Kids Lesson: Jesus' Hard Teachings
Jesus' Hard Teachings - John 6
Jesus did not come just to give people bread to eat, He came to give them true life. Jesus’ teachings were hard to understand. God the Father wants us to believe in His Son. When we trust in Jesus, He gives us life with God forever.
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Bible Story - Jesus' Hard Teachings
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A crowd of people were looking for Jesus. They found Him on the other side of the sea. Jesus said to them, “You are looking for Me because I gave you food not because you saw My miracles. Don’t work for food that will go bad. The Son of Man will give you food that never goes bad.” The people asked, “What work does God want us to do?” Jesus said, “Believe in the One whom He has sent.” The people said, “What will You do for us to make us believe? Will You do another miracle?” The people wanted bread from heaven like Moses and the Israelites got in the wilderness. Jesus said, “God the Father gives true bread from heaven. I am the bread of life. No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.” Jesus said that the Father had sent Him to do God’s plan. God’s plan is that everyone who sees Jesus—God the Son—and believes in Him will have eternal life. The people complained because Jesus said He came from heaven. “Isn’t this Joseph’s son?” they asked. Jesus said again, “I am the bread of life. I came from heaven. Moses and the Israelites ate bread in the wilderness, and they died. If anyone eats this bread, he will live forever.” When Jesus said this, many of His followers said, “This teaching is hard. Who can believe it?” Many of Jesus’ followers decided not to follow Him anymore. Jesus asked His twelve disciples, “Do you want to go away too?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We believe and know that You are the Holy One of God.”
Bible Story Summary
- People wanted Jesus to give them bread from heaven like Moses and the Israelites got in the wilderness.
- Jesus did not come just to give people bread to eat, He came to give them true life.
- Many people did not understand Jesus’ teaching.
- What did Jesus say is the work God wants people to do?
- What did Jesus mean when He said He is the bread of life?
- Why did many of Jesus’ followers decide not to follow Him anymore?
- Bake a loaf of bread as a family. Talk about how Jesus is the bread of life as you eat the bread.
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Write Thank You Notes
Provide paper and markers for preschoolers to make thank- you notes. Show children how to fold their paper in half to make a card. Write THANK YOU where everyone can see. Encourage your children to copy it on the front of their cards. Write THANK YOU on the cards ahead of time for younger preschoolers. Encourage children to draw a picture of someone taking care of them inside the card. Ask each child about what she is drawing and for whom, and then write a brief note in her card. Invite children to deliver their notes this week.
Say: I’m so thankful that God provides people to take care of us! Saying thanks to them is important. They take care of you because they love you, just like God does! How does God care for His creation? God loves and rules over all He made. We feel God’s love through His care for our physical needs, but we especially feel His love through Jesus.
Help your kids find Luke 6 Ask the following questions:
What did Jesus say God wants people to do? (believe in Him, John 6:29)
Who will have eternal life? (everyone who believes in Jesus; John 6:40)
Why did many of Jesus’ followers go away from Him? (His teaching was difficult to understand and accept, John 6:60-66)
How can we eat Jesus’ flesh and drink His blood? Remind the kids that Jesus was not speaking literally. Guide them to think about the way Jesus’ body would be killed and His blood spilled to make the way for us to be saved. Discuss how believers take the Lord’s Supper to remember Jesus’ sacrifice for us.
Who can help you understand the Bible? Direct the kids to think of people they know who teach the Bible. Remind them that God has sent the Holy Spirit to live within believers. He helps us understand God’s Word with the help of other believers.
How can we help people who don’t know Jesus come to understand and believe in Him? Guide kids to practical steps they can take, like offering to read their Bibles with friends or inviting them to church. Remind the kids that only the Holy Spirit can make other people understand the truth, but we should try to give them the opportunity to hear it. Talk about what living on mission means and how it accomplishes that goal.