Community-Building: Greater love than this.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants ... instead, I have called you friends.
BFF is today's shorthand for "Best Friends Forever." To have a best friend is something that we all hope for in life. We want someone who has the same interests that we do; someone who gives us the benefit of the doubt when we do something stupid; someone who confides in us and in whom we can confide; someone who will correct us when we need it; someone who will celebrate with us when we achieve; someone who will cry with us when we cry; someone to encourage us when we are discouraged; someone we can count on to be on our side.
Jesus had friends when he lived on earth. In fact, he had "best friends." Out of all the people who followed him, he chose twelve to travel with him and learn from him. Out of those twelve he chose three to be his best friends-Peter, James, and John. And there were other friends who were special to him like Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. He experienced all the ups and downs of friendship-celebration (John 2:1-2), betrayal (John 18:2), misunderstanding (John 13:7), rivalry (Mark 10: 35-38, 41), so he understands our need for friends and the joys and challenges of friendship.
The life-changing truth in our memory verse for this episode is that Jesus calls us his friends. We will always have a best friend, and because this friend is Jesus and he will never let us down. He truly is a BFF, a best friend forever.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What is the name of Lucille’s new friend?
Q. What do Julia and Lucille have in common?
A. They both play in the band.
Q. What instruments do they play?
A. Lucille-clarinet, Julia-french horn.
Q. What is the name of their band director?
A. Mr. Ridgeback.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Our Bible verse tells us that there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for your friends. How did Jesus lay down his life for his friends?
Read Philippians 2: 5-8. Jesus lay down his life by setting aside his prerogatives as God’s son and putting on the limitations of humanity. Jesus lay down his life by dying on the cross for our sins. Jesus paid the price for our sins so that we can live as friends of God.