When Jesus accepted baptism it was an example to us and the beginning of his public ministry. He was leaving starting the road of obedience that would lead to the cross. That’s why God spoke from Heaven to announce, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”
This week’s lessons are based on the passage in Mark which details the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River. The links below are direct PDF downloads.
Video Bible Story: Jesus’ Baptism
Sunday School Crafts
The New Year often brings with it new goals and resolutions for self-improvement, but for kids and adults alike, those aren’t easy to keep. Fortunately, we know that Jesus offers new life and fresh opportunities, and we can take hold of those and rejoice in our forgiveness. These crafts remind children of the blessings found in Baptism, and how we can remember who we are in Christ. Both of these ideas are variable and adaptable, but the main goal is to make decorative elements to recall and celebrate Baptism.
Children’s Sermon Demonstration
This message combines New Year’s resolutions and goals with the beauty of new life in Christ through baptism. People do a lot of things in efforts to improve themselves or “start fresh.” We can truly start with a clean slate when we trust the work of Jesus and the cleansing power of His precious sacrifice. This message seeks to communicate to children the importance of relying on God for life and strength.
Mark 1:4-11 ESV
4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Baptism of Jesus
9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son;[a] with you I am well pleased.”