Unit 21, Session 2: Jesus Taught in Nazareth

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Unit 21, Session 2: Jesus Taught in Nazareth

Jesus was about 30 years old when He began His earthly ministry. After John baptized Jesus in the Jordan River, Jesus was tempted in the desert. Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover. Then He headed north to Galilee. He went through the region of Samaria, stopping at Jacob’s well to talk to a Samaritan woman.

After, Jesus went to the town of Nazareth, where He had grown up. Nazareth was a small village in the hills between the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean Sea. On the Sabbath day, Jesus went into the synagogue to teach. He read aloud the words of the prophet Isaiah. (See Isa. 61:1-2.) Jesus sat down. Everyone’s eyes were on Him as He explained, “Today as you listen, this Scripture has been fulfilled.” Jesus was saying, It’s Me. The words Jesus read were coming true. Some people remembered Jesus from His youth. They asked, “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?”

Jesus knew their thoughts; Jesus had performed miracles in Capernaum, and the people wanted Jesus to do miracles in His hometown too. Jesus reminded them of two Old Testament accounts. Many widows lived in Israel when the prophet Elijah was there, but God sent Elijah to help a widow in another country. And Elisha likely encountered Israelites who had leprosy, but he healed Naaman the Syrian.

Jesus wanted the people to understand that His miracles were an act of grace—a gift. No one deserves God’s grace, so God may show grace to whomever He pleases—even Gentiles. The people were angry about that last part. They drove Jesus away, intending to kill Him, but Jesus escaped through the crowd.

As you share with your kids, explain that Jesus came to give sight to the blind and to set the captives free. He came preaching good news to all the people groups. Finally, the Messiah had come! Jesus was God’s plan to save sinners.

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. The Messiah would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and announced that He is the promised Messiah.


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Jesus Taught in Nazareth
 Luke 4

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. The Messiah would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and announced that He is the promised Messiah.

 


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family
Discussion
Questions

  • What happens if we reject Jesus?
  • Why did God send Jesus? 
  • What did Jesus mean when He said Isaiah’s words had come true?
  • Why were people surprised by what Jesus said?

Worship

Game Ideas

Guess the Shadow
 

-Hang or  hold up a large white piece of paper or sheet in front of a bright light.
 
-Invite your children to sit on the other side of the paper.
 
-Hold an object in front of the light, slowly moving the object closer to the screen to make the shadow more distinct.
 
-Encourage children to guess the object making the shadow.
 
-Reveal the object and play again.
 
-Allow children to create the shadows, if desired.
 
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

When Isaiah heard God’s plan to send a Messiah, it was kind of like seeing a shadow from far away. Isaiah didn’t know exactly what Jesus would be like, but he still understood a lot about Him. Jesus taught that He is the Messiah whom Isaiah had written about long before. Finally people could see clearly the one God had promised to send!

Along the Line
 

-Use tape to mark a line down the center of the room.

-Designate one end as “good” and the other as “not good.”

-Ask your kids to stand somewhere along the line based on how they feel about themselves in regards to different criteria, such as their skill at dancing, their ability to draw, or their feelings about eating vegetables.
 
-End by asking them how they feel about their spiritual life.
 
-Ask them where along the line a person would be to need Jesus to rescue him or her.
 
CONNECTION:
 
We sometimes make the mistake of thinking certain sinful choices are worse than others. Some people may think they are good enough and don’t need a
Rescuer. Some people may think they are so bad that they cannot be rescued. The truth is, everyone who is on the line needs rescuing. There’s no such thing as being “too good to need Jesus” or “too bad for Jesus to save you.” We all need to be rescued. Jesus taught that He is the Messiah. He alone can save us when we ask Him to. And He wants to see all people saved!

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Jesus

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