Happy May! This month we’ll be learning about the Bible stories after Jesus went back to heaven.
This story is from Acts 2.
After Jesus went back to heaven to be with God, the disciples and other people who loved Jesus remembered Jesus’ words that they were to go! and make disciples of all the people. But they had to wait for Jesus’ spirit to come back to them.
During a big celebration called the feast of weeks, the disciples were all gathered together in a house when a big wind came and what looked like tongues of fire came and rested near each of them and they were able to each speak new languages.
They started telling all the people who had come for the celebration about Jesus and everyone could understand them. They were so confused and said “how do these guys know how speak so many languages?! have they gone crazy?”
Then Peter stood up and said “no! these guys aren’t crazy! This is just what Jesus said would happen! Even from the beginning of the Bible, it was said that a savior would come and that He would die for us. Jesus is that messiah. He came and loved us and died for us, and now His spirit, His power has come to us. Believe in Jesus, tell Him you are sorry for your bad choices and you TOO can have Jesus live in your hearts like He has come to live in ours.”
Lots of people believed that day and became followers of Jesus. They all lived together and studied the Bible together. They shared what they had and did just what Jesus said…they told everyone about Him and made disciples of all the nations.
If we too choose to believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive our bad choices, then He will forgive us and live in our hearts too.
For our activity, we drew some of the disciples and then added tongues of fire (tissue paper). We talked about how when the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts, we probably won’t see real fire, but we will be given the same power that helped the disciples know how to talk to all the people. We might not be gifted to speak in different languages, but that power of God is in us (if we believe and repent) and He will help us do what we need to do to tell others about Him.
Disclaimer: I am a big proponent of child-produced art (minimal cut outs and directives), so our pictures always look child-like and often between our two children, the results vary. It is most important to me that they understand the story and as they work on their projects, we discuss the story again.
Love to you all.