71 Lesson 10 Grades 3 & 4
10 Jesus Returns to HeavenMatthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11
Bible Point:God wants us to tell the world about Jesus.
Key Verse:Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
Weaving Faith Into Life:Kids will help tell the world about Jesus by beginning with three people.
Lesson Sequence What Students Will Do Classroom Supplies Teacher Pack Supplies
Tell the World (about 10 min.)Listen to a message in different languages and try to figure out what that message is.
CD player CD: Everybody Needs to Hear (track 7)
Around the World (about 15 min.)Learn how big the world is and that they have an important part in telling the world about Jesus.
Bible, newsprint, index cards, pens, marker
Countries of the World handout
Who Needs to Know? (about 20 min.)Play a game and think about people to tell about Jesus.
Bible, basket, treats, Bible Truth Sleuth, pens
Go! (about 15 min.)Make traffic lights as reminders to go and make disciples of all nations.
Bibles, Bible Truth Sleuth, CD player, glue, crayons or markers, scissors
CD: Go and Make Disciples (Matthew 28:19) (track 8), Lyrics poster, Green Light circles
Bible Background for Teachers
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As we begin looking at this passage, its interesting to note that even after spending three years with Jesus and seeing him alive after witnessing his death on the cross, some of his disciples had doubts. But we should be careful not to be too hard on them. How skeptical would you be if you heard of someone being dead for three days and then coming back to life? Wouldnt you be suspicious that some kind of trick was being played?
The disciples doubts didnt stop Jesus from trusting them. In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus placed the future of all he had done on earth into their hands. And he commissioned them with a task that has yet to be completely fulfilled: Make disciples of all nations. As Christians we have inherited that commission to reach our world for Christ today. But Jesus didnt just give a task; he promised support. He told them, and us, that he would be with his people always, even to the end of the world as we know it!
We all know that Jesus appeared to his disciples multiple times after his resurrection. But we dont often note the number of times he appeared or the number of people he appeared to over the 40 days he remained on earth. Luke emphasizes that in Acts 1:3-4. The convincing proofs left no doubt in his followers minds that Jesus had truly come back to life. And following the commission he had given them, they were ready to spread the word to their world!
Before Jesus physically departed for heaven, he gave his followers a plan to use in reaching that world. First they were to wait. The power would come when the Holy Spirit came on them. Then they were to move out from Jerusalem step by step, eventually reaching the ends of the earth. That plan is a good one for us to follow as well. If we have the Holy Spirit in our lives, hell empower us to reach others for Christ, whether its across the street or across the world.
As Jesus was ascending to heaven, angels came to give the disciples one last prod and one last promise. It did no good for the followers to stand looking into the sky. They needed to get going on the plan Jesus had laid out for them. The promise the angels gave was that Jesus would returnin a powerful and unanticipated way.
In our lives its easy to be comfortable in our faith in Jesus and not worry too much about others. But we, too, must remember that Jesus is coming back to take his followers to live with him in heaven. Until he comes, he has given his followers the charge to share his love with everyone. Thats not just something we should doits what our lives should be about!
Jesus Returns to HeavenMatthew 28:16-20; Acts 1:1-11
Devotion for TeachersJesus invites us into a dynamic relationship. He helps us growand he offers us full participation in his work and mission on the earth. What a privilegeto be entrusted with taking Christs message to others!
Weaving Faith Into Your Life: Reread the Great Commission from Matthew 28:16-20. It says the disciples had doubts. What doubts do you struggle with? Jesus issued a strong invitation and challenge. Imagine Jesus personally inviting you to carry out his plans! How do his words make you feel? Take a moment to discuss your doubts with God, and ask him to build your confidence and strengthen your desire to participate in his awesome work.
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Understanding 3rd & 4th Graders for Teachers Third- and fourth-graders love faraway places. They can become enthralled with books and movies about adventures in distant lands. This lesson will help them see there are many faraway lands with people who need to hear about Jesus. Theyll also learn the best place to start telling others about Jesus is where they live right now!
Easy Prep for Teachers Around the WorldMake a photocopy for each child of the Countries of the World handout from your Teacher Pack.
