Last week I included a little children’s sermon as part of my Monday Meditation. One reader suggested I do more of these, and maybe post them separately. So here you go with one for this Sunday on John 1:29-42! If people like the idea I’ll do more, so let me know.
By the way, you can find my Monday Meditation on this same text through this link.
A Children’s Sermon on John 1:29-42
One day, just after Jesus had been baptized, but before he had any disciples, Jesus was out for a walk.
John the Baptist was standing there, with two of his followers. One was named Andrew, and we don’t know what the other one was called. Maybe that disciple had the same name as you do.
When John the Baptist saw Jesus walking by, he said
Hey look! It’s the Lamb of God!”
John the Baptist had already told his followers that someone very great was coming, and that this someone was much more important than John was himself. So now Andrew and his friend said goodbye to John the Baptist, and went off to meet Jesus.
When Andrew and his friend got close to Jesus, Jesus turned around and asked them a question:
What are you looking for?” Jesus said.
You know, I think that when you and I come close to Jesus he asks us the same question.
What are you looking for?” he asks us.
Everyone is looking for something.
- Some of us are looking for a friend.
- Some of us are looking for more time to play video games.
- Some of us are looking for a way to be better at our schoolwork or at sports.
- Some of us are looking for a safe place where people will be kind to us.
It could be anything. But Jesus looks at us and wants to know exactly who we are right now. He wants to know what makes us happy and what makes us sad. He wants to know what we are grateful for and what we are longing for.
Once he knows who we are right now, Jesus wants to help us become all that God created us to be.
When Jesus asked Andrew and his friend that question, they said they were looking to find out where he was going. They wanted to spend time with him.
So Jesus gave them an invitation:
Come and see!” he said.
And you know what? I think that is what Jesus says to you and me as well. Whatever we are looking for right now, he invites us to come along with him.
Come and See!” he says to us.
Jesus invites us to look and see what he is doing in the world.
When Andrew and his friend went with Jesus they saw so many amazing things.
- They saw how Jesus cared for and healed sick people.
- They saw how Jesus cared for and fed hungry people.
- They saw how Jesus cared for and made friends with lonely people.
- They saw how Jesus cared for and enjoyed little children.
In everything he did and said, they saw how Jesus cared for and taught people all about God and life in God’s kingdom.
I think the best thing for Andrew and his friend was that coming close to Jesus they found out how very much he loved them.
And if you and I stay close to Jesus we’ll see and learn all those things too.
In the preface to this children’s sermon you find that it was one I did very early on, before committing to writing them on an ongoing basis. But it seems I did! I’m grateful for your interest.
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