20 Jesus Blesses the children

UNIT #: 
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Lesson Theme: 
Let the Children Come to Jesus
Aim: 

Jesus cares about children

Bible Passage: 

Matthew 19:13-15

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus Blesses Little Children

13 Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

You can read other accounts of this story in Mark 10:13-16 and Luke 18:15-17. 

Parents (Mothers) want what is best for their children.  They had seen Jesus do wonderful miracles such as healing people and bringing comfort to those in need.  It was the Jewish custom for parents to bring their children to the synagogue leader before their first birthday.  They regarded Jesus as a Rabbi.  

In Matthew 18:4-6 (NRSV) Jesus says, "Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.  “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea."  Jesus wanted His followers to be like children.  Their innocence and sense of humility and hope were attributes that Jesus wanted His disciples to notice.

Main Ideas: 

This same story is in Mark 10:13-16 and Luke 18:15-17.

One day, after Jesus had been teaching people about God, some mothers started bringing their little babies and their children to Jesus to be blessed.  But the disciples thought they were bothering Jesus and started sending the mothers and children away.

When Jesus saw this and He rebuked the disciples.  Rebuked means to show sharp disapproval because of their behavior or actions. 

Jesus wanted little children to come because He loves them and they have the kind of attitude needed to approach God.  Everyone needs childlike faith in God.  The openness of little children was a great contrast to the stubbornness of the religious leaders, who let their education stand in the way of the simple faith needed to believe in Jesus.

After Jesus blessed them, He went on from there.

Activities: 

"JESUS LOVES THE CHILDREN" BULLETIN BOARD

Place a picture of Jesus in the center of the board and then put children’s pictures all around. These could be photos of  the children in your class as well as the entire parish. Title the board “Jesus Loves the Children”.

Lesson Review: 

Review Time:

1.  What did the mothers want Jesus to give their children?

2.  What did the disciples do when mothers brought their children to Jesus?

3.  When Jesus saw the disciples keeping the children away, what did he say?

Values for Life: 

God knows us by name.  He knew us even before He formed us in our mother's womb (Jeremiah 1:5).  God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth to die on the cross for all of our sins.  Jesus is waiting with His arms open for you and I. 

Jesus loves us, but He especially loves the little children.  Jesus loves the little children because of their humbleness, kind and loving nature. 

 

Life Response/My Decision: 

Jesus loves you, do you love Jesus?  How do you show Jesus that you love Him?  Do you spend time in prayer?  Morning and evening?  Do you spend time in God's Word?

Memory Verse: 

Matthew 19:14

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank you for sending your son to die on the cross for our sins.  Forgive us Father, for we are sinners.  We have sinned against you knowing and unknowingly.  Help us to live a life pleasing in your sight.  Help us to be like little children, with humbleness, loving and kind.

In Jesus Name we pray,

Amen

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