Prepare the Way for Jesus

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Prepare the Way for Jesus / Luke 3:1-20

One Main Truth:  God’s word promised that one, John the Baptist,

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 In the Game: “One Player went before you in the Race”
In the Bible: “John the Baptist went before Jesus”
In your Life: “God’s Word Promised One would Prepare the Way for Jesus”

1 GAME EXPERIENCE: Baton Relay Race

  1. Divide players into 4 teams. 
  2. Give the first player of each team a baton (this can be an item that can be easily passed from player to player like a small stick or sock). Have the first player run the first lap then pass the baton to the next player. 
  3. Important: The next player can’t go until they have the baton in their hand. 
  4. Run 5 players for each team. When the 5th player is done all 5 sit down, and the first team sitting down wins. Those five players go to the end of the line and then continue with the next 5 players from each team.

2 BIBLE DISCOVERIES: Gospel & Truth - Luke 3:1-20

THE CIRCUMSTANCE (Luke 3:1-6) 
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, Philip tetrarch of Ituraea, Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, during the high priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, God’s word came to John in the wilderness. John traveled throughout the region, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. As Isaiah foretold, John prepared the way for the Lord, making paths straight, leveling mountains, and filling valleys so that all flesh might see God’s salvation.

THE CHOICE (Luke 3:7-14) 
In this wilderness, a diverse crowd gathered, seeking guidance. John’s voice echoed sternly, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from wrath?” He urged them to bear fruits of repentance, not relying on heritage. The crowd inquired, “What shall we do?” John answered with love, prompting introspection. To those with extra, he said, “Share.” Tax collectors questioned, and John advised honesty. Soldiers, too, sought wisdom; John exhorted them not to extort and to be content. Through these choices, John directed hearts toward righteousness.

THE CONSEQUENCE (Luke 3:15-20) 
As anticipation grew, some wondered if John was the Christ. John humbly declared his unworthiness, announcing the coming of one mightier than himself, who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. He likened this to separating the wheat from the chaff, with the wheat gathered and the chaff burned. Despite his teachings, Herod imprisoned John for rebuking his sins, illustrating the consequences of speaking truth to power.
Did you know what John the Baptist said about Jesus, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29b) John also said about Jesus “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30) John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus!

LIFE LESSON
In the wilderness of choices, our fruits reveal our hearts. Repentance opens the path to God’s salvation, preparing us for the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire.

3 LIFE CONNECTIONS: Connecting Jesus to Every Child

(1) The One Main Truth Planted in MY HEART, Growing MY ATTITUDE

POWER WORDS:   “Repent for the kingdom of God is near.”  Matthew 3:1b

(2) The One Main Truth Rooted in MY MIND, Leading MY CHOICES

POWER QUESTIONS:

Game Questions:

  • In the Baton Relay Race, why is it crucial for the next player to have the baton before running? (Hint: Think about how this relates to preparation.)
  • How does the relay race symbolize the idea of preparing the way for someone else, similar to what John the Baptist did for Jesus in the Bible?
  • What can we learn from the relay race about teamwork and passing on responsibilities, just as John prepared the way for Jesus?
    Boys & girls, that sounds a lot like what we just discovered in the Bible!”

Bible Questions

  • Why did God’s word come to John in the wilderness? (Hint: Connect this to the idea of preparation.)
  • What specific actions did John encourage people to take in response to his message of repentance? (Hint: Think about the choices he suggested.)
  • How does John’s baptism relate to the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire mentioned in the passage?

Life Questions:

  • In your life, how can you prepare the way for Jesus to work in your heart and the hearts of others?
  • Reflect on a time when you needed to make a choice that aligned with repentance and bearing good fruits. What was the outcome?
  • Think about how teamwork and passing the baton in the relay race mirror the importance of supporting and helping one another in our faith journey. How can you apply this lesson to your daily life?

(3) The One Main Truth Today Committed in MY SOUL, Inspiring MY ACTIONS

POWER PRAYER: Repeat After Me
“God thank you for sending John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus. God, how can I be prepared for Jesus to return?
*Let’s be still and quiet, opening your heart to hear God’s whisper* 
(Coach, wait at least 14 seconds, allowing God to connect to every child)
Jesus, help me be prepared for your return and to help others be prepared too.”    

Ask the children what is their favorite worship song and then sing several worship songs with Strong & Powerful Worship Motions
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Now, remember to share this truth,
practice this truth, and bring a friend back with you! Boys and girls, let’s go out as the
“Champions for Eternity” that God expects us to become!

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