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Nov 2017

Kids Lesson Review – Matthew 3 – The Baptism of Jesus

Parents,

Here are some review notes from this week’s lesson in our preschool and K-4 classes. This week we studied Matthew 3, The Baptism of Jesus.

This is lesson 5 of 78 in our study of the New Testament. This lesson corresponds with Story 83 in The Gospel Story Bible and with Week 5 of the Old Story New family devotional.

Gospel Truth for Today

When John saw Jesus he said, “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29). Though Jesus was sinless, he was baptized by John to identify with sinful man. He would ultimately die on the cross, be buried, and rise from the dead to save us from God’s judgment for our sins. Now we get baptized to identify with Jesus when we become Christians.

The Lesson In A Sentence

Even though he had no sin, Jesus was baptized by John to identify with sinful man.

Questions For Your Kids

Parents, we have provided some basic answers to the questions so that when your child inevitably says, “I don’t remember,” you can feed them some clues and help them recount the lesson.

When Jesus was baptized, we learned that God is three persons in one. Can you name the three persons that we observed at Jesus’ baptism?

God the Son: Jesus – Jesus is God and was being baptized.

God the Father – When Jesus came out of the water, we heard God the Father’s voice saying “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:17)

God the Holy Spirit – When Jesus came out of the water, the heavens opened and the Holy Spirit descended like a dove and rested on Jesus.

Note to parents: Explaining (and understanding) the Trinity is no easy task, even for adults. It is ok to let kids know that there are things about God that we won’t fully understand until we see God face-to-face. But, we do need to believe what the Bible teaches. Specifically that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4) and that he exists in 3 persons (as clearly seen at Jesus’ baptism)

Jesus was baptized to identify with us. Why do people get baptized today?

They are baptized because Jesus instructed people who follow him to be baptized (Matthew 28:19-20). By obeying Jesus we demonstrate that we identify with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection for our sins (Romans 6:4).

 


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