Pack your bags and grab your gear, VBS 2021 is headed to present-day Israel where an epic adventure of discovery awaits. Discover long-hidden treasures, amazing finds, and exciting evidence that proves biblical events were not just stories. They really happened.
At Destination Dig, kids will unearth more than just dirt. They’ll discover real-life archaeological finds that have helped to uncover the truth about Jesus. Stories from the Bible will leap off the pages as kids explore where Jesus walked and examine artifacts that bring the world of the Bible to life. As junior archaeologists, kids will study tangible pieces of the past to learn the truth about who Jesus is and why He came. Along the way they’ll discover the truth of Jeremiah 29:13 that God reveals Himself to us when we seek and search for Him with all our hearts.
You will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 (CSB)
Seek Truth! Find Jesus!
God sent Jesus to seek and save sinners. When we trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord, He forgives our sins and gives us eternal life.
Day 1: Jesus Came as God Promised
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Was Born (Isaiah 7:14; Micah 5:2; Matthew 1:18–2:6)
Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, God told prophets to write about His plan to send His Son to be our Savior. Many years later an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph. The angel told him Mary would have God’s Son, and they were to name Him Jesus. Just as God promised, Jesus was born in Bethlehem. God promised He would send His Son, and He did.
THE POINT: Jesus is the Savior God promised.
BONUS VERSE: For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us. Isaiah 9:6a
ARTIFACT: Pottery jars holding the Dead Sea Scrolls
Day 2: Jesus Demonstrated God’s Power
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Healed a Blind Man (Psalm 146:8; Isaiah 35:5-6a; John 9:1-41)
Prophets wrote about what would happen when God’s Son came to earth. They wrote about miracles He would perform such as healing people. When Jesus began His ministry, He did everything God said He would do. One day while in Jerusalem, Jesus passed a man who had been blind since birth. Jesus spat on the ground and made some mud. He spread the mud over the man’s eyes and told the man to go wash in the Pool of Siloam. The man did as he was told, and he could see! The man told people what Jesus had done. Later, when the man saw Jesus, he worshiped Him.
THE POINT: Jesus has the power God promised.
BONUS VERSE: If this man were not from God, he wouldn’t be able to do anything. John 9:33
ARTIFACT: Pool of Siloam
Day 3: Jesus Was Betrayed and Rejected
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Experienced Betrayal and Rejection (Psalm 41:9; Isaiah 53:3,7; John 13; 18:1– 19:16)
Jesus shared one last special supper with His disciples. During the meal Jesus explained that one of the disciples would betray Him. Jesus knew His betrayal and death would fulfill God’s plan. After the meal, Jesus and all the disciples except for Judas went to the garden in Gethsemane. While they were there, Judas brought the soldiers to arrest Jesus and take Him to the high priest to begin the trials the prophets had written about many years before. Pilate, the Roman governor, tried to find a way to release Jesus, but the crowd shouted, “Crucify Him!” Jesus remained silent just as the prophecy said He would. Finally, Pilate gave in to the people’s demands, and Jesus was handed over to the soldiers to be crucified.
THE POINT: Jesus knew what would happen and still followed God’s plan.
BONUS VERSE: The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Matthew 20:28
ARTIFACT: Caiaphas’ steps
Day 4: Jesus Died and Rose Again
BIBLE STORY: Jesus Is Alive (Isaiah 53:5,9-11; John 19:17–20:18)
God told prophets that Jesus would be born and that He would die for our sins. God also said that Jesus would die with the wicked, be buried with the rich, and be raised from the dead. Just as God said, Jesus was crucified between two criminals and Joseph of Arimathea, a wealthy man, buried Jesus’ body in Joseph’s tomb. A stone was rolled in front of the tomb. On the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb. The stone had been rolled away, and Jesus was gone. Peter and John came to the tomb and saw the burial clothes, but Jesus was not there. While Mary stood outside the tomb crying, a man she thought was a gardener appeared. The Man called her name and immediately Mary knew He was Jesus. She couldn’t wait to tell the disciples that Jesus is alive!
THE POINT: Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to be our Savior.
BONUS VERSE: Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me, even if he dies, will live.” John 11:25
ARTIFACT: Rolling grave stone
Day 5: The Bible Is True
BIBLE STORY: Philip Told the Good News (Isaiah 53:7-8; Acts 8:26-40)
While Philip was preaching in Samaria, an angel of the Lord told him to go south to the road that goes to Gaza. Philip obeyed the angel. Philip saw a man traveling in a chariot. The man was reading a copy of the Isaiah scroll. Philip asked the man if he understood what he was reading. The man said he did not and that he needed someone to explain it to him. Philip explained the good news about Jesus to the man. The man believed what Philip told him and believed in Jesus. Philip baptized the man, and the man went on his way rejoicing.
THE POINT: The Bible is true and helps us tell others about Jesus.
BONUS VERSE: For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Romans 1:16
ARTIFACT: Qumran Scrolls
Worship Rally Dig Site
Bible Study Tent
Mess Tent Snacks
Desert Cave Music