GROWING CHILDREN IN FOLLOWING JESUS
Today’s lesson we are talking about how Jesus is the center of the big story God has written for us to read in the Bible.
Read the Bible story first and then watch the lesson video.
Jesus traveled to Nazareth, where he had grown up. On the Sabbath day he went to the synagogue as he always did. Jesus stood up to read. The book of Isaiah the prophet was given to him. He opened the book and found the place where this is written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is in me.
This is because God chose me to tell the Good News to the poor.
God sent me to tell the prisoners of sin that they are free,
and to tell the blind that they can see again. Isaiah 61:1
God sent me to free those who have been treated unfairly, Isaiah 58:6 and to announce the time when the Lord will show kindness to his people.” Isaiah 61:2
Jesus closed the book, gave it back, and sat down. Everyone in the synagogue was watching Jesus closely. He began to speak to them. He said, “While you heard these words just now, they were coming true!”
All the people praised Jesus. They were amazed at the beautiful words he spoke. They asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”
Jesus said to them, “I know that you will tell me the old saying: ‘Doctor, heal yourself.’ You want to say, ‘We heard about the things you did in Capernaum. Do those things here in your own town!’” Then Jesus said, “I tell you the truth. A prophet is not accepted in his own town. What I say is true. During the time of Elijah it did not rain in Israel for three and a half years. There was no food anywhere in the whole country. And there were many widows in Israel during that time. But Elijah was sent to none of those widows. He was sent only to a widow in Zarephath, a town in Sidon. And there were many with a harmful skin disease living in Israel during the time of the prophet Elisha. But none of them were healed except Naaman, who was from the country of Syria.”
When all the people in the synagogue heard these things, they became very angry. They got up and forced Jesus out of town. The town was built on a hill. They took Jesus to the edge of the hill and wanted to throw him off. But Jesus walked through the crowd and went on his way.
The Lord God has put his Spirit in me. This is because he has appointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort those whose hearts are broken. He has sent me to tell the captives they are free. He has sent me to tell the prisoners that they are released.
He has sent me to announce the time when the Lord will show his kindness and the time when our God will punish evil people.
He has sent me to comfort all those who are sad.
Questions to ask
- What are the hard words?
- What did not make sense?
- What questions do I have?
After you have watched the lesson and completed the bible reading, discuss these questions together:
How many different languages was the original bible written in
- Three. Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic
Thank you Jesus that you love us and you have heard our prayers. We are so thankful that we have the Bible to read so we can see how you want us to live out lives everyday. I pray that you will help us to make you the most important thing in our lives, even when that can sometimes be difficult.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Memory Verse Romans 8:38
- Yes, I am sure that nothing can separate us from the love God has for us. Not death, not life, not angels, not ruling spirits, nothing now, nothing in the future, no powers, nothing above us, nothing below us, or anything else in the whole world will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
- What is one thing you could do this week
- Why not join our Bible Verse challenge! We are memorising Romans 8 this month. For more information read here.
- Ages 4-7 Romans 8:38
- Ages 8-11 Romans 8:37-38
- Ages 12-13
- Adults – teachers/helpers. All of Romans 8!
- Sermon notes page to follow along with