Go!Cut out the Green Light Circles from your Teacher Pack. Youll need one circle for each child.
Web HelpGet bonus teacher tips and ideas at faithweaver.com.
Getting StartedTell the World
When kids arrive, have them share with a partner how they followed through on last weeks Daily Challenge.
I have some important messages for you here. Youll need to listen very carefully to hear whats being said.
Cue your CD to Everybody Needs to Hear, and play it for the class.
What do you think these messages are telling you?
Have kids tell the class what they think the messages mean.
Did you understand everything you heard? Why or why not? (No, I didnt understand any of it because I dont speak any of those languages; yes, I understood the word Jesus several times because the name is similar in several languages.)
How would you feel if you were told this was the most important message youd ever hear in your life? (Answers will vary.)
What would help you understand this message? (Hearing it in English; hearing it in a language I can understand.)
Well, God wants people to hear a very simple message, no matter where they live or what language they speak. Were very fortunate we have people who can share this message so everyone can hear that Jesus loves them and died for them. Each one of the messages you heard was Jesus loves you. Today well learn that God wants us to tell the world about Jesus.
What if no one ever told anyone else about Jesus? (Some people would never know anything about him; most people wouldnt go to heaven.)
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What if no one ever told you about Jesus? (I wouldnt know that he loves me; I wouldnt know that I can always ask him for help; I wouldnt go to heaven.)
In todays lesson, well learn about what God wants us to tell the whole world. He has something he wants us to tell everyone about. Well find out what that is and how we can communicate it to the world.
Bible Story ExplorationAround the World
Open your Bible to Matthew 28:16-20, and read the passage aloud.
In this passage, Jesus tells his disciples to tell the whole world about him. Thats a lot of places! Lets see how many countries we can name.
Have kids name as many countries as they can think of, and write them on a sheet of newsprint as kids name them. When kids have named as many as they can, have them each choose a different country and write it on an index card. As each child chooses a specific country, cross the country name off your list so that its not chosen again.
Were going to play a game in which well go and tell the world about Jesus. First, Ill give each of you a list of all of the countries in the world.
Give each child a copy of the Countries of the World handout.
Your job is to go around the room and tell people that Jesus loves them. Refer to the country named on each persons index card, and, after youve told that person about Jesus love, check that country off your list.
When everyone has finished, have kids sit down.
Why is it important to tell the whole world about Jesus? (So that everyone will have a chance to believe in him; so that everyone will have a chance to go to heaven; so that all people will know that Jesus loves them and can help them when theyre in trouble.)
In our game, could you tell the whole world about Jesus? Why or why not? (No, because there were only a few of us in the room; no, because only a few of the countries in the world were represented in our game.)
What would have helped you tell the whole world about Jesus? (More time; a different way of telling people; a computer.)
How can we tell the world about Jesus? (We can travel to foreign countries; we can e-mail and text people; we can tell everyone we know.)
Tips From the Trenches
Post the Bible Timeline from your Teacher Pack in a prominent place to give kids a better idea of when this story took place.
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God wants us to tell the world about Jesus. The world is a big place, and people in lots of countries need to hear about Jesus. Even though we may not be able to go to every country, we can still tell the people we know in our part of the world about Jesus. Lets explore how we can do that.
Weaving Faith Into LifeWho Needs to Know?
Have kids sit in a circle. Open your Bible to Matthew 28:19-20, and read the verses aloud: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
Whats the most important thing you could tell people about Jesus? (That he loves them; that hes Gods Son; that he is God.)
Why is it important to tell the world about Jesus? (So that everyone will understand who he is; so that everyone will have a chance to believe in him; so that everyone can go to heaven.)
What makes it hard to tell your friends about Jesus? (Im too shy; Im afraid theyll laugh at me; Im afraid theyll call me names.)
How can you tell your friends about Jesus? (I can tell them about times I turn to Jesus in my own life; I can tell them what Jesus has done for my family and me.)
What do you think would happen if no one told anyone about Jesus? (No one would know who Jesus is; no one would have a relationship with him; no one would go to heaven.)
Take a basket of treats to a child on the other side of the room from where you were sitting. Then return to your previous seat in the circle.
