Did you know that of all the major world religious leaders, ONLY Jesus Christ claimed to be God. His grave is also the ONLY one in history that is empty. You can visit all the others. The New Testament was written by eyewitnesses who were brutally executed for refusing to deny it. In this post you will find FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas to go with the free article for kids giving us an overview of the New Testament and those eyewitness accounts… enjoy!
The Bible is all about the Lord Jesus. The Messiah. How God took on human form—fulfilling hundreds of highly specific prophecies—lived a perfect life—paid the penalty of death for our sin and rebellion against Him—was buried—then rose again—all so we could have a relationship with Him forever. And it is the only way to have a relationship with God. I didn’t say that. God did. Each one of us is given the choice. It cost Him everything. It costs us nothing. All we have to do is accept His incredible gift. Much of the preliminary information in this post is also in the free article for kids post, but it is so important to teach our kids that God’s Word CAN be trusted so I have decided to repeat it here. Include a snippet in your letter. Scroll on further down for the colouring pages, etc.
Your word is true from the beginning. Psalm 119:160
Your word is truth. John 17:17
Your word is very pure. Psalm 119:140
You have magnified Your word above all Your name. Psalm 138:2
I rejoice at Your word, as one that finds great treasure. Psalm 119:162
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel… that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:1-8
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
…how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ: whom He raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:12-22
QUOTES BY FAMOUS SCHOLARS
“A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his feet and call him Lord and God, but let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about his being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.” C.S. Lewis, Oxford University
About the New Testament: ‘No other ancient book has anything like such early and plentiful testimony to its text, and no unbiased scholar would deny that the text that has come down to us is substantially sound.’ Sir Frederic G. Kenyon, British Museum (pdf)
Looking at the scrutiny placed on the New Testament compared to other ancient works: ‘No classical scholar would listen to an argument that the authenticity of Herodotus or Thucydides is in doubt because the earliest manuscripts of their works which are of any use to us are over 1300 years later than the originals…’ Dr F.F. Bruce, Ryland’s Professor Manchester University, England
About the dates and authenticity of the Gospels: ‘…evidence of an even more striking character has been acquired within the last thirteen years. This is chiefly from a small scrap of papyrus received by the John Rylands Library from Professor Grenfell in 1920, but first identified and published by Mr. C. H. Roberts in 1935. It is a tiny fragment, measuring only about 3½ by 2¼ inches, bearing on both sides of it portions of a few verses of the Fourth Gospel, ch. xviii. 31-33, 37, 38; but its importance lies in the fact that papyrological experts agree in assigning the date of its writing to the first half of the second century. Small therefore as it is, it suffices to prove that a manuscript of this Gospel was circulating, presumably in provincial Egypt where it was found, about the period A.D.130-150. Allowing even a minimum time for the circulation of the work from its place of origin, this would throw back the date of composition so near to the traditional date in the last decade of the first century that there is no longer any reason to question the validity of the tradition’. Sir Frederic G. Kenyon, British Museum (pdf)
… But all human efforts, all the lavish gifts of the emperor, and the propitiations of the gods, did not banish the sinister belief that the conflagration was the result of an order. Consequently, to get rid of the report, Nero fastened the guilt and inflicted the most exquisite tortures on a class hated for their abominations, called Christians by the populace. Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilatus, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome… Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired. Nero offered his gardens for the spectacle, and was exhibiting a show in the circus, while he mingled with the people in the dress of a charioteer or stood aloft on a car. Hence, even for criminals who deserved extreme and exemplary punishment, there arose a feeling of compassion; for it was not, as it seemed, for the public good, but to glut one man’s cruelty, that they were being destroyed. Tacitus, Roman historian, first century
Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man; for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was [the] Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him; for he appeared to them alive again the third day; as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day. Josephus, Jewish historian, first century
Okay, so we know from the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls that the Old Testament we read is accurate. But what about the New Testament? Here are some fun facts…
- Jesus Christ was a real historical figure who died—and rose again—in April 32 AD.
- The Bible is not the only historical document that records details about Jesus Christ. For example, among other details, the Roman historian, Tacitus, records the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by Pontius Pilate; and the Jewish historian, Josephus, also records the crucifixion of Jesus Christ by Roman authorities.
- Christian, non-Christian AND anti-Christian historical records ALL agree that Jesus Christ (and His followers) claimed that He was God. That is why He was executed.
- No teacher would be considered ‘great’ for claiming to be God. There are only 3 possibilities – He was lying; He was mad… or He was telling the truth.
- Of all the major world religious leaders, only Jesus Christ claimed to be God.
- The New Testament was handwritten by eyewitnesses. People who were there. People who saw what happened. People who walked and talked and ate with Jesus. People who were brutally tortured and executed simply because they had seen Jesus alive again – and told others about it. Plenty of people in history have died for something they believed in; but nobody would willingly die for something they did NOT believe in. All it would have taken for them to save their own lives was one word; but they refused to deny they had seen the Risen Messiah.
- Scholars believe that the New Testament was completed before 100 AD—less than 70 years later.
