Series: Who is Jesus
Theme: Jesus; the Son of Man
Lesson number: 1 of 4
Lesson Title: Jesus is Like us
Memory Verse: Luke 2:52; And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
Lesson Plan: lesson plan To download and print this entire lesson, see links below.
(Create a genealogy chart based on information from Matthew 1, and Luke 3.Include only a few significant names. Ie. Adam, Seth, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah, Obed, David, Solomon, Joseph.
This chart shows the family history of Jesus. These names can be found in Bible stories that go right to the beginning. God made promises to these people that one day the Messiah would be born from their family. Jesus was the one who was promised. Because of His miraculous birth, He was the Son of God, but He was also the Son of Man.
Jesus grew up in an ordinary family. He lived like ordinary people. He had brothers and sisters, He would have had chores and responsibilities. He would have played with other children and He went to school.
His clothes did not look like yours. He did not have jeans and T-shirts. He wore a tunic with a robe over top to keep warm and on His feet He wore sandals. (you might have a sample Bible outfit for children to try on)
His school did not look like yours. He would go to school at the local synagogue where a Rabbi (teacher) would teach Him the laws of Moses and the scriptures. He would probably sit on the floor. He had to learn to read and write. He would read from a scroll and write on a stone tablet. He had to memorize scriptures and probably multiplication tables.
The games Jesus played may have been similar to some of yours. (running races, jumping contests) One of the games He might have played was a game using a spinning top called a Dreidel. (see Dreidle instructions page) This is a traditional game that is still played by Jewish children during their feast of Hanukkah.
As Jesus was growing up He experienced the same kinds of things you do. Maybe school was not easy for Him. Maybe it was not always easy to get along with His younger brothers and sisters. His friends might have tried to get Him to do bad things. He was tempted to disobey, to lie and to do other wrong things, but He did not do them.
Hebrews 4:15; Says that He was tempted in every, just as we are, yet He was without sin. This is important for us because only if He was without sin, He could die for our sin!
Jesus knows how difficult it is for us to not do wrong things. He loves us so much that He was willing to pay the penalty of death for us.
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