Bible Passage: Matthew 3; John 1; 3
Story Point: John told people to follow Jesus.
Key Passage: John 3:30
Show videos: There is a video for Early Childhood, and one for Elementary. If you have children in both age groups, show both!
Discussion Time: Follow up with the following questions. Answers are provided, but first see what your child comes up with.
Early Childhood 2-5 years old:
- Who were the two men teaching and baptizing? (John the Baptist and Jesus)
- What did John say his job was? (to be the messenger who told people the Messiah was coming)
- Who is the most important at a wedding, the groom or his friends? (the groom)
- Who sent Jesus to earth? (God)
- Where do people who believe in Jesus live forever? (with God in heaven)
- Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to rescue sinners.
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
- What were Jesus and His disciples doing in the countryside? (teaching and baptizing people, John 3:22)
- Why were John’s disciples arguing? (Many were starting to follow Jesus instead of John, John 3:26)
- What did John want to happen? (John wanted Jesus to get the glory as Messiah; John 3:30-31,35)
- Why is it good to glorify Jesus? Guide kids to understand that people were created by God to glorify God. Jesus is God the Son. When we glorify Him in our lives, we are fulfilling our purpose, and it is good for us. Everything God does is for His glory and our good, including creating us to worship Him.
- When is it hard to glorify Jesus? Discuss situations kids may face that can fill them with pride or arrogance. Explain that sinful pride makes it impossible to glorify Jesus. Remind them that our gifts and talents were given by God as a way to glorify God. When we do well, we can thank God and remind other people about His goodness to bless us with talents or skills.
- How can we learn to show humility? Explain that the first step toward humility is understanding who Jesus is. He is God’s beloved Son. He is the Messiah. The story of our lives is ultimately about Him, not any of us. Help kids consider that all people are equally valuable to God as all people are made in His image. None of us are better. All of us are His creations.
Activity: Alphabet Praises
Direct your kids to sit in a circle. Start the game by saying a trait of Jesus or a reason why He deserves all glory. This word must start with the letter A. The next person, or child, to the right will say another trait or reason, starting with the letter B this time. Play continues in this way until a trait has been named for every letter of the alphabet. Be prepared with some ideas of words for trickier letters, such as Q or X, and consider allowing some flexible rules, such as using words that start with Ex- instead of X.
Say • Jesus is the greatest of all. We love and praise Him because He alone is the perfect Messiah who died to save us from sin. John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus. We can tell others to follow Jesus as well!