Hope - Week 2
READ JOHN 4:13-14
Have you ever been really thirsty? When you’re thirsty, what does your body want? Of course—water!
When Jesus met a woman at the well, she had come for water, too. But Jesus offered something better. He knew that even if she drew enough water for the rest of the day, she would be thirsty again. He had a different kind of water–living water–that leads to eternal life.
Because of Jesus and his death on the cross, we can have a relationship with God forever. His living water is offered to ALL who believe. What an amazing promise. We don’t have to be afraid of the future because God has made a way for us to live with Him forever in heaven.
Drink a glass of water today and remember that you can have hope because of what Jesus promised.
THANK God for the hope He offers to you.
READ JOHN 14:28-29
When Jesus told His friends He would be going away, they were so confused. Why would He leave now? Weren’t they just getting started on their mission? Where was He going and why couldn’t they go with Him? They had lots of questions, but they didn’t know what we know. We know that Jesus death wasn’t the end, but the beginning of the most amazing rescue in the history of the world.
Jesus knew He had to die on the cross to make a way for everyone to have a relationship with God. He made a promise to His friends that even though things were about to get really bad, they would get better. He wanted them to have hope that something VERY good was about to come out of something VERY bad.
What do you think Jesus meant when He said, "I am going away and I am coming back"? Write your answer in the box. If you need help, discuss this question with a parent or trusted adult in your life.
ASK God to help you understand the promise Jesus made to His friends.
READ JOHN 14:6
Check out the picture to the right. On the left hand side of the picture below, write your name. On the right, write "God." Do you see how there is a big valley between you and God? Write the word "sin" at the bottom of the valley. Our sin, the times we disobey God, separate us from Him. But God didn’t want that. So He made a way through His son Jesus. Trace the outline of the cross in the middle. Cross out the word "sin" and write "JESUS". Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment for your sin. Jesus is THE way to God. No one gets to God except through what Jesus has done on the cross. It is the bridge to God.
Pray and ask God to help you understand the picture to the right. If you have questions, ask your parents or your small group leader. This picture is the reason we have hope.
THANK God that He made a way for you to have a relationship with Him.
READ ROMANS 8:24-25
Is there something exciting that you’re waiting for? Maybe a birthday. Or a spring break trip. Or summer vacation. Or maybe you’re already counting down the days until next Christmas. Waiting is hard. Patiently waiting is even harder. But thinking about what’s coming helps!
In these verses, Paul is talking about waiting too. When you ask Jesus to be your savior, you start that waiting game until heaven. It’s hard to picture exactly what heaven will be like, but Jesus promised us that it is better than anything we could ever dream up on our own. No matter what bad things we might face here on earth, as Christians, we know the best is yet to come. And heaven is WAY better than the best birthday party, or Christmas morning or summer vacation. What an amazing promise and reason to have hope.
Draw a picture or create a doodle page of what you think heaven will look like.
KNOW that the promise of heaven is real!