Sunday 14 February

Hello everyone, I hope you are well and looking forward to your half term break.

This week we are going back to Jesus’ life. Do you remember that the last time we heard about Jesus he was 12 years old and had stayed behind in Jerusalem to talk and listen to the the teachers in the synagogue?

The Bible doesn’t tell us any more about his childhood and we can only presume that he stayed in Nazareth with his parents learning to be a carpenter like his father. What we do know is that Jesus was well known in his village and must have gone to the synagogue regularly.

So what happens next?

18 years have passed, Jesus is now 30 years old. The people are stilled ruled by the Romans and they are pretty fed up with the situation. Some people remembered that in their scriptures the prophets talked about God sending someone to deliver them, a Messiah , so when Jesus’ cousin came on the scene talking about the kingdom of God and urging people to repent (say sorry) for all they had done wrong and to show they were truly sorry by being baptised the people were excited and flocked to hear John and be baptised in the river Jordan.

It was at this point that Jesus must have known that God was telling him it was time for him to start the work God had sent him to do. So Jesus went to the river Jordan where John was and asked to be baptised.

John wasn’t sure about this, he recognised Jesus as the person God had sent him to tell the Jews about.He felt it should be Jesus baptising him but Jesus insisted so John gave in and baptised Jesus by dipping him in the river Jordan. As he came up out of the water something special happened, “ heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove and a voice came from heaven saying “ you are my Son whom I love , with you I am well pleased”

This must have confirmed for Jesus that this was indeed the right time for him to start the work God had given him to do and John must have been reassured that he had done the right thing in baptising Jesus.

After this we are told that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness where he spent 40 days being tempted by the devil.

Next Wednesday is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent. Lent lasts for 40 days reminding us of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. We are encouraged to use this time thinking about Jesus, what he taught us about God’s kingdom and how we need to say sorry(repent) for the times we don’t act as he wants us to.

Now grab your Bibles and become detectives:

How do we know that Jesus had studied and learnt verses from his scriptures?

Luke chapter 4 verses 4, 8 and 12. Also verses16 to 21.

What did God say to Jesus?

Matthew chapter 3 verse 17

Who was John the Baptist?

Luke chapter 1 verses 7 to 65.

What did he say when Jesus asked to be baptised?

Matthew chapter 3 verses 13 to15.

What happened to John when he told Herod his behaviour was wrong?

Luke chapter 3 verses 19 and 20.

You might like to watch the story of Jesus’ Baptism at the following link:

If you enjoy crafts you might like to make a dove. You could use paper, card, a paper plate or even draw around your hand. There are some ideas below.

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You could try an origami dove – click here

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There is a spinner you can make:

There is also a wordsearch, a crossword, an anagrams and a colouring sheet.