Big Truth:

Jesus Is Our Penalty Bearer

Isaiah 53:4-6; Romans 8:1-4; Galatians 3:13-14; Ephesians 5:2; Colossians 2:13-15

Bible Verse:

But He was wounded for our transgressions; He was crushed for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

Big Ideas:

  • Someone has to be punished for our sin.
  • Jesus bore our punishment as penalty-bearer.
  • Jesus was crushed, rejected, wounded, and killed so we do not have to be.
  • God’s righteous wrath was poured out on Jesus so we might be forgiven.

Bible Story:

Leviticus 16:1-34

God gave instructions to Moses and Aaron to institute a Day of Atonement in the temple to atone for the sins of the people. This day was a time when the high priest would make a sacrifice on behalf of the people to pay for their sins. It pointed to the coming of God’s Son, Jesus who took our place on the cross. He died the death we deserved so we would not have to.



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.