerful name, Amen.



FEBRUARY 21  

The ALTAR & FLAME

Abraham, Isaac & Sacrifice

A sacrifice was something that people gave or made to God -- to show Him that they loved HIm or that they were sorry for their disobeying Him.  Usually the sacrifice was a young animal that was killed and burned on an altar as an offering to God.  Today's story of God's Redemption tells how God asked Abraham to do a really hard thing, sacrifice something that he loved more than anything in the world -- his one and only son. 

READ: Genesis 22:1-14 

I WONDER:  Isaac was the special child that God promised to Abraham and Sarah who waited many many years for their son to be born and join their family.  I wonder how Abraham felt about what God had asked him to do.  How do you think Abraham (and Sarah, too) felt about sacrificing their one only son to God?

When Isaac asked about the sacrifice animal, what did Abraham tell him?  Was he right, did God provide?

This is story is a picture of how God gave His one and only Son, Jesus, to die as a sacrifice in our place.  Isn't it amazing to think about how this story happened about 2000 years before Jesus was born and even then, God knew exactly how to save people?  He was going to send Jesus to be our sacrifice and provided for us a way of salvation.

MEMORIZE: John 3:16 as a family this week. 

"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."

DO: Place the symbol of the Altar & Flame on the poster as we continue our Journey to the Cross.  When you look at it this week remember the sacrifice that God asked Abraham to make with Isaac and the sacrifice that God did make with His one and only Son, Jesus, for all of us. 

PRAY: Thank you, Father God, for loving us so much that You sent Your one and only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for us.  In Jesus' name, Amen.

 


FEBRUARY 14  

TREE OF KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD & EVIL

Tree of Knowledge of Good & Evil

When God created the world, He made everything good. Adam & Eve loved God and never even thought of doing anything wrong or ever disobeying Him.  Until one day ... 

READ: Genesis 3:1-19 

GOD'S STORY OF REDEMPTION starts with Adam & Eve's SIN.  Their sin is our sin today, and we need help from a Savior to take from what is wrong to what is right.

I WONDER:  I wonder which is easier.  Is it easier to do the Right thing or the Wrong thing?  Do you think it was easy or hard for Adam & Eve to listen to the serpent, look at the fruit and choose to disobey God's command?  

MEMORIZE: Romans 3:23 as a family this week. 

"For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God"

DO: Place the symbol of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil on the poster to begin our Journey to the Cross.  When you look at the Tree this week remember that Adam & Eve's first sin is also our sin and we all need a Savior to help us from falling short of God's Glory and eternal life.




WESTERN SPRINGS BAPTIST CHURCH | THE VILLAGE CHURCH