- Much of the New Testament started out as letters to other people telling them about it. When those letters were copied by scribes, they used the same extremely strict rules as they did for copying the Old Testament. Scribes were named heretics if they could not produce originals. Manuscripts were always carefully checked and verified.
- Many papyrus documents containing parts of the New Testament have been discovered, varying from small scraps to larger collections of nearly perfectly preserved pages. The earliest fragment of the New Testament ever found is dated between 100 – 200 AD. If you went to the John Rylands Library in Manchester, England, you could see it. Make sure you include a photo for your child so they can see it for themselves! This small scrap of papyrus only measures 8.9 x 6.0 cm, but it is one of the library’s most famous artefacts and has provided a wealth of valuable information to scholars. It has writing on both sides, so would have been part of a codex (a book with turning pages). One side of the fragment contains Greek text from John 18:37-38. The other side contains text from John 18:31-33. Scholars believe each page was about 210 x 220 mm with room for eighteen lines on each page, so that would make the Gospel of John alone about 130 pages long.
- How do scholars test ancient manuscripts? First, they work out the time span from when it was originally written—to the time of the oldest copy that is still around. Next, they look at how many copies are still around. So how does the New Testament compare to other historical records? The time span between when the original was written and the earliest copy we have is less than 100 years. There are something like 24,000 copies and 5,000 of them are in Greek. Other historical works are accepted without question, even if their earliest copies are more than 1000 years older than the original. If the New Testament was a secular document, it would not even be questioned.
- There is plenty of evidence that the Bible is God’s Word—and that Jesus Christ is God the Creator. No other figure or religious leader in history has done the great miracles He did – clearly demonstrating His power over nature and showing us exactly who He was – then rise from the dead as an encore. But this is exactly why He came. The Bible is all about Jesus. How God took on human form to become our ‘Kinsman Redeemer’ (i.e. human; related to Adam; and therefore related to all of us, Adam’s descendants), the long-awaited Messiah first promised to Adam and Eve—fulfilling hundreds of highly specific prophecies that were in ‘black and white’ hundreds of years before the Messiah was even born—lived a perfect life—paid the penalty of death for our sin and rebellion against Him—was buried—then rose again—so we could have a relationship with Him forever. It cost Him everything. It costs us nothing. All we have to do is accept it.
NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW ~ INFORMATION FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
In the Footsteps of Jesus ~ Secrets of the New testament ~ Article for Kids (Paper Gifts for Estefany) an apologetics article giving an overview of the New Testament that was written by eyewitnesses; also available in French; free printable
How we got our Bible – video | text (Dr. Chuck Missler) What we believe about the Bible can be the most important central issue in our lives, threading its way into the very fabric of who we are and how we live each day. Where did the Bible come from? Why do we believe its origin is supernatural? Who defined the canon of Scripture? Most importantly, is the Bible the Word of God? You and I are gambling our eternity on the answer…
Matthew to Revelation – poem (abdaacts; scroll down to the brown text) A review of the New Testament books in poetry form: “The Book of Matthew reveals Jesus is The King, Mark shows that God’s Anointed is serving. In Luke, The Messiah is The Son of Man, But in John God submits The Sacrificial Lamb. Scriptures in Acts The Holy Spirit unlock, as Christians spread out from Antioch…”; free printable
New Testament Books ~ Q&A (creation.com) Topics include: Jesus Christ on the infallibility of Scripture; Gospel dates and reliability; Can we believe the Gospels; Date of John’s Gospel; The authority of Scripture (also available in Spanish); Should we trust the Bible; Has the New Testament been corrupted?; When were the biblical books written? Does archaeology confirm the Bible’s historical record? How did we get our Bible? … and more
NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW ~ COLOURING FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
A Scribe hard at work – colouring (abdaacts) writing their eyewitness accounts (on a scroll, not a codex) which will later join with other eyewitness accounts and letters to form the New Testament; free printable
New Testament Bookcase – colouring (ministryark) books of the New Testament in a bookcase; free printable
Books of the New Testament – colouring pages (ministry-to-children) one page for each book of the New Testament; free printable
Books of the New Testament – colouring pages (biblecoloringpagesforkids; scroll down) this would also make a fun activity to learn the order of the books: shrink them down, colour them in, then use it as a jigsaw puzzle activity for kids to put them in order; free printable
Jazz up your colouring pages combine or shrink your colouring and puzzle pages to make a unique scene; add a title, a border, a Bible verse and some clip art to make your colouring pages more interesting with this easy tutorial; or you are welcome to use these frames that I made up for my kids (Paper Gifts for Estefany) – portrait or landscape; free printable
NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW ~ PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Books of the New Testament – word search (max7) puzzle based on the books of the New Testament; also available in Spanish and Portuguese; 78 words; free printable
When I did this theme for my kids, I put this max7 word search puzzle into my portrait frame, recoloured it to give it a bit of interest (use this tutorial to show you how) and added these words: ‘The year is 100 AD. You are a guest among the early Christians. Today you are helping collect all the New Testament letters written by the Apostles. There are also some other words to find as well. See if you can find them all.’
