Bible Story: Jesus' Baptism
Reference: Matthew 3; John 1
John the Baptist preached God’s message faithfully to the people: “Repent – turn away from your sins! Confess them to God and be baptized.” People from Judea and even from Galilee came to hear John’s message. The news of John’s ministry even reached the tiny town of Nazareth where Jesus was working with his father Joseph in the carpenter shop. Jesus realized it was finally time to begin His own ministry - showing people how to be saved from sin and know God. He bid farewell to his parents and left.
One day, Jesus came to John at the Jordan River to be baptized. John knew Jesus was special and holy. He could feel that he was in the presence of Someone who had never sinned. John said, "You should baptize me. I am not worthy to baptize you." Jesus replied, "It's important for me to be baptized, too, as an example of how to be right with God." John agreed.
Jesus came into the water with John. Then John helped Jesus go under the water and come up. Suddenly, heaven opened up and a bright light encircled Jesus. The Holy Spirit came down on Him in the form of a dove. God the Father's voice spoke from heaven saying, "This is my Son that I love. I am pleased with Him." John recognized the sign from God, and he believed that Jesus indeed was the Messiah - God's Promised Son – “the Lamb of God!”
Prayer Verse and Prompt
Our Bible story reminds me of the prayer verse, Mark 16:16, which says, "He who believes and is baptized will be saved" (NKJV). Do you believe with all your heart that Jesus is God's Son, sent by God to die for your sins? When you really appreciate what Jesus has done for you, you can be baptized like Jesus. When you get baptized, God says to you, "This is my beloved child. I am pleased with you."
Dear Father God, I believe You sent Jesus to die for my sins. Help me understand more and more each day, so I can get baptized soon. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Nature Walk: Germs
There are actually millions and millions of tiny organisms that we cannot see. They are everywhere, even on us. Some are good. We call the ones that make us sick - germs.
Germs really like to get inside of our bodies. They can come in through our mouth, our nose, our eyes, and other openings, like a cut. If they get inside, our bodies wage all out war against them through our immune system, sending out fighter cells to kill the germs. Meanwhile, we experience sickness while our body is fighting the germs. You might cough, sneeze, feel really tired and achy, and or have a fever. These are all signs that your body is fighting war with the germs.
One of the most important ways to keep germs out of your body is to simply wash your hands with soap and water before touching your face or eating food and after you use the bathroom. Soap lifts the germs off your hands, and the water rinses them away down the drain.
Germs remind me of sin. Sin is when we break God's law. It hurts God, it makes our character sick, and it hurts others. If we encourage others to sin, we have spread our sin germs to them. We need to be cleansed from sin, and the only way our hearts can be washed clean is to ask for forgiveness from God in the name of Jesus. Jesus is like soap. Baptism reminds us that Jesus’ blood washes us of sin.
Memory Mastery: The Lord's Prayer
Please help your child memorize the Lord’s Prayer this quarter. Add a memory image to each color-coded section to help children remember the words.
Purple/cloud - Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name.
Blue/earth - Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Brown/bread - Give us this day our daily bread.
Red/money hands - Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Black/life vest - And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Yellow/crown - For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Mission Team: A New Church for Serbia
This quarter the world church is planning to build a church in Serbia. Don't you want to help the children in Serbia know Jesus better? Let's not forget to send in our offerings online at Adventist Giving. Go to the World section of the virtual envelope to find the 13th Sabbath Mission Offering.