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26 September 2021

It’s our third week of exploring how King Jesus is better than other rulers, especially that bloke Xerxes from the book of Esther. This week’s focus is on how welcoming our king is.

INTRODUCTION:

It’s important to dream big, so Ross and Naomi start thinking about post-pandemic plans and whether it would be possible to drop in on the queen in London. I’m tipping it’s a bit of a long shot.

READ:

Matthew 19:13-15

Have a look at how Jesus welcomes even the smallest people in his kingdom. Now check out what Esther has to go through approaching her husband King Xerxes (Esther 4:9-11). Jesus is way more welcoming!

WATCH:

Here is a short clip that shows our story today. But it only goes for 47 seconds. Why not spend a little extra time by looking at the bigger story of Jesus. You will find that in the second clip.

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SONG:

Here’s another classic. It’s Colin Buchanan reminding us that Jesus really is the king of everything … the jungle, the sea, the universe … me.

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Enjoy.

We also previewed a couple of new ones in recent weeks. You want to recap? Here’s “King of Me” from two weeks ago. It reminds me a lot of the Colin song.

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DISCUSS:

  • Why were people bringing children to Jesus?
  • What did they expect Jesus would do with the kids?
  • How come the disciples tried to shoo them away?
  • Why was Jesus angry with them?
  • What did Jesus mean by “the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”?
  • What would King Xerxes have done if little kids approached him?
  • Who can approach Jesus?
  • How might we approach him now?

DO:

CRAFT

Have some fun decorating our clock to remind us that Jesus always has time for us.

You could use some stickers or you could cut some pictures from a magazine to decorate the night and day.

COLOURING:

It’s really exciting to know that Jesus loves kids. Here is a colouring page of Jesus hanging out with five kids. Not sure what the rabbit is doing there, but it’s kind of cute.

Please share any of your completed crafts or activities on the StAKs Online Facebook page or email Ross and Naomi.

VERSE OF THE WEEK:

Matthew 19:14

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Last Week’s Verse

Hebrews 12:2

Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

PRAY:

The Bible reading reminds us that Jesus loves children. So here is a simple activity to help get you praying.

This is a picture of you. Draw more detail or add colour, but make sure you add all the things you’d like to say to Jesus. Then say them!

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