Date

September 6 - 12, 2020

Location

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

Sunday September 6, 2020 | Jesus as a Child

God sent Jesus to earth with a purpose. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to honor God. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.

Jesus as a Child | Luke 2

  • BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 2Luke 2
  • STORY POINT: Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan.
  • KEY PASSAGE:  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was with God in the beginning. John 1:1-2
  • BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Is Jesus God or Human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully Human.

After Jesus was born, wise men followed a star to Bethlehem to find the new king of the Jews. The wise men worshiped Jesus as King. When they left, an angel told Joseph in a dream to leave Bethlehem because King Herod wanted to kill Jesus. So Mary, Joseph, and Jesus went to Egypt until Herod died. Then they went back to Israel and lived in Nazareth. Jesus grew up in Nazareth.

Every year, Jesus’ parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover feast. Passover was the biggest holiday for the Jewish people. Many people traveled to Jerusalem to celebrate and remember when God saved His people from slavery in Egypt.

When Jesus was 12 years old, Jesus and His family went to Jerusalem together. When it was time to go home, Mary and Joseph began traveling to Nazareth with a large group of people. They didn’t notice that Jesus was not with them; they thought He was among the group of travelers. But Jesus was not with the group. He had stayed behind in Jerusalem.

Mary and Joseph had been walking for a whole day when they started to look for Jesus. They looked among their relatives and friends, but they could not find Him. So Mary and Joseph went back to Jerusalem. They searched everywhere for Jesus. The city was so big, and Jesus was just a boy.

Finally, they found Him at the temple. Jesus was listening to the teachers and asking them questions. Everyone who heard Jesus could hardly believe how much Jesus understood. When Jesus’ parents saw Him, they were surprised. Mary said, “Son, why have You done this? Your father and I were worried. We’ve been looking everywhere for You.”

“Why were you looking for Me?” Jesus asked. “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” But Mary and Joseph did not understand what Jesus was talking about. Then Jesus went back to Nazareth with Mary and Joseph. Jesus was always obedient to them, and Mary remembered all of these things.

As Jesus grew up, He became even wiser. God was pleased with Him, and so was everyone who knew Him.

Christ Connection

God sent Jesus to earth with a purpose. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to honor God. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.

Family Starting Points

  • Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan.
  • Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.

Activity Pages

Family Activity

  • Game: Where’s Jesus?

Hide printed pictures of Jesus around the room have the students try to find them.
Resource

Contact

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