Isaac and the Lamb (teen version)

Tuesday: Isaac and the Lamb
Story Passage: Genesis 22
Other Passages: Hebrews 11:19
Objective: Teens should learn that Jesus died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, so that we don't have to.
Discussion Questions:Available.
Memory Verse: Romans 4:25, He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
Introduction: Sacrificial Lambs
In the Old Testament times, when the people of Israel sinned, they often sacrificed animals, in order to show God their repentance. That means they gave them up - that's what sacrifice means, to give something up. They took some of their animals, sheep, goats, oxen, and especially lambs, and slaughtered them as a sacrifice, giving them up to God. When the Bible calls Jesus the lamb of God, it means he is God's sacrifice, something God gave up, and that he died to pay the penalty for sin. So their sacrifice was showing something about how Jesus would pay for their sins in the future. Once he was crucified, once for all, it was no longer necessary to offer up the animals, which is why we do not offer animal sacrifices today.
The Story: Isaac and the Ram
Open your Bibles to Genesis 22. This is an example of someone who was willing to give his only son. Abraham and his wife Sarah waited long into old age to have a son that God had promised them. When they finally had the son, they named him Isaac. [Have them read aloud verses 1-13.]
[Ask if there are any questions concerning what they just read.]
What did Abraham take with him when he went to Mt. Moriah?
Look at verse 8. Did Abraham trust God?
Why did God send Abraham on this journey?
The Point: Substitutionary Atonement
Jesus is called the Lamb of God because he is like the ram, who died for Isaac. Jesus died for us, to pay the penalty for our sin, so that the penalty could be taken away, so that we can be forgiven. How did Jesus pay the penalty for our sin? (He had to die.) Where did Jesus die? (On the cross.) Jesus did not remain in the grave - he raised from the dead after three days. So, if we trust in the payment Jesus made by dying on the cross, then we can be forgiven, and live with God forever in heaven someday. If we had to pay our own penalty, we would be separated from God forever, but when Jesus pays our penalty, it's completely covered, and God can forgive us.
Invitation: Salvation
Talk to me today before you leave, if you want to discuss how Jesus can pay for your sin.

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