When The Word Became a Person || John 1:10–14

Painting of Jesus as a black boy using a hammer, Joseph watches, touching Jesus’ head warmly, Mary weaves a basket nearby
JESUS MAFA. Jesus as a child in Nazareth, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=48304 [retrieved December 29, 2020]. Original source: http://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr (contact page: https://www.librairie-emmanuel.fr/contact).
  • What do you think it means that God, “The Word”, that the story of God included becoming human? Why didn’t God just stay God in heaven or nature or the stars or wherever God dwells?
  • Sometimes people say that are “saved” by Jesus or that Jesus gave them “new life” — in the whole story of the Bible we see that there was 1) a way that people lived in harmony with God and nature (Adam and Eve) then 2) they turned away from God… again… and again… and again… then Jesus was born and lived his life caring for the sick and poor… what do you think that means about how/why we are saved and 3) what we are supposed to do next?
  • If we truly feel and accept God’s unconditional love and grace and forgiveness, do you think we can better give love and grace and forgiveness? Tell about a time you felt or passed along God’s love grace and forgiveness?
  • The Bible “ended” but how can we continue “The Word”, God’s story, Jesus’ story? How can we return to God’s original vision?
  • Impossible Grace Challenge (to be set up by parents)
  • Make a Table-Top Football, read Ephesians 3:17b–18 — see who can go “long,” “high,” “deep,” and “wide.” God’s love and grace are longer, higher, deeper and wider than anything we can imagine! There is nothing we can do to earn or lose God’s unconditional love and grace!

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Written by Lauren Gibbs-Beadle @firstpreskidshayward Children’s Ministries @firstpreshayward | educator, creative, parent | she/her