Lenten Devotional-Day 23

Thursday, March 12
Luke 2:46 After three days they found [Jesus] in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

Children’s Voices
This is a special devotion created by the children at Aldersgate UMC. They were asked the following question, “Why did Jesus die on the cross at Easter?”Here are the answers they shared.
Pre-K children
“He died because he was good.”
“He died to save us from dying.”
Kindergarten children
“He died because he was nice. He wanted people to pray for him.”
First grade children
“He died for us. The Bible says it.”
“He did it for someone else. So the other man wouldn’t die.”
“We have Easter because he died.”
“Bad guys put him on [the cross] until he died.”
Fourth grade children
“We celebrate that Jesus rose from the dead on the 3rd day. He died to save us.”
“He died so God would forgive our sins and we could go to Heaven.”
Fifth grade children
“He died for us. People were being mean and he was helping us.”
“He wanted to die for people so they wouldn’t die or suffer.”
As you can see, children are listening. They are listening to Bible stories. They are listening in Sunday school. They are listening to friends, to the music you play, to the words you speak, to the shows they watch. They are soaking up everything around them. We know that even Jesus used his listening skills as a child. This Lent, please consider what children in your life are hearing when they are around you.

Aldersgate Sunday School Children

Lord God, we thank you for the young people in our congregation, in our lives, and in our community. Please remind us that they are always watching and always listening. As we set examples for them, please guide us to behave and speak in ways that glorify you. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.