Thursday, June 26, 2014

Jesus Sunday School Lesson - Jesus is the New Temple!

Use this Jesus Sunday School lesson to teach about Jesus being the way to God.

Needed: Bibles

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

Take your students on a trip to the sanctuary, or, if that is not possible during lesson time, have them close their eyes and picture the sanctuary.

Ask students, What do we do in the sanctuary? (We sing, pray, give offering, worship God, have a children’s sermon, etc.)

Why do we do that in the sanctuary? Could we do it somewhere else? (Listen for responses.)

Do you remember last week when Jesus got really mad at the people in the Temple for selling things there instead of praying and worshiping God? What did Jesus do about that? (He made a whip and started swinging it around to scare the people away. He let their animals loose and knocked over their tables with their money on it.)

Do you think people were mad at Jesus when He did that? (Yes.)

(Have a student read John 2:18, or read it yourself if your students aren’t old enough.)

The people are asking Jesus to prove that He’s allowed to wreck their stuff like that.

(Have students take turns reading John 2:19-22, or read it yourself.)

Jesus told the people that if they destroyed the temple, He would raise it up in three days. But Jesus wasn’t talking about the Temple building, was He? He wasn’t talking about the church. What was He talking about? What was destroyed and then came back three days later? (Jesus’ body.)

Jesus was saying that He was the new Temple. We don’t have to go to the Temple or to the sanctuary to worship God and pray and sing and do all those things we talked about. If we believe in Jesus, it’s like He is the Temple. He is the sanctuary. And since Jesus is with us all the time, we can pray and sing and worship God any time. Because if Jesus is always with us, we’re always in church! We just do those things in our church sanctuary because it’s a good place for us all to do it together. But we can worship God anywhere we want to, because Jesus is always with us and He’s our Temple, our sanctuary.

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