Date

September 27 - October 3, 2020

Location

West Franklin
700 New Highway 96 W
Franklin, TN 37064 United States

Sunday September 27, 2020 | John Pointed to Jesus

John the Baptist told people to get ready for Jesus, the promised Messiah. Now that Jesus was on earth, John’s mission was complete. Jesus was greater than John, and John joyfully stepped aside as Jesus began His earthly ministry.

This Week’s Lesson: John Pointed to Jesus

  • Bible Passage: Matthew 3John 13
  • Story Point: John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus.
  • Key Passage: John 3:30
  • Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

Jesus and His disciples went out into the countryside. People came to see them, and Jesus taught the people. Many people were baptized.

Nearby, John the Baptist was baptizing people too. Some of the people who followed John got into an argument. They went to John.

“Teacher,” they said, “remember the man you talked about, the One who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River? His disciples are baptizing people, and people are starting to follow Him.”

John’s followers were talking about Jesus. John answered them, “You heard me say that I am not the Messiah. I am the messenger who goes before Him to announce that He is coming.” This was true. John had said, “Someone greater than me is coming. I am not worthy to remove His sandals. I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

John tried to explain by talking about a wedding. When two people get married, the man who marries the bride is the groom. His friend stands with him at the wedding, and he is happy to be there and hear the groom’s voice. John also knew that a wedding is the groom’s special day; the groom’s friend should not make it about himself. This was how John felt—like a groom’s friend—because he was happy that Jesus, the Messiah, had come. John said, “Jesus must increase, but I must decrease.”

Then John explained why Jesus was more important than himself. John was from the earth, and he could only talk about things on earth. Jesus—the One who comes from heaven—talked about things in heaven because He had seen them! Still, no one believed what Jesus said.

Whoever believes Jesus knows that God tells the truth. God sent Jesus to earth, and Jesus speaks God’s words.

The Father loves the Son and has given Him power over everything. Whoever believes in the Son will have eternal life, but whoever refuses to believe in the Son will not have eternal life. He will never be able to get away from God’s judgment.

Christ Connection

John the Baptist told people to get ready for Jesus, the promised Messiah. Now that Jesus was on earth, John’s mission was complete. Jesus was greater than John, and John joyfully stepped aside as Jesus began His earthly ministry.

Family Starting Points

  • John the Baptist told people to follow Jesus.
  • Why did Jesus become human? Jesus became human to obey His Father’s plan and rescue sinners.

Activity Pages


Family Activity

Where are you from?

Display a map. Invite kids to point to their hometowns or provide small stickers to mark where they are from. Allow kids to share about the places they marked on the map. Who do they know that lives farthest away? Do they know anyone from another state or another country? Lead kids to discuss other places they have traveled or places they would like to visit someday. Today’s Bible story is about Jesus and John. John explained to his followers who Jesus is and where He came from.

Contact

West Franklin
info@westfranklinchurch.com
615-850-3170