Sunday, June 15, 2014

Jesus' Return Sunday School Lesson - No One Knows the Day or the Hour

Use this Jesus' Return Sunday School lesson to teach children about the return of Christ.

Needed: Bibles

Intro Game: What Time? -  Think of a time in your head (example: 12:49pm) and ask students to guess what time you’re thinking of. Whoever is closest then gets to think of a new time in their head. Continue playing as long as time allows, as long as interest lasts, or until each student has had a turn to think of  a time.

Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and to give their answers to the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, Did you know that Jesus is going to come back to earth one day? He’s going to come back from Heaven and will come down right out of the sky so that everyone will see Him. What do you think He will do when He gets here?

The Bible tells us that Jesus is going to lock up the devil in Hell for a thousand years, and that Jesus is going to be King over the whole world.

The Bible also tells us that Jesus is going to bring back with Him the souls of everyone who has died and gone to Heaven. When He comes back, He’s going to bring those people’s souls back with Him and then He’s going to bring their bodies back to life too, so that they can be alive on earth again.

And the people who are still alive and believe in Jesus will float up and meet Jesus in the sky and He will change their bodies so that their bodies will never get sick, or get hurt, or get old ever again.

The people who Jesus brings back to life, and the people who are still alive when Jesus changes them, will never die. They will live forever.

Those are pretty neat things that Jesus is going to do, aren’t they? Does anyone when that will happen?

(Have a student read Matthew 24:36, or read it yourself.)

Who knows when Jesus is going to come back? (Only God.)

So if someone tries to tell you that they know when Jesus is coming back, or when the end of the world is going to be, don’t believe it. Only God knows when that will be, and He’s keeping it a secret.

Just like when we tried to guess what time each other was thinking of, only God knows what time He’s thinking of to send Jesus back to Earth, and it would be really hard for someone to guess the exact time or day or year, because God could be thinking of any time and any day and any year from now until the end of the world.

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 24:37-41, or read it yourself.)

Jesus says that two men will be working out in their farm field, or two women will be cooking in the kitchen, and one of the men will be taken and the other one will be left. One of the women will be taken and the other one left. Where do you think Jesus is saying that the one man or the one woman will be taken?

Jesus is talking about when He comes back and He brings the people who believe in Him up into the sky and changes their bodies so that they can live forever. Only Christians will go up into the sky to meet Jesus when He comes back, so if the man’s friend isn’t a Christian, he’ll be left in the field. And if the woman’s friend isn’t a Christian, she’ll be left in the kitchen, while the Christians go up to meet Jesus in the sky.

(Have students take turns reading Matthew 24:42-51, or read it yourself.)

Jesus says that workers sometimes act bad when their boss isn’t around, but then if the boss comes back and catches the worker being bad, then the worker will be in trouble. It’s the same thing with Jesus. Sometimes people act bad and don’t do the right things that God wants them to do because they think that Jesus isn’t watching, or that He won’t come down and punish them for those wrong things that they’re doing. But Jesus says that He will come back one day and surprise everyone, so we better make sure we’re doing the right things God wants us to do or else we’ll get in trouble when Jesus comes back and surprises us.

If we are doing the right things when Jesus comes back, then He will reward us and He will take us up to meet Him in the sky and change our bodies so that we’ll never die, and we’ll get to live forever with Him.

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