Baptism of Jesus

Age 5+: Read Matthew 3:1-6, 13-17, Mark 1:9-11, John 1:32-34 
Under 5: Read about the baptism of Jesus from a children's story bible or the short summary below.

John the Baptist was preparing the way for Jesus. He was teaching the people to turn away from their sins. He wore clothes made out of camel’s hair and he ate locusts and wild honey. Many people came to see him. When they admitted their sins, John baptized them in the river.

Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. John said he was not worthy to baptize Jesus, for the Lord had no sin. But Jesus insisted it was right to carry out God’s plan, so John baptized him. As Jesus was coming up out of the water, heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit came down on Jesus in the form of a dove. A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

John the Baptist also told the people, “I have seen and I testify that this is the Son of God.”

 Discussion 

Preschool questions:
Who baptized Jesus? John the Baptist. 
Whose voice called down from heaven? God the Father’s voice.
Who is the Son of God? Jesus.

Elementary questions:
What does it mean to be baptized? To immerse in water for the forgiveness of sins. 
Did John the Baptist sprinkle people with water? No, they went down into the water in the Jordan River. 
All three forms of the trinity are clearly present at Jesus’ baptism. What form did the Holy Spirit take? The form of a dove. 

Preteen application:
What does baptism represent? Being buried as Christ was, and being raised again (resurrected) as a new person. (Romans 6:4)
If you are baptized, does that mean you are saved? No, baptism without belief is just getting wet. 

Memory Verse: Mark 16:16a “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved.” (NIV)

Journal (age 8+) Copy the memory verse, and write why you think baptism is so important to the Christian faith. (Hint: baptism is one of the signs and seals of the Covenant of Grace) Include any prayer requests.

Journal (age 3+) Draw and color a picture of John baptizing Jesus. Copy the memory verse if able.

Optional Activity: Have you been baptized? If you were baptized as a baby, ask your parents to see pictures of that special event. If not, you may want to pray about it and ask your parents to guide you.

Prayer: Praise and thank God, ask for forgiveness, and submit any prayer requests.

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