Bible Passage: Luke 4
Story Point: Jesus Loves All People
Key Passage: John 3:16
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:
- Which Old Testament prophet wrote the scroll that Jesus read from? (Isaiah)
- When did Isaiah write these words? (long before Jesus was born)
- What did Jesus teach about the messiah? (Jesus taught that He is the Messiah.)
- How did the people of Nazareth respond to Jesus? (They were angry.)
- What makes people special? (People are special because God made us in His own image.)
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
- Where did Jesus grow up? (Nazareth, Luke 4:16)
- From whose scroll did Jesus read? (the prophet Isaiah’s, Luke 4:17)
- How did the people react to Jesus? (amazed and confused at first, then angry; Luke 4:22, 28?
- How do we know Jesus really is the Messiah? (Guide kids to discuss the overwhelming evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. Remind then of all the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, such as His birth in Bethlehem. Point out His power to heal people and remind then that God called Jesus His Son. Jesus’ claim in this story is well supported by other evidence.)
- What does it mean to accept Jess rather than reject Him? (Help kids see that when our faith is in Jesus, we are doing more than admitting that He is the Messiah, we are also saying that He is the Lord of our lives. When we believe in Jesus, we are saying that we want Him to guide and control our lives. We want to obey Him out of love and serve Him to glorify God.)
- What can we do if we know someone who rejects Jesus? (Remind kids that we cannot save anyone. Our job when we believe the gospel is to teach other people about Jesus. Help kids understand that God is the One who saves people. Discuss the importance of prayer in leading others to Jesus. Make sure they know that we treat everyone with kindness and respect, even if they don’t yet believe the gospel.)
Supplies: pencils and crayons, paper
Distribute a sheet of paper to each child. Ask the kids to write about or draw a picture to answer the following questions:
- What does this story teach me about God or about the Gospel?
- What does this story teach me about myself?
- Whom can I tell about this story?