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Meals with Jesus

A journey through Luke’s Gospel

Meals with Jesus is a series of 9 lessons in Luke’s Gospel that explore who Jesus chose to sit and eat with. He could have dined with the VIPs of his day, but instead he often ate with the sinners, the outcasts, the broken and the needy. Through these Bible stories, children will discover more of Jesus' character as he showed care and compassion for the marginalised.

The lessons have been written to dovetail with the Meals with Jesus book of family Bible times so families can enjoy bite sized chunks at home while these key passages are taught at church:

Lunch with Levi (Luke 5:27-32)

Supper at Simon’s (Luke 7:36-50)

Big Picnic (Luke 9:10-17)

At Mary and Martha’s (Luke 10:38-42)

Best Seat in the House (Luke 14:1-11)

With Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10)

The Last Supper (Luke 22:14-20)

On the Road to Emmaus (Luke 24: 13-35)

The Greatest Party Ever (Luke 14:15-24)

The lesson plans are broken into separate teaching materials for 3-5s, 5-7s, 8-11s and mixed age groups, and include worksheets and handouts for parents to help start the conversation at home. 

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We need Jesus lesson 6 - We need to be forgiven

Matthew 9:1-8

Simplified Sunday resource to be taught by parents at home during lockdown

Perhaps you know this story well. Where are the crowds blocking the doors? Where is the hole in the roof? Matthew didn’t make a mistake with what he left out. He is drawing his own picture, to highlight what is most important. He wants us to see and hear the shock of the claim – “Son, your sins are forgiven”. Matthew focuses his story-telling lens on the response of the people to the words of Jesus.

V2 – His problem is obvious, everyone can see it, he has to be carried by friends. We all expect Jesus to fix his legs. Jesus tells him to take heart, because his sins are forgiven. We should be left surprised. Firstly, how does this help? Secondly, how can he claim to be able to do that?

V6 – Jesus wants us to know something. Always worth listening! He wants us to know that he has the authority to forgive. This whole exchange is about learning that. And if we get that, we will leave dancing with the man and singing with the crowd. This is Jesus' clearest claim to be God. Here he shows himself to be the one we were told he would be way back in Matthew 1:21 “give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

This is what he came to do, because this is what each one of us most needs.

Questions to Ponder

What needs fixing most - your body or your soul? Do you share in the worship of the crowd? If not, have you forgotten or minimised your need for forgiveness?

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We need Jesus lesson 4 - We need to be safe

Matthew 8:23-27

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Matthew is building a picture for us of Jesus – The king who rules and the saviour who cares. In just these few short verses we see Jesus the man (needing to sleep) and Jesus the commander of creation (calming the storm). I’m so glad we have a saviour who understands our fears, has experience of our storms, knows our weaknesses and the smallness of our faith and has the power to help. When I remember that this is his world and that he rules over it and he is with me, I can know peace in a storm.

Question to Ponder
How does remembering that Jesus, the ruler of creation, cares for you encourage your heart and your faith today?

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We need Jesus lesson 3 - We need to trust Jesus

Matthew 8:5-13

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There are many times when we feel that we are not in control. In those moments we find out where our faith truly lies. Do we depend on our own ability to fix things, or are we trusting someone else to be in charge. The powerful centurion had great faith – not in his own ability to control things, but in Jesus. The outsider, the enemy of Israel, acknowledged his unworthiness and dependence on Jesus. We need to do the same. This is great faith - not looking great but depending greatly on Jesus. Only when we understand the complete rule and power of Christ will we be able to fully depend on him.

Questions to Ponder
How does remembering that Jesus is in charge, even sickness, encourage your heart and your faith today?

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We need Jesus lesson 1 - We need a rock to build our lives on

Matthew 7:24-29

Simplified Sunday resource to be taught by parents at home during lockdown

What do I want to be known as? A great parent? A great friend? A home schooling legend? A great Christian? Or a great depender on Jesus? Do I know that I bring nothing to the table, relying totally on God? Or do I think that he should be delighted to have me on “his team”?

The only foundation that will stand is Jesus Christ. I can celebrate my simple obedience to him. I can delight in listening to him, loving him, needing him and obeying him. This is safety; any other foundation ends in disaster.

Notes on the passages in the resource:

V24 – Hearing Jesus' teaching is not enough. Shock! Hearing his teaching and obeying him is like wisely building on solid foundations.

V25 – The solid foundation stands strong in all storms. When a person who has put Jesus‘ words into practice stands before Jesus on the day of judgement, they will stand secure. This doesn’t mean they have lived a life of 100% perfect obedience, but that they have obeyed Jesus’ call to repent and come to him for forgiveness when they fail. Whoever has built their life on Christ will be eternally safe with Christ.

V26 – Hearing Jesus' commands and ignoring them is like foolishly building on sand. Before the storm both houses look the same. The lives they represent may well appear the same. It is possible to build a very impressive mansion on sand, or to build a simple shack on rock. Which would you rather shelter in?

V27 – If there is no foundation then there will be a great crash. It may happen in this life, when a storm of intense hardship comes. It will certainly happen at the final judgement. There will be a day when any foundation other than Christ will collapse, leaving us exposed and in great danger.

V28-29 – Jesus' teaching is amazing. If we listen carefully, we will stand awestruck. His words have power. Let’s listen and obey.

Question to ponder: If you were honest with yourself, in the quietness of your heart, how would you finish this sentence, “If the worst happened to me, in those dreadful hours, I would be relying on….”

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