Use this Prophet Without Honor Sunday School lesson to teach children about what Jesus came to do.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Ask students, What did Jesus come to Earth to do?
(Have students take turns reading Luke 4:14-21, or read it yourself if your students aren’t old enough.)
Jesus went to synagogue, or what the Jewish people call church, went up to the front and read some verses out of the Bible. Then He said that the part of the Bible He had just read had been fulfilled. What does it mean if something has been fulfilled?
If something has been fulfilled, that means it happened. Jesus was saying that the part of the Bible He just read was happening right that part of the Bible was written about Him. In the Old Testament, there a lot of things that people wrote about Jesus before Jesus was even born. We call those prophecies. Do you know what a prophecy is?
A prophecy in the Bible is something God tells us about the future. God knew everything that Jesus was going to do and so He told people a long time ago all about Jesus. That’s how people were supposed to know that was Jesus was the Savior. When they saw Jesus doing all the things that the prophecies said He was going to do, then they should be able to know that Jesus is the Savior.
This prophecy says that the Savior was supposed to preach to poor people. Did Jesus ever preach to poor people? (Yes.)
It also says that the Savior was supposed to let the prisoners go free. Did Jesus ever let any prisoners out of jail?
Jesus never let prisoners out of jail, but He did free us from having to go to Hell. He also freed us from the power of sin. We don’t have to sin and do bad things anymore, because Jesus freed us from that.
The prophecy also says that Jesus was supposed to heal the blind. Did Jesus ever heal any blind people so that they could see again? (Yes.)
And Jesus also heals us from our blindness. Our eyes aren’t blind, but sometimes our minds and hearts are when we can’t see the truth. When we believe in Jesus, He opens our hearts and minds so that we can see the truth about God and about the way we’re supposed to live.
Because Jesus did all that – preached to the poor, freed us from the power of sin and having to go to Hell, healed the blind and made it so that we could see the truth – then we know that He is the Savior, like the prophecy says.
And Jesus did all that through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit gave power to Jesus to do all the things He did, just like the prophecy says. “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me...”
But even though Jesus did everything the prophecy says He was supposed to, not everyone believed Jesus was the Savior.
(Have students take turns reading Luke 4:22-27, or read it yourself.)
Jesus said the people in His hometown would not believe in Him. Why do you think people who knew Jesus for a long time, like His neighbors, wouldn’t believe in Him?
Jesus’ neighbors and the people from His town thought He was just an ordinary person like them. When He was younger, Jesus couldn’t do miracles, so they wondered how He could now. They didn’t believe that Jesus was really God’s Son because they thought He was Joseph’s son, not God’s.
(Have students take turns reading Luke 4:28-29, or read it yourself.)
Because the people wouldn’t believe in Him, Jesus said He wouldn’t do any miracles for them. Did the people like that?
No, they got really mad and tried to throw Jesus off a cliff to kill Him. But did they kill Jesus? Did they throw Him off the cliff? (No.)
Jesus just walked away and they couldn’t kill Him. Why do you think they couldn’t kill Jesus by throwing Him off the cliff?
God wanted Jesus to die on the cross, so God protected Jesus and wouldn’t let the people throw Him off the cliff.