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Sunday, September 10th in Early Childhood KidzTown

Unit 23, Session 2: Jesus Provided Bread from Heaven (Matthew 14:13-21; Mark 6:30-44; John 6:1-14)

UNIT KEY PASSAGE: John 20:31 “These are written that you may believe that Jesus is Messiah, the Son of God.”

BIG PICTURE QUESTION: Why did Jesus perform miracles? Jesus performed miracles to show He is God’s Son

BIBLE STORY POINTS:

  • Jesus did miracles. <--Babies & Toddlers Main Point
  • Jesus loved people and healed them.
  • Jesus fed 5,000 people with five loaves and two fish. <--Preschool & Pre-K Main Point
  • Jesus showed people He provides.

Dear Parents,

 Jesus’ disciples had been working hard, teaching people and healing them. Jesus called them to go away with Him to a desolate place so they could rest. By now, Jesus’ popularity was so great that finding a place to be alone was difficult. When Jesus and His disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee, the crowd of people were already waiting for them on the other side.

 Jesus saw the crowds. He wasn’t frustrated or angry. He didn’t tell them to go away. Instead, He had compassion on them because they were lost—like sheep without a shepherd. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks and saves the lost. (See Luke 19:10; John 10:14.)

The miracle Jesus performed that evening—feeding 5,000 men plus women and children—is the only miracle during Jesus’ earthly ministry that is recorded in all four Gospels. God was clearly at work. The same God who provided manna for the Israelites in the wilderness multiplied loaves and fish to satisfy the crowd.

 By feeding the five thousand, Jesus provided for the physical needs of the crowd. The next day, Jesus called Himself the bread of life. (John 6:35) Only Jesus is able to satisfy our souls forever by providing forgiveness, friendship with God, and eternal life.

 But Jesus didn’t intend to only meet the people’s physical needs. He came to satisfy their spiritual needs as well. No one who comes to Jesus will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Him will ever be thirsty again.

 Jesus is the bread that came down from heaven. (See John 6:41.) God provided His Son as the perfect sacrifice to take away our sin. At the first Lord’s Supper, Jesus broke bread—a symbol of His death on the cross. (See Matt. 26:26.)

 As you talk about this Bible story, help your kids know that God can and will provide for our needs. We can trust Him for our “daily bread.” (See Matt. 6:11.) God met our greatest need in giving us salvation through Jesus. Will He not graciously give us all things? (Rom. 8:32)

 Want some ideas of how to use this information to structure a family devotional? Check out this blog post: Using the Gospel Project as a Family Devotional 

 NEXT WEEK:  “Jesus Walked on Water” (Matthew 14:22-33)

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Sunday, September 10 in Elementary KidzTown

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Key Passage: John 11:25-26
Big Picture Question: Why did Jesus raise people from the dead? Jesus raised people from the dead to show that He has power over death.
Christ Connection: When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.
 
Dear Parents, 
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. In today’s Bible story, Jesus received word that His friend Lazarus was sick. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha. They lived in the town of Bethany, about two miles away from Jerusalem. Mary and Martha sent a message to Jesus, likely expecting Him to come right away. 
Jesus loved Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. (John 11:5) Yet He stayed where He was, and Lazarus died. Why would Jesus do such a thing? Jesus said that Lazarus’ sickness was “for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it” (John 11:4). He said that He was glad He wasn’t there when Lazarus died so that the disciples may believe. (John 11:15) Jesus’ timing is always perfect, and He acts or doesn’t act so that God will be glorified.
 By the time Jesus arrived in Bethany, Lazarus had been in the tomb for four days. Decay had set in, and Mary and Martha were grieving. Martha went to meet Jesus. She said to Him, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” Jesus had shown His power to heal people who were sick. Even still, she believed He could do a miracle. 
Jesus told Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus is the source of life—eternal life that cannot be destroyed by death. Believers do not need to fear death because physical death is not the end. (See John 11:25-26.) Jesus endured death for us so that when we die and are absent from our physical bodies, our souls are with the Lord. (See 2 Cor. 5:8.) 
Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus interrupted Lazarus’s funeral knowing His would soon follow. When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, He showed that He has power over death. Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus died on the cross for our sin and rose from the dead. He gives eternal life to those who trust in Him.
 
Activity: Prompt kids to retell the Bible story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Help kids copy the key passage, John 11:25-26, below. Challenge everyone in the family to memorize these Bible verses this week. Younger kids can memorize the rst sentence or two. Assure kids that even though we are sad when someone dies, physical death is not the end for believers. Those who trust in Jesus will live with Him forever.
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