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Jesus Blesses the Little Children
Jesus Blesses the ChildrenTo Remember: We must trust in God our Father to receive the kingdom
Luke 18:15-17 People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it."While children are the focus of these passages, they are the only people in the story that do and say nothing of themselves. They are brought by their parents, blocked by the disciples, called and welcomed by Jesus. They are simply obedient and humble participants. Jesus said that of all the people involved, we should be like them. We should go where the Father wills, trusting in his love, blessing, and wisdom. Jesus said that without this attitude it is impossible to receive the kingdom. We cannot decide who will enter the kingdom. We can not decide what will happen in the kingdom. We are not in charge. God is. We are to accept Christ's rule as king, obey the laws of the kingdom and honor our fellow-citizens. Like children, we must humbly accept our place and do our best to please the Father.
Discussion: The same traits that make for bad children make for bad citizens of God's kingdom. Discuss behaviors that are not tolerated by our earthly or heavenly fathers.
Discussion: Infants are totally dependent on their parents. Discuss how we are totally dependent on God.
Sing: This is my Father's world
Craft: Have students make crowns from paper. Describe how God has made us all children of the King.
Activity: Play charades. Make up cards with items we need to live. Have students try to act out the items so the other students will guess the word. Discuss how babies can't read, write or talk; and parents have to anticipate their needs. Isn't it wonderful that our heavenly Father always knows our needs, even if we can't adequately express them?
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Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Review Questions for gameboard
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