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 John's Vision of Jesus

The apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation from the island of Patmos. Patmos was a small Greek island where the Roman emperor often exiled prisoners. John was likely sent to Patmos as a prisoner, arrested for preaching the gospel.

With this session, introduce your kids to the Book of Revelation—the last book of the Bible. Other Bible books tell us about things that happened in the past, but Revelation tells about things that will happen in the future. A glimpse of the future kingdom of God gives believers hope and encourages them to remain faithful to Christ.

In Revelation 1, Jesus appeared to John in a vision to tell about the end of time. John was on the island of Patmos when he heard a voice telling him to write what he saw. John turned and, in a vision, saw Jesus: He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. His head and hair were as white as snow, and His eyes were like a fiery flame. Because the Book of Revelation is highly symbolic, avoid dwelling on the physical description of Jesus. Jesus’ appearance to John reveals what Jesus is like: worthy of all honor, powerful, and victorious.

John saw Jesus walking among seven lampstands, symbols for seven churches. Lampstands are used to bring light into dark places. That is the purpose of the church—to bring the light of the gospel into a dark world.

When John saw Jesus, he fell at Jesus’ feet. Jesus reached down and put His hand on John. He said, “Don’t be afraid” (Rev. 1:17). Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

 


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Paul's Vision of Jesus

(Revelation 1)

Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • What does it mean for Jesus to be “the First and the Last”?
  • Where is Jesus now?
  • Why do you think Jesus told John about the end of the age?

Worship

Game Idea

See and Write
Ahead of time, gather 8–10 random items and place them on a tray.
 
-Cover the tray with a towel or blanket.
 
-Provide each kid with a piece of paper and pencil.
 
-Uncover the tray and instruct the kids to look at the items for one minute.
 
-After one minute, cover the tray again.
 
-Instruct the kids to list all the items they saw on the tray.
 

 

CONNECTION:

"Was it difficult to look at the items and write exactly what was there? Jesus gave a vision to John and told him to write exactly what he saw. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit inspired John, so he could perfectly write down exactly what he saw. That’s how John wrote the Book of Revelation. What kinds of things do you think John saw and wrote down?"