What did Jesus do to save human beings?
LO: Explain what Christians mean when they say that Jesus’ death was a sacrifice
Take the information on Resource Sheet 4. Different groups could complete different activities and report back, or the activities could be experienced on a carousel. It might be helpful to talk through the ‘taking someone’s place’ activity as a whole class. You might ask pupils to draw a symbol on a piece of paper to represent something they have done and are sorry about, and then shred the paper (or, health and safety allowing, take the papers outside and burn them). Look at
the unit key question and get pupils to suggest answers from their learning so far: what did Jesus do to save human beings?
In the context of the key question (‘What did Jesus do to save human beings?’), talk about what a martyr and show pupils an image of the commemoration of twentieth-century Christian martyrs at Westminster Abbey: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Westminster_Abbey_-_20th_Century_Martyrs.jpg This shows that sacrifice for others is still a big part of Christianity. Some Christians have died horribly for their faith, but not all sacrifice has to be bloody and awful. The servers in Liverpool give up their time, but they enjoy it and gain a lot in return.
• The command to ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’ will involve some sacrifice. Ask pupils to draft a short charter for the school, local community or the world (if they can get that far) to explain how far the idea of sacrifice is good and necessary for making the world a better place. They should make links with Christian ideas and Jesus’ teachings. It is perfectly fine for them to say that sacrifice is not good, but they must offer good reasons and alternatives that will make the world a better place!
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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