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Jesus And Nicodemus

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Jesus And Nicodemus - Luke 4

Nicodemus needed new life—eternal life—but he could not do anything to earn it. Eternal life is a gift that comes only from God. God showed his love in this way: He sent his one and only Son to save the world. Everyone who believes in him will not perish but will have eternal life.

Key Passage

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”- John 3:16

  • For God (Put one hand up with palm up)
  • Loved the world in this Way (Cross both hands over chest with fists closed)
  • He gave his one and only son (Put one hand up and touch palm with one hand then bring to side)
  • So that everyone (Swoop both hands out with palms up)
  • Who believes In Him (Cross hands over chest)
  • Will not perish (Make a “no” sign in front of waist)
  • But have eternal life (Point with palm up with one hand)

Songs

For God Loved The World

Choose one or more of the songs below:

Bible Story Video

Jesus And Nicodemus

Bible Story Summary

  • Nicodemus visited Jesus.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus people can get a better kind of life from God.
  • Jesus said anyone who believes in him will have eternal life.
  • Jesus told Nicodemus about God’s great plan.

Family Discussion Starters

  • How is the life God gives better than the life we got from our parents?
  • Can we earn life forever with God?
  • What did Jesus do so we can have life forever with God?
  • How can we get eternal life?

Family Activity

  • Memorize John 3:16 as a family. 
  • Talk about someone you know who just had a baby. Pray for the baby and family. Talk about how babies are a gift from God and eternal life is a gift from God too.

Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF

  • Activity: "Try Hard"
    • Challenge kids with various exercises, increasing how much you challenge them to do after each successful completion. Encourage children to try even if they think they cannot do it. Finish with an impossible request, such as lifting the roof off the house. This time when kids say they cannot, respond, “You are right, but God can!” Repeat with different challenges.

    • Say: Trying hard and getting better at things is good, but knowing when we can’t do something by ourselves and need God’s help is good too. Some people try really hard to obey all of God’s laws because they think doing that will get them into heaven. Obeying God is good, but it doesn’t get us into heaven. Getting to heaven is not something we can do for ourselves, no matter how hard we try.

For Elementary Kids

  • Personal Bible Study (3rd-5th Grade Class Handout) - Download PDF

  • New City Catechism - Question 31
    • What do we believe by true faith?

    • Everything taught to us in the gospel. The Apostles’ Creed expresses what we believe in these words: We believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic [universal] church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.

  • Discussion & Bible Skills
    • Help kids find John 3. Read John 3:1-6, 14-18 aloud. Remind kids that the Book of John was written by Jesus’ disciple and friend John, not John the Baptist.

    • Ask the following questions:

      • How did Nicodemus know that Jesus had been sent by God? (because of the miracles Jesus performed, John 3:2)

      • What did Jesus say must happen for a person to see the kingdom of God? (The person must be born again, or born of the Spirit; John 3:3-6)

      • Jesus said that He had been sent by God not to punish the world, but to do what? (save the world, John 3:17)

      • What does it mean to be born again? Prompt the kids to think about the ending of their old, sinful lives and the start of their new lives in Jesus. Remind them that God declares sinners righteous when they believe in Jesus. God no longer sees believers as sinners, but as saints. Our new and eternal life with God starts as soon as we believe the gospel. 

      • What does it mean to have eternal life? Discuss the idea that eternal life with God is not just regular life that never ends, but joyful, loving, obedient life that goes on forever. A believer’s new life begins right away. Even after physical death, our souls live with God forever. When Jesus returns, we will continue living with God in glorified bodies.

      • Why did God send Jesus to save us? Remind the kids that God loves people and always does what is for his glory and our good. We are special to God, and he wanted to save us from sin to show His goodness and love.

      • Jesus taught that we must be born again. God wants us to believe the gospel so we can have a personal relationship with him forever.

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