David C Cook COVID-19 Response

Upper Elementary

Perfect Sacrifice

Lesson 11 

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Summer 2022

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By: RLD Editorial Team 

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August 15, 2021

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Lesson Focus:

Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for your sins.

Bible Basis:

Exodus 11–12; 29:15-18; John 1:29

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will consider sacrifices people make for others and will realize that Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for all.

Memory Verse:

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.
— Ephesians 1:7

Step 1:

Students will consider sacrifices people make for others and will realize that Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for all.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

Although outbreaks of COVID-19 have been somewhat reduced in the United States, the virus continues to spread rapidly in many parts of the world. India is one country that continues to face a high number of people infected. Sadly, many people who contract the virus don’t have access to medical care, health insurance, or money to pay their medical bills.

Supraja Yeruva contracted COVID-19 in India during her pregnancy. While she delivered a healthy baby boy, and her husband and six-year-old daughter didn’t contract the virus, Mrs. Yeruva needed to stay on a ventilator for a long period of time. Even with health insurance, the medical bills for Mrs. Yeruva’s treatment totaled over $80,000 USD!

  • Yeruva’s family didn’t have that much money sitting around for her medical bills. Have you or any of your family members ever needed medical care and worried if it would turn out okay—or how your family would be able to pay for it? If not, how do you think this might feel? (Answers will vary; one might feel desperate, scared, or hopeless.)

Unsure of how to pay such a large sum of money, Mr. Yeruva turned to a popular crowd-sourcing website to use the fundraiser feature. Through the Ketto website, family, friends, and anyone who feels compelled to give can donate towards Mrs. Yeruva’s medical bills.

  • Through the crowd-sourcing platform, people can donate regardless of whether or not they know they Yeruvas in real life. What kinds of things might compel someone to donate to a family they don’t know? (Answers will vary.)
  • What other stories have you heard of people who have sacrificed something, perhaps even their own lives, for the sake of others? What was the purpose of the sacrifice? (Answers will vary.)
  • Have you ever sacrificed something for another person? Tell us about it.(Answers will vary.)

Sacrifices of time and money are offered by people to help other people. Although these acts are needed and demonstrate kindness, there are limits to the effect of the sacrifices people make. There was a time when sacrifices were made for sin. There were limits to the effect those sacrifices had, too. Let’s find out more.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pens/pencils
  • Basket or some other “offering plate”
  • Fine-tip markers (optional)

If your class is meeting online, invite students to bring red construction paper, scissors, pens/pencils, and fine-tip markers (optional) with them to class. If they don’t have red construction paper at home, regular printer paper will work.

In our lesson today, we saw that for a long time the Israelites made sacrifices to atone for their sin. Over and over, they sinned. Over and over, they sacrificed. They waited for the day the Messiah would come and deliver them from their sin. Jesus’ sacrifice is a one-time sacrifice for all people, one that guarantees eternal life with God.

  • God knew that not everyone would accept Jesus as their Savior. Why do you think God still sacrificed His Son for all mankind? (Answers will vary; God’s unconditional love; God wanted to be sure everyone had the same choice.)
  • There is no waiting list to receive salvation. It’s free and always available to everyone. Why do you think people delay making a decision to accept Jesus and the life He offers? (Answers will vary; sometimes it is hard to see beyond the physical life; they may not think they need a Savior.)

Instruct students to cut out two hearts from their pieces of paper. Have them write “Jesus” on one and write their name on the other.

After the hearts are made, pass your “offering plate” among your preteens or have them come to the front to place their heart with their name on it in the basket.

When you place the heart with your name on it in the plate, pray from your heart to God. You may choose to tell God you want to give your heart to Him. You may choose to pray to tell God you’re not ready to give your heart to Him, but that you’d like to thank Him for Jesus. You may want to ask God to help you understand Him more. You decide what to pray as you place your heart in the plate. Take the heart you made with “Jesus” on it home as a reminder of the loving sacrifice Jesus made for you.

Close in prayer thanking God for sacrificing His only Son once and for all for everyone. Ask God to work in the students’ hearts.

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