Obedience is shown through actions, not just words. That’s the point of Jesus’ parable of the Two Sons found in Matthew 21:23-32. “I’ll believe it when I see it…” This is an oft-quoted maxim that reminds us how important it is to follow through on promises. It can be easy to “talk a big game” or proclaim that we love the Lord. Its another thing to live out those words and do what we say. In this Gospel lesson, Jesus assures us that He has authority to speak with the words of God Himself. He also reminds us that we can rely on Him to do what He promises.
Use these free Bible lesson to teach kids in your Sunday School class the meaning of mercy and forgiveness. We’ve included complete teaching plans, game suggestions, craft ideas, and bonus coloring page. Simply download the PDF files below.
Kids Bible Lessons from Matthew 21:23-23
Bonus Teaching Ideas
- “Parable of Two Sons” lesson from Ministry-To-Children
- “Yes or No” message from Sermons4Kids
- “Jesus does what he says” message from rfour.org
Video Bible Story: Parable of the Two Sons
Bible Crafts on Obedience
These Sunday School crafts are inspired by the parable of two sons in Matthew 21:23-32. Use them to help children understand that true obedience comes with actions, not just words.
Children’s Sermon / Object Lesson Demonstration
This children’s sermon is inspired by the parable of the two sons in Matthew 21:23-32. Watch our demonstration video below and download the message notes as you prepare to teach about obedience in your church.
Obedience Coloring Pages
Matthew 21:23-32 ESV
The Authority of Jesus Challenged
23 And when he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came up to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus answered them, “I also will ask you one question, and if you tell me the answer, then I also will tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 The baptism of John, from where did it come? From heaven or from man?” And they discussed it among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘From man,’ we are afraid of the crowd, for they all hold that John was a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.
The Parable of the Two Sons
28 “What do you think? A man had two sons. And he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 And he answered, ‘I will not,’ but afterward he changed his mind and went. 30 And he went to the other son and said the same. And he answered, ‘I go, sir,’ but did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.