On March 5th, the Primary Class learned more about John the Baptist. Previously, the class learned that King Herod, even though he did not want to, beheaded John the Baptist at the request of Herodias. This week, the children learned about John the Baptist’s role in spreading the message of the Gospel before Jesus officially arrived on the scene.
Sandra explained to her children that John the Baptist and Jesus were cousins. Jesus did not begin His ministry until He was about thirty-three years old. Before Jesus was publicly preaching repentance and salvation, John the Baptist was crying in the wilderness that One would soon come who would save the world from sin. Sandra told the children that based on the description of John the Baptist, one would not expect him to be preaching Jesus. John the Baptist was a typical “mountain man”, wearing clothes made of camel hair and dining on wild honey and locust. One can assume that he would not have been able to enter the temples of Jerusalem without being given the stink eye or a disapproving look from the high priests.
Yet, John the Baptist continued to preach the name of Jesus and prepare the hearts of those he encountered to meet the Savior. Sandra told the children that John the Baptist would baptize people with water in the River Jordan. One day, Jesus came to John the Baptist and asked John to baptize him. When John baptized Jesus, the spirit of God in the form of a dove ascended upon Jesus. A voice from heaven could be heard saying “This is my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased (Matthew 3:17)”.
After the lesson, the children were provided with megaphones to decorate. The children colored and glued the phrase “JESUS IS COMING!” on the side of their megaphones before decorating their megaphones with stickers and ribbons. The children were told to use their megaphones to be like John the Baptist and shout to the world that Jesus is coming again!
So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28