We'd love for you to use this short devotional to review this week's story with your kids.
Background: After Jesus had grown up, he left Nazareth and traveled south to the Jordan River to be baptized. God had prophesied in Isaiah that a voice in the desert would call people to prepare for the way of the Lord, and that was voice was John the Baptist. He was preaching and baptizing people from all around Jerusalem and Judea. When Jesus came to the Jordan River, he came to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15). Jesus was sinless, but the Messiah needed to fulfill the righteous requirements of every sinful person. We know that Jesus took on our sins on the cross, but in order for us to receive his righteousness, Jesus needed to take our place in all righteousness before he took on our sins, and that means including being baptized.
Opening/Ice Breaker: What does it mean to obey? How did it make you feel? (Do what someone says) Do you remember a time when you obeyed us? Well this week we learned about a time when Jesus obeyed God by being baptized.
Read Matthew 3:13-17
- Why did Jesus need to be baptized? (To fulfill all righteousness. If Jesus was to take our place on the cross for our sins so that we can be made right before God, he had to fulfill all of God’s commands.
- Who baptized Jesus?
- What happened after Jesus was baptized? (A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.)
Because Jesus fulfilled all of God’s commands, he was the perfect substitute for our place on the cross, and now for those who believe in Jesus, we are now called sons and daughters of God! What an amazing thought to be loved by our heavenly Father!
REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 5