Previous Lesson: "Come to Me"

Dear Parent,

The goal of this week’s lesson is to show your children that they do not have to bear their burdens alone.   Jesus is offering relief.  He is offering to help carry the burdens...together.

 

Materials Needed: Dictionary, 2 Toy horses and a purse with a strap.

 

Bible Scripture: Matthew 11:28-30

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

 

Today’s Script:

Do you ever feel sad sometimes?

(Let your child answer.)

I do.  When someone that I love is sick, I feel sad.  Or, when I miss someone who is far away, I feel sad.  Or, when something bad happens in the world, I feel sad. 

Jesus knew that we would have days in which we just plain feel sad.  And, Jesus is so loving that He wants to comfort us and make us feel better.

In the bible, Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” 

 

Gosh, reading that makes me feel good!  A "rest" or break from sadness is such a great way for Jesus to cheer us up.

But, Jesus also wants to do more than just comfort us.  He wants to share our sadness and make it easier for us to keep going.

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

Hmmmm.  This verse is alittle harder to understand.  Do you know what a yoke is?  Let’s look it up in the dictionary. 

A yoke is a … (Look up the word together.  The Oxford Illustrated Dictionary defines it as “a wooden crosspiece fastened over the necks of two oxen, etc., and attached to the plow or wagon to be drawn”.).

So, let’s look at one of the toy horses we have here.  If we strap a purse over the one horse’s neck and imagine him pulling the load behind him, it looks pretty heavy, right?

(Move the horse forward with the strap around its neck and purse coming along behind it.)

BUT, if we introduce another toy horse and, pretending we own a yoke, attach the strap over both of the animals' necks, it looks like the load will be much easier for the first horse to carry.

Well, in the bible verse we read Jesus is saying that:

 

1.  the purse is our sadness and our heavy burden,

2.  we are the first toy horse, 

3.  Jesus is the other toy horse,

4.  AND, He wants us to attach ourselves to Him so that He can help to carry the burden together.

 

TOGETHER, you and Jesus will make it through the sadness and tough time!

 

Isn’t that wonderful?!?

Can you think of something that has made you very sad?

(Let your child answer.)

Yes, that made me sad too.  Let's look at the bible verse again together while we think about <insert sad example>.

 

(Act out the verse with the materials as you read.)

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” 

So, Jesus is saying that:

1.  The <insert sad example> is this purse,

2.  You are this toy horse, who is being weighed down,

3.  Jesus is the other toy horse,

4.  AND, He wants us to attach ourselves to Him so that He can help to carry the burden together.

In the future, let's both remember to pray to Jesus to be with us during sad times.  And, He will come to us, comfort us, and give us His "yoke" so that we are strapped together.  And, with Jesus our load will be lighter, right?

YAY!  Praise God!  I feel better already!