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4 March, 2018

John Baptizes Jesus

Matthew 3; Luke 3:21-22

In today's Bible passage, John the Baptist baptizes people and preaches about Jesus. When Jesus comes, John baptizes Jesus. At Jesus' baptism, the skies open and God the Father announces that Jesus is his Son

Key Verse: And a voice from heaven said, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy” Matthew 3:17

We're Alike

Jesus is God's Son, so they are alike in many ways. See what similarities you can spot with household items.

  • Gather 10-20 random items from around your house.
  • Have family members take turns selecting two objects from the pile and saying ways they are alike. For example: They're both made of plastic; they're both kitchen tools.
  • Talk about these questions:
  • What are some ways each of us is like our parents?
  • What do you know about Jesus now? How does that help you know about his Father, God?

Big Blessings

Try this at bedtime each night. Put your hand on your child's head and say, "You are my dearly loved [son or daughter], who brings me great joy."

  • Ask your child what it means to hear a blessing from you.
  • Talk about what it means that God said those words about Jesus.
  • Read Galatians 3:26 as a family. Imagine God saying your name and telling you you're his son or daughter and that you bring him joy.

Family Discussion

  • What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God?
  • Imagine God saying, "[Your name], you are my dearly loved child." How do you feel about that?

Discuss and Watch

We’re learning about a guy named John who was a little bit different from other people—and who had a pretty amazing experience with Jesus. Let’s watch this video to see John’s story.

Watch “John Baptizes Jesus.” https://vimeo.com/162131414

  • John shared the message “Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming! Clear the road for him!” What do you think this means?
  • Why do you think God wanted everyone to hear this message?
  • Jesus is God’s Son. When we get to know Jesus, we get to know God. What do you know about Jesus that is also true about God?

John wanted everyone to have their hearts ready for Jesus. He wanted them to start thinking about what they were doing and how they were living. But it sounds like he was a little surprised when Jesus came and wanted to be baptized. Jesus said that this was what God wanted, so John agreed to baptize Jesus.

It must have been amazing when the sky opened up and a dove came down and landed on Jesus! And it must have been really amazing when everyone heard God’s voice say, “This is my dearly loved Son, who brings me great joy.”

It’s exciting to know that we can get to know God by getting to know Jesus. We know for sure that Jesus loves us—and that means God loves us, too!

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