God so loved the world – word search (max7) that He gave His One and Only Son; a summary of the New Testament; puzzle in the shape of a cross based on John 3:16; 25 words; Christ takes our sins and gives us His goodness; Jesus died for us so that we can live with Him forever; more puzzles; free printable
New Testament Overview – puzzle review worksheets (ministry-to-children) Gospels; Acts; Paul’s Letters; General Letters; Prophecy to help children understand how Bible history fits together to make the whole story of the Bible; New Testament – Word search find the 21 letters that were written in the New Testament; free printable
New Testament Jumble (Biblewise) unscramble the names of the New Testament books; New Testament – Unscramble unscramble these names of people from the New Testament; Word search – Puzzle of people and events from the New Testament; 2 Timothy 3:16 – coded puzzle solve the puzzle to find out how we know the Bible is true; ALL Scripture is God-breathed; God’s Word in Your Heart – maze Read about closeness with God and memorize Colossians 3:16; Match People, Places and Events in the New Testament; Prophecy Match easy puzzle looking up and matching the 3 Old Testament prophecies with their fulfilment in the New Testament; Which Gospel? identify which Gospel tells about these 10 subjects, M for Matthew, L for Luke, B for both, or N for none; Which Gospel? (younger children) – identify which Gospel tells about these 6 pictures, M for Matthew, L for Luke, B for both, or N for none; Match the 3 pairs of scrolls; free printable
New Testament Books – word search (applesaucekids; press CTRL + F to print) circle only the books of the New Testament; free printable
Design Your Own Puzzle Feeling creative? Choose from several puzzle styles and use words your child will know to create a personal puzzle just for them… wherever your creativity leads you.
NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW ~ CRAFTS / ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Memorise the books of the New Testament in less than 10 minutes (whenoneteachestwolearn) using a fun story called ‘My Very Strange Day’ that can be adapted using the name of your child. Here is an excerpt: ‘Next, I walked up to the children’s church room and saw the strangest thing. There in the corner of the room stood Goliath eating potato chips! This day was getting stranger by the minute, but Goliath got me thinking. Goliath eats potato chips…That can help me remember the next few books of the New Testament: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians’; and scroll down for more ideas
New Testament – Bingo (sundayschoolsources; scroll down) includes instructions, call cards, and 12 Bingo cards to learn the books of the New Testament; using visual cue cards to help younger students who will be able to match the image, even if they cannot read yet; New Testament – Flash Cards; also available in Spanish; free printable
Books of the New Testament – board game (mssscrafts) colourful S-shaped game board to make and help kids learn their memory verses; free printable
New Testament Books – Memory Cards (vicki-arnold) to help kids memorise the books of the Bible; free printable
New Testament Twister – game (lifeway; adapt each game for New Testament books only) using a Twister game mat; or make your own from paper or material; Bible Wheels using pizza trays, pegs and permanent markers; Bible Skills Game using arm extender grabbers; Tic Tac Flip; New Testament Tower using stacking blocks; Ping Pong Golf; Chopstick / CD sort (scroll down); Bible Drill Splash using noodles and a swimming pool; New Testament pyramid using disposable cups; more hands on games for your homeschool or Sunday school students to make Bible learning fun
Scroll – learn to draw (1arthouse) write down your favourite New Testament Bible verse or even your own eyewitness encounter with the Lord Jesus; free printable
NEW TESTAMENT OVERVIEW ~ PAPER GIFTS / STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
New Testament – bookmark to colour (ministryark; scroll down) a bookcase showing the different books of the New Testament; free printable
Award Certificate (hooverwebdesign) for memorising the books of the New Testament; free printable
How did we get our Bible – booklet (creation.com) No book has impacted humanity like the Bible. Every Christian should be able to defend why they trust the Bible to be the Word of God. This booklet shows how the books we have today came to be the Bible—the biggest-selling and most read book in human history. Also learn the ultimate reason why God chose to communicate with His creation; booklet in English or Spanish; for purchase; small cost.
Books of the Bible ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas (for an overview of the whole Bible, both the Old and New Testaments); free printable
The Secrets of the Missing Scrolls a favourite package for my kids was a mystery / adventure theme describing the ultimate treasure hunt to teach them that God’s Word CAN be trusted. I sent them deep into the desert on a very special and dangerous mission travelling backwards and forwards through time; boldly helping others to escape from Roman soldiers; witnessing dangerous and secret meetings at the highly volatile Jerusalem border; preparing the Great Isaiah scroll for the coming Messiah; being part of an exciting archaeological expedition; and actually discovering the archaeological treasure find of the century… real eternal treasure… the very famous Dead Sea Scrolls (the Old Testament).
Bible Treasure Theme Ahoy me hearties! Arrr! Yar ha arrr! One of my favourite themes that I have done for my kids was a fun Bible Treasure theme full of pirates, treasure chests and swashbuckling adventure to encourage them to dig into eternal treasure and the promises of God.
And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget to tell them about our awesome Creator who came to Earth to live a perfect life, pay the penalty of death for our sins, then rise again victorious…
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