These are the Character resources provided for: Jesus Knew (Mark 9)

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These games tie into the idea of predictions, of God being all knowing, and of the disciples’ confusion.

Guess the number

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All Ages

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Working in pairs, have one child choose a number and the other child guess what it is. The child who chose can’t speak, only make faces. (For younger children, choose a number below 20.)
Link: Jesus wasn’t guessing, he knew.

Follow the leader

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Under 7’s

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In this classic game, you follow the leader around the room, imitating their actions.
Link: We try to guess what will come next, we don’t know, like Jesus did.

Meet the line

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All Ages

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Blindfold one child and place them on one side of the space. The other children make a line on the opposite side of the space. (Make sure they have a little room behind them.) The line should be silent! The blindfolded child needs to walk towards the group with their arms outstretched to meet the line. When someone touches their hand, they should stop walking so they don’t push people over. The further the distance and faster the walk, the better this works.
Link: It’s really difficult to judge when the line will come. We don’t know the exact future like Jesus did, but we know God will always “catch” us.

Snakes and ladders

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All Ages

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Play this classic game.
Link: Death may have felt like a defeat for Jesus’s friends, but Jesus knew it was a small snake and a bigger ladder!

Jesus Knew (Mark 9) Craft

Jesus knew he would die, scripture shows he tried to tell his friends, but they couldn’t understand him. This split pin (brad) craft shows the predictions Jesus made, accompanied by the startled faces of the disciples.

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This may seem like a deep tenant of theology to teach kids and seem overly sombre for their innocence, but it’s so central it shouldn’t be skimmed. Jesus was more than powerful enough that he didn’t need to allow himself to be captured, powerful enough that he could have stopped the crucifixion at any point, he went willingly. He went because there was a bigger story happening. He loved his disciples enough to prepare them.

This retold version of the Bible passage is supplied for inspiration, feel free to omit or embellish to give it your personal voice.

Main Passage : Mark 9:30-37

Biblical retelling of Jesus Knew he would die (Mark 9) for youngsters.

The crowd travelling with Jesus was getting near Galilee. Some of the disciples were looking forward to seeing their family.

“Do you want to stay at my house tonight, Jesus?” asked Andrew.

“We could find some space at our house too!” said John.

Jesus shook his head. “No, we won’t stay. I don’t want people to know we are here.”

Andrew and John looked disappointed. Jesus saw their faces and paused. “I have some important things to teach you,” he said. “I don’t want a crowd.”

They understood that. When people heard Jesus was near, the crowd gathered in minutes. People who were sick were pushed to the front to be healed, and kids ran up to see. Jesus had become a celebrity.
When they stopped, the disciples gathered round to hear what Jesus was going to teach them. Jesus breathed in a deep breath.

“The Son of Man is going to be handed over into the hands of men. He will be betrayed.”

The disciples shuffled uncomfortably. Jesus called himself “the son of man.” They knew some people hated Jesus, but who would betray him?

“They will kill him.”

Jesus paused. Some of the disciples looked shocked, some sad. Some seemed not to believe him. Jesus was the Messiah, the rescuer. How did him dying help his people? But Jesus wasn’t finished.

“And after he is killed, he will rise three days later.”

Nobody said anything. Did they hear him? Did they not have questions?

They did have questions, lots and lots of questions. They didn’t understand what Jesus had said. They whispered one to another all evening, but nobody questioned Jesus. They were afraid of what his words meant.

But Jesus was sure. Jesus knew the big plan of what would happen. Jesus knew that nothing could stop God’s new kingdom coming: not the religious leaders, not the weak disciples, not the armies and people in power. Nothing. Not even death.

3D Jesus picture

Jesus knew he would die, He walked in the shadow of the cross willingly. This little 3D image is simple to make and quite striking. If you are in a rush, you can skip the hands section and it still looks great!

3D Jesus picture setup

To make this craft, you will need the 1-page template printout, scissors, a glue stick and some coloured paper or card.

3D Jesus picture cut

Cut out the pieces.

3D Jesus picture fold

Fold along the dotted lines.

3D Jesus picture stick

Glue the cross to a blank piece of paper.

3D Jesus picture assemble

Add glue to the printed side of the tabs and stick to the page, so the body is curved out. Repeat with the head overlapping the beard.

3D Jesus picture complete

If you are using the arms, then glue them into position at the shoulders only.

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