-2- John The Baptist: Ages 3-8Posted: 09/06/2010
Note: I adapted these lessons to correspond with the Family Entertainment Network: Animated Stories from the New Testament video series. The numbers before the lesson title match up with the numbers on the video cases. These lessons can also be used on their own, or along with other video material, such as SuperBook and VeggieTales.
And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 (NIV)
Do you think God was proud of His son, Jesus?
I know he was, because the Bible tells us that he was. When Jesus was baptized, the Bible tells us that there was a voice from heaven that said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
Why do you think God was pleased with His son?
I think the main reason that God was proud of Jesus is that Jesus always did what his Father sent him to do. Do you always do what your father or mother tells you to do? I doubt if any of us could answer “yes” to that question — but Jesus could. Jesus said “I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38) That would make a Father proud, wouldn’t it?
When we trust in Jesus as our Savior, we become the children of God. God is proud of us from the very beginning when we become his children because that is what he wants us to be. And like a good Father – or a good Mother – God is there to help us do all the other things he asks us to do – things like loving our brothers and sisters – and forgiving and helping one another – and sharing the good things that he gives us with those who are in need.
Wouldn’t you like to be the kind of child that would cause God to look down from heaven, as he did with Jesus, and say, “My child, I am proud of you?” I would like to be like that – and every day I try to be, knowing that God loves me and is there to help me be the kind of child he wants me to be.
Father, we want to be the kind of children you want us to be. Help us each day to do the things that are pleasing to you. Amen.
I Have Decided To Follow Jesus
(Excerpts taken from Sermons4Kids: “I’m Proud of You!”)