Sunday School Bible Stories – John the Baptist
Sunday School Bible stories help children to develop an understanding of who God is, what He has done for us and what we need to do to respond to Him. Today I wanted to look at the story of John the Baptist. Jesus said there was none greater of earthly decent than John the Baptist. John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins. The Bible records the story of Mary visiting Elizabeth, but I have to believe there were many other visits that never were recorded. Mary and Elizabeth had to feel an intense bond as they wondered how God was going to work in the lives of their children. I wish someone had recorded the early years. I’d love to know if Jesus and John were friends as children. Would their conversation be like normal children or did Jesus talk to John about how God was going to work in John’s life?
The story of John the Baptist is found found in the early parts of the Gospels. What does this Sunday School Bible story tell us that we can share with children?
- God worked in the life of John before he was even born. Elizabeth knew it and followed God with all her heart. God is at work in the lives of mothers every day. Children are like a clean slate and can grow up to do great things or cause pain and destruction. Moms are a big influence in which way children go. From the life of John children can learn that God wants to work in their life and that they can do great things if they will follow God.
- John listens and follows God. He was called to get people ready for the coming of Jesus. Children have special talents and interests that God can use, even at a young age.
- Bad things do happen to good people. John spent his life serving God. His earthly reward was prison and beheading. We tend to think that if we follow God we will be rewarded on earth. While that is sometimes true there is no guarantee. Jesus said in this life you WILL have troubles, but cheer up for I have overcome the world.
- It is okay to question God. John had followed God his entire life and was now in prison. I’m sure that is now how he pictured the end of his life. If it were me I’d have pictured myself working side by side with Jesus to bring in the kingdom of God. In prison he questioned God’s will and everything that was going on so he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he really was God’s son. I think the implication was if you are God’s son why am I in prison and do something about it. Jesus sent John’s disciples back with the message about people who’s lives were being changed and a personal message to John: Keep believing God is in control even though you don’t feel that way right now. There are times in the lives of our children when everything seems to be falling apart. God’s message to them is the same: I am in control and will help you through whatever is going on in your life.
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