Were going to pass this basket around and take a treat as we tell others, Jesus loves you.
Have the child with the basket pass it to the child on his or her right and say, Jesus loves you. Then have that child take a treat and pass the basket to the next child and say, Jesus loves you. Continue until the basket returns to you. (Be sure that it returns to you before everyone has had a chance to hold it and pass it on.)
You know, I dont think I want to tell anyone about Jesus, so Im not going to continue passing the basket.
Hold the basket on your lap for a moment.
How did my not wanting to tell others about Jesus affect the rest of the class? (It wasnt fair; a lot of people are left out; lots of us wont get a treat.)
How did it make those of you feel who didnt get a treat because of my not telling you about Jesus? (Bad; left out; it wasnt fair.)
ALLERGY ALERT See page 17.
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For those of you with a treat and who had someone tell you that Jesus loves you, how did it feel when you saw other kids did not hear that Jesus loves them and didnt get a treat? (It didnt feel right; it was unfair; it made me feel guilty.)
Pass the basket to the next child, and tell that child, Jesus loves you. Continue until everyone has heard someone say, Jesus loves you and has received a treat.
Why should we tell people about Jesus? (So that they get to live in heaven forever; so that they learn who Jesus is; so they know that Jesus can help them.)
Have kids turn to the Who Needs to Know? activity in Lesson 10 of their Bible Truth Sleuth.
On your Bible Truth Sleuth page, youll see a basket. Inside the basket, I want you to write the names of three people you know who need to be told about Jesus and a way you can tell them. You can talk to them, call them on the phone, write them a letter, or think of another way that would be best.
Give kids several minutes to write three names and how they will tell those people about Jesus. While kids are working, tell them that telling these people about Jesus will be their Daily Challenge this week. Be sure to commit to this Daily Challenge as well, and tell kids about your commitment. They will be more inclined to follow through on this commitment when they see you doing the same.
God wants us to tell the world about Jesus. Our own neighborhoods and towns are good places to start! Take your Bible Truth Sleuth page home today, and keep it where you will see it and remember to tell the people whose names you wrote down about Jesus.
Were going to pray for the people we wrote about right now. Ill start the prayer; then well go to my right. When its your turn, say the names of the people on your page.
During the following prayer, have kids fill in the blank with the names they wrote.
Dear Jesus, we want to tell others about your amazing love! We pray for the hearts of everyone in the world so people can come to know you. Help us start with people we know who need you, including these specific people: _____________. Thank you for loving us, Jesus. In your name, amen.
Go!Give each child a Green Light circle. Have kids turn to the Go! activity in Lesson 10 of their Bible Truth Sleuth.
Youll notice that your circles look like a globe and have GO! written on them, along with the Scripture reference for todays Key Verse, Matthew 28:19-20. Lets read that together.
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Have kids turn to Matthew 28:19-20 in their Bibles. Read the verses aloud as kids follow along: Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
Instruct kids to color their GO! circles to look like the world. Give kids several minutes to finish. Then have them cut out the traffic lights from their Bible Truth Sleuth pages and glue the globes to the bottom of the traffic lights, where green lights would normally go.
You can take this home as a reminder that God wants us to tell the world about Jesus. On the back of your traffic light is the Word for the Week. So this week, each time you do your Word for the Week, think about all the people in the world who need to hear about Jesus, and pray for them.
Dear God, thank you so much for Jesus and for the fact that by believing in him, we can have eternal life. Help us spread that news to everyone in the world, whether in our own neighborhoods or schools or in another country. We pray that everyone who hasnt heard about how much Jesus loves them will hear soon. In Jesus name we pray, amen.
Cue your CD to Go and Make Disciples (Matthew 28:19) and have kids sing the Key Verse song and hold up their green lights every time they sing the word Go! Refer to the Lyrics poster if necessary.
The Key Verse in todays lesson gives your third- and fourth-graders specific instructions from God about sharing their faith with others. Kids this age need specific instruction, so you can use this verse as a guideline for how you relay instructions to your class. Give them a specific and direct command, give them guidelines as to how to do it, and encourage them by letting them know that youre there to help. By doing this for your class, youll help them know God also will help them do what hes asking them to do.