Lessons from the early days of Jesus

The Boy Jesus in the Temple

This is the only account we have in Scripture of Jesus as a child. Luke’s emphasis is on the fact that Jesus demonstrated wisdom and was aware of his unique relationship to the Father, even at an early age. Firstly, we want the children to know that they are never too young to seek God’s wisdom and his purposes! We want them to “increase in wisdom and stature” (v. 52), just as Jesus did! Secondly, we want them to understand that the wisest thing that they can do is put their faith in Jesus.

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The Baptism of Jesus

Matthew 3.11-17 John the baptizer was surprised that Jesus wanted to be baptized. John recognized that Jesus was the Messiah who would take away the sins of the world and it was dramatically confirmed when…

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The Temptation of Jesus

Jesus was tempted in the same ways that we are but he did not give in; he used his knowledge of God’s Word to resist. He showed his readiness to carry out his role as the Son of God on earth. We want the kids to know that Jesus is more powerful than sin!

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Jesus Calls Peter

The calling of the disciples is central to the gospel story and it comes up in all four of the gospels. The fact that Jesus chooses people and equips them for his work is as true for us today as it was back then. We want the kids to know that Jesus is on a mission to save the world and that he has invited us to be part of that incredible mission! Sometimes it means leaving things behind, but we will never be disappointed.

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