Big Truth:

Jesus Is Our Substitute

Isaiah 53:5-6; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Romans 5:6-11; 8:1-4; 1 Peter 2:22-24; 3:18; 1 John 2:1-2; 4:9-10

Bible Verse:

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16

Big Ideas:

  • In our sin, we are guilty before God, deserving of His righteous punishment.
  • In His love, God sent His Son, Jesus, fully man and fully God, to take our place.
  • Jesus became our substitute on the cross, living the life we should have lived, and dying the death we should have died.

Bible Story:

Hebrews 9:11-10:18

Our sin required a blood sacrifice as payment. Prior to the coming of Jesus, God’s people made animal sacrifices to atone for their sins as they looked toward the coming of Jesus. After Jesus came, He fulfilled God’s requirement for a blood sacrifice and paid for our sin completely. He is the perfect and good sacrifice for our sin. He is our substitute.



Thankfully, God does not just leave us in the broken world, but is repairing the brokenness through His Son. From the very beginning of time, God promised He would fix creation, and He kept His promise by sending Jesus to rescue us from our sin. Jesus came to live on the earth and willingly died on the cross so that sin’s power over creation would be broken forever.

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Every child should know that:

  • God sent Jesus to die in our place as our substitute.
  • We need a substitute because we cannot pay our sin debt on our own.

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Every child should:

  • Talk about why we need a substitute and how Jesus is our substitute.

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Every child should feel:

  • Awe at Jesus’s willingness to sacrifice Himself as our substitute.

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Every child should want:

  • To believe in Jesus’s work on their behalf to pay their sin debt.