Matthew 3:1-12 Sunday School Lessons and Activities (John the Baptist Points to Jesus)

The scripture reading for Sunday December 8, 2019 is Matthew 3:1-12. Here are some free lesson plans and activities to help prepare your Sunday School lesson for kids.


“John the Baptist Points to Jesus” Sunday School Lesson on Matthew 3:1-12

Main Idea: Children (like adults) can be self-centered. It’s easy for them to want the attention and praise for everything they do. In this lesson you can see how John the Baptist had a mission of pointing others to Christ first and foremost. Like John, we can follow God’s plan and shine the light on Jesus. Our whole lives can reflect the love of God and give him the praise.

Good News Connection: Jesus came to redeem us, and because of Him alone we have life and hope. We want our lives to reflect that joyful understanding, and to share it with others around us.


Matthew 3:1-12 Sunday School Activities

Questions/Apply it:

How does it make you feel knowing that Jesus invites you into God’s Kingdom?
How do we accept Jesus’ invitation? (Repent, confess our sins, and confess trust in Jesus alone to save)
What kinds of things have you done to try to be good enough for God on your own?
How can we enter into the Kingdom of God?

John the Baptist for Kids (VIDEO)

John the Baptist was a man who prepared people for Jesus’ rescue and taught them to follow him. You can read about his story in Matthew 3 and 11.

Sunday School Coloring Page with John Baptizing Jesus

John Baptizing Jesus Cartoon & Coloring Page

Matthew 3:1-12 (NIV) John the Baptist Prepares the Way

In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
    make straight paths for him.’”

John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

11 “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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