Another great idea for your online Sunday School lessons! Teach children the importance of spending time with Jesus.
Lesson: (Note: Always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)
Ask students, What do you like to do with your friends?
When you do all those things with your friends, you’re spending time with them, aren’t you?
There were some men who wanted to spend time with Jesus in our Bible lesson today.
(Have a student read John 1:35-36.)
What did John call Jesus? The Lamb of God.
What does it mean for Jesus to be called the Lamb of God?
In the Old Testament, the first part of the Bible, people used to sacrifice lambs and other animals to God. You see, God’s rule was that anyone who did something wrong, anyone who sinned, had to be put to death as the punishment for their sin. But since God loved people and didn’t want them to die, He said that people could kill an animal instead. If they killed the animal, God would pretend that the animal was dying for the sin instead of the person that actually committed the sin. It was like the animal was their substitute, taking the punishment for them. But they had to do that every time. Every time someone sinned, they had to kill another animal. Jesus is like our sacrificial lamb because Jesus died for our sins. Now instead of sacrificing animals, we remember that Jesus died for all of our sins.
(Have another student read John 1:37-39.)
John’s disciples followed Jesus and they asked Him whose house He was staying at. Why do you think John’s disciples wanted to know where Jesus was staying at? They wanted to know where Jesus lived so they could go visit Him. They wanted to spend time with Jesus and talk to Him and learn about Him.
Jesus told the two disciples to come with Him and it says that they spent the rest of the day with Jesus. Do you think we can spend time with Jesus?
How can we spend time with Jesus? We can’t spend time with Jesus in the same that the disciples did because we can’t see Jesus like they did. But we can spend time with Jesus by praying and reading our Bibles and going to church. Those are some ways that we can learn about and spend time with Jesus.
(Have another student read John 1:40-42.)
It says that after Andrew, one of the disciples who spent the day with Jesus, left Jesus, he went and told his brother Peter about Jesus, so then Peter also came to Jesus.
(Have another student read John 1:43-45.)
It says that Philip believed in Jesus and then what did he do? He went to tell Nathanael about Jesus.
So Andrew went to tell his brother Peter about Jesus, and Philip went to tell his friend Nathanael about Jesus. Do you think God wants you to tell other people about Jesus? Yes.
God wants us to tell everyone about Jesus so they can believe in Him too and go to Heaven when they die.
(Have another student read John 1:46-51.)
Nathanael asked Jesus how He knew him and Jesus said that He saw Nathanael under the fig tree. Jesus knew all about Nathanael before He ever met him. Do you think Jesus could know all about you, too? Yes.
Jesus knows everything about you. He knows what you’re thinking and what you’re doing and how you’re feeling all the time. Jesus knows everything. He knows the good things you do and the bad things. He knows everything about you. And He loves you.
So let’s remember to thank Jesus for being the Lamb of God and dying for our sins. And let’s spend time with Him by praying and reading our Bibles and going to church. And lastly, let’s make sure that we’re telling other people about Him too so that they can believe in Him like we do.
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