Hi all! Today’s story is from Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3, and John 1.
John was Jesus’ cousin. Do you remember how he jumped in his mommy’s tummy when he was still a growing baby when Mary came to visit? The angel told John’s parents he would lead the way for the Messiah.
John and Jesus were now grownups. John wandered all around telling everyone that the Messiah was coming! He also told them to repent of their sins (that means tell God every wrong thing they’d done, AND ask God to forgive them.) Then, he would baptize them. That means he would lower them into some water (usually a lake or river) and then bring them right back up. The going under was a way to show they were leaving their sins behind, and coming out of the water new and forgiven by God.
Going in and out of the water is NOT what made God forgive the people. It was just a sign to show others that they had asked God to forgive them.
One day, Jesus came to John and asked to be baptized.
“But Jesus!? YOU are the Messiah! You’ve never done anything wrong! I should be baptized by YOU!” (Remember Jesus is God’s son, so He’s perfect and CAN’T sin (make bad choices.))
But Jesus said, “This is the right thing to do.” Jesus wanted to be baptized by John to:
- Show the people He was one of them.
- He was also setting an example for us. When we love God and ask Him to forgive us of our sins, then He asks us to be baptized…to show everyone the decision we’ve made to follow Him. (1 Peter 3:21, Col 2:12, Acts 2:38-41, Mark 16:16)
- Also, Jesus was about the show people who He REALLY was.
John agreed and baptized Jesus. When Jesus came up out of the water, the Bible says, the sky opened and the spirit of God came down as a dove and landed on Jesus. Then everyone heard God say, “This is My son, who I love. I am pleased with Him.”
**God is 3 people in one. This is called the trinity. There is God the Father in heaven; Jesus, God’s son; and the Holy Spirit, God’s spirit. When Jesus was baptized, God showed Himself to the people in all 3 ways…with Jesus, His Spirit and in His voice. (The trinity can be confusing to think about…even for grownups. The nice thing is…we will fully never understand God and His ways…and that’s OK! HE does…and we know we can trust Him. These things might make more sense as you get bigger…but you can now know God has 3 parts…the Father, the Son and the Spirit.)
Jesus showed the people who He really was–God’s son. John told everyone THIS was the Messiah and with His baptism, Jesus showed us about dying to sin and coming up with new life with God (just like He would die on the cross and rise again.)
For our craft today, we started with a popsicle stick and a string about 4x the length of the popsicle stick. (In the photo below the string is tied but DON’T tie it yet.)
Tape the string lengthwise to the popsicle stick. Then you can draw a face on the top of the stick and add whatever kind of “clothing” you want. (We opted for triangle construction paper). That will make your “Jesus popsicle stick on a string.”
Next we found some cardboard and cut it to match a sheet of construction paper and glued blue construction paper to the cardboard. (You can make it any size you’d like as long is it’s bigger than the popsicle stick).
We cut out a dove shape and cut up and glued some feathers on our dove and glued the dove onto our blue construction paper.
Then we cut two holes big enough for “popsicle stick Jesus” to fit through. They are about 1 popsicle stick length apart. (A grownup should do this part!)
Then we ran our string through the holes and tied it together. This makes a loop through the holes so “popsicle stick Jesus” can go into the water, around the back and back out of the water.
Lastly we added our text: Jesus was baptized. “This is My son. I am pleased with him.” Luke 3:22
Above is our completed project. The kids had a lot of fun putting Jesus into the water and pulling Him back out.
THIS VIDEO of today’s story is from Saddleback Kids.
THIS is a more in-depth version from Crossroads Kids’ Club.
Thanks for joining us again. Love to you all!