Kidz Club - May Lesson

Lesson materials are from [The Gospel Project for Kids - Worship Hour]

Dear Parents:
The Book of Luke records just two narratives about Jesus’ childhood: His dedication (Luke 2:21-40) and His time at the temple when He was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-52). Both stories set the stage for Jesus’ ministry on earth as an adult.

Mary and Joseph were faithful Jews. They had dedicated the baby Jesus according to the law of Moses, and they traveled to Jerusalem each year to celebrate Passover. God had commanded the men to appear before Him three times a year to observe certain festivals. (See Deut. 16:16.) Once a year, those who followed God’s law would travel to Jerusalem—often in large groups—to celebrate Passover.

In Bible times, a Jewish boy became a man at 13. His father would train him to take on all the responsibilities of adulthood, social and spiritual. Joseph was a carpenter, and he likely trained Jesus in his trade. When Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem, Joseph might have taken Jesus around the city to teach Him the significance of the temple and explain the purpose of the Passover feast.

Jesus’ parents started the journey back home after the feast. They assumed Jesus was among their traveling companions, but He wasn’t. Jesus had stayed behind at the temple. Mary and Joseph traveled for a day before they noticed Jesus was missing. They went back to Jerusalem and found Him at the temple.

When Mary asked why He had done this, Jesus answered Mary’s question with a question: “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” Mary and Joseph did not understand. But Jesus is God’s Son, and it was necessary that He honor His true Father. In all this, Jesus did not sin.

The Bible does not give many details about Jesus’ childhood, but we do know that as Jesus got older, He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people. Jesus carried out God’s plan to reconcile the world to Himself. (2 Cor. 5:19)

Gospel Connection:
Even as a child, Jesus wanted to do His Father’s plan. As Jesus grew up and became wise. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin. 

Memory Verse:
1 Timothy 1:15
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners,”

Follow up Questions:
OLDER KIDDOS
  • Challenge: Draw a picture and tell a story (from your family’s devotional time)
  • How can we grow in wisdom and obedience to God?
  • How can God use you in His kingdom even while you are young?
YOUNGER KIDDOS
  • Challenge: Draw a picture and tell a story (from your family’s devotional time)
  • Why do you think Jesus’ understanding and wisdom were so surprising?
  • How can we live out God’s plans for us?
KIDS CAN SUBMIT THEIR CHALLENGE DRAWING EITHER THROUGH AN EMAIL TO LEADER EVAN OR SHARE THEM IN THIS GOOGLE DRIVE FOLDER.
Remember to put their name on the drawing or in the file name!  Leader Evan will take a look at the submitted works.  The kids will need their drawings for next week's Kidz Online on May 09!

Reading Buddies Passage (for small group time):
Luke 2:41-52