Sunday September 13, 2020 | Jesus’ Baptism
Jesus never sinned, but He obeyed God and was baptized like sinners are baptized. Baptism reminds us of Jesus’death and resurrection. It reminds us that when we trust in Jesus, we turn from sin and start a new life—a life lived for Jesus.
John the Baptist lived in the wilderness, far away from the city. His clothes were made out of camel’s hair, and his belt was made of leather. When John was hungry, he ate locusts and wild honey. John began telling people, “Repent and be baptized! God’s kingdom is coming. It is almost here!”“Who are you?” the people asked.John said, “I am not the Messiah.”Many years before John was born, Isaiah the prophet said, “Someone is shouting in the wilderness. He says, ‘Get ready for the Lord; make way for Him!’” Isaiah had been talking about John! John had a very important job. He was supposed to get people ready for Jesus—the Messiah God promised. People listened to John, and they started to repent; they were sorry for their sins and asked God to forgive them. Then John baptized them in the Jordan River.John said, “Someone greater than me is coming. I am not good enough to even untie His sandals. I baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with God’s Spirit.”Now Jesus was in the land of Galilee. He went to see John the Baptist at the Jordan River. Jesus asked John to baptize Him. John was surprised. He didn’t think he should baptize Jesus. John said, “I need You to baptize me. Why do You want me to baptize You?” John only baptized people who were sorry for their sins. Jesus never sinned!Jesus said, “Let Me be baptized. God says this is the right thing to do.” So John baptized Jesus. When Jesus came up from the water, the sky opened and Jesus saw God’s Spirit coming down on Him like a dove. Then God’s voice came from heaven. “This is My Son,” the voice said. “I love Him, and I am very happy with Him!”
Christ Connection: Jesus never did anything wrong, but He was baptized like sinners are baptized. Baptism reminds us that Jesus died and came back to life. People who know and love Jesus are baptized to show they are following Jesus.
Babies and Toddlers
Activity 1: Draw someone strong and powerful-Give your child a piece of paper and crayons or markers. Encourage them to draw someone strong and powerful.SAY•The Jewish people knew that God had promised to send a Messiah, or Savior. They thought God would send someone strong and powerful. They had been waiting for many years for this Messiah to come. They were probably very excited when they heard John say that his job was to get people ready for the Messiah. John said Someone greater than him was coming. Listen to hear what happened as John was teaching and baptizing.
Activity 2: Untie shoelaces-Encourage your child to untie their own shoelaces or the laces of extra shoes you provide. Retie the laces for them to untie as long as they show interest. Consider giving older preschoolers a lesson in how to tie shoes. SAY•When people offer to tie your shoelaces, they want to help you. They are being kind. Tying your shoelaces keeps you from tripping. When someone unties your shoelaces, you can take off your shoes. Tying and untying shoe laces are small jobs but very helpful. In our Bible story, John said Someone greater than him was coming. John said he was not good enough to even untie this Person’s sandals. Let’s listen to the Bible story to hear who was the very special Person John spoke of.
Activity 3: Play out the Bible story with water-Spread a towel on a table and cover the floor around the table with additional towels. Place a plastic bin on the table. Fill the bin with a couple inches of water to represent the Jordan River. Set out several plastic people figures and a plastic bird. Lead your child to play out the Bible story. SAY• John taught and preached. Many people came to hear him. When the people said they were sorry for their sins and asked God to forgive them, John baptized them. John was surprised when Jesus asked to be baptized, but John baptized Jesus. Then God’s Spirit came down on Jesus like a dove. God’s voice came from heaven. “This is My Son. I love Him, and I am very happy with Him!” John knew Jesus was God’s Son.
Have a Blessed Sunday!