High School

We’ve Been Made Holy!

Lesson 8 

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Winter 2019-20

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By: Jill Meek 

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January 19, 2020

Lesson Focus:

Because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we are made holy.

Bible Basis:

Hebrews 9:11-15; 10:1-12

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about refugees and consider what parents give up for their children as they explore what it means to sacrifice something.

Memory Verse:

We have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
—Hebrews 10:10b

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about refugees and consider what parents give up for their children as they explore what it means to sacrifice something.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

The big holiday season is over now and we are starting fresh in a new year. Holidays can be filled with joy, and with an excess of sweets and gifts and expenses. Do you think your parents made any sacrifices this year so you could enjoy a big Christmas? Did your family have to sacrifice a big Christmas to be more comfortable during the rest of the year? Parents often have to make tough choices and make certain sacrifices for their families. In the video we’re about to watch, children of immigrant parents tell about the particular sacrifices their parents made for them.

Play the following video [4:21]:

Children of Asian Immigrants Reveal Sacrifices Their Parents Made

  • What sacrifices did these parents make for their children? (These parents gave up things for themselves—in some cases friends/a social circle, family nearby, a career they cared about, financial security, etc.—so that their children could perhaps have these things instead.)
  • What sacrifices have your parents (or anyone) made to better your life? (Accept all reasonable answers. Parents give up lots of their time, energy, sleep, money, and simply their personal preferences for the benefit of their children. They have to make choices about work and every aspect of life to do the best they can for their family.)
  • Have you ever had to make a sacrifice to help someone or achieve a goal? Tell about that. (Accept all reasonable answers. Help students think this through. Maybe students have gone without in a small way in order to give something to someone who goes without often. Maybe in a team setting, students have had to give long hours to practice or play a supporting role while others star. Maybe students have sacrificed social status to stick with a true friend or stick to their values.)
  • Is there anything you’d never be willing to sacrifice or give up? (Answers will vary. Accept all reasonable answers.)

Parents demonstrate what it means to make sacrifices for the sake of someone they love. However, the greatest example of this comes from Jesus, who gave His body and His life as a sacrifice, that we might be made holy.

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
  • Paper
  • Pens/pencils, markers, colored pencils, etc.

Today we’ve seen that Jesus’ sacrifice makes us holy and right with God. That means we have salvation from sin and life forever with God. He did this because we could not earn it or get it for ourselves. We don’t have to do anything to get it; we just receive it and respond to it.

  • Do you think people today try to earn their salvation by doing something rather than accepting that Jesus has done it? If so, what do they do? (Accept all reasonable answers. There is a common conception that “good” people go to heaven and that our choices on earth effect our destination after. Some people may live this belief out in various ways.)
  • What difference does it make for your life that Jesus has given you salvation? Does it change anything for you? (Accept all reasonable answers. For some who have grown up with this understanding, the value of Jesus’ sacrifice may be underappreciated. However teens may express their appreciation for the assurance about eternal life, total forgiveness and unconditional love. These are huge gifts that we can see the need for daily and can’t find elsewhere.)
  • How can we respond to what Jesus has done? (Accept all reasonable answers. As with any gift, thankfulness is an appropriate response. We can praise and worship the One who saves us. We can express our thanks and praise with our lives, as all we do and say can be done in honor of Jesus. Students may try to “pass it on” by telling others about Jesus or simply living generously, selflessly, and graciously. Students may also try to live their lives with gratitude and in accordance with Jesus’ example as a response.)

We can respond to Jesus with thanks and praise. We can show our thanks and praise through words, art, and action. Listen to the following song, by worship duo Fox and Foal, which sings thanks and praise to Jesus for His sacrifice and consider your own response. You can think, pray, write, or draw while the song plays, and consider how to express your praise and thankfulness now and this week. Hand out writing/drawing supplies to anyone who wants it. Encourage students who want to talk more about Jesus’ offer of salvation to meet with you after class. Help in sharing the Gospel with this age group is found in your teacher’s guide.)

Play the following audio as your students work [5:06]:
What Other Love – Fox and Foal

Encourage your students to be intentional about responding to Jesus’ sacrifice throughout the week. Close in prayer.

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