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Jesus Taught In Nazareth

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Jesus Taught In Nazareth - Luke 4

Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. The Messiah would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and announced that he is the promised Messiah.

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)


For God Loved The World

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Bible Story Video

Jesus' Early Miracles

Bible Story Summary

  • Jesus read the scroll of the prophet Isaiah in the synagogue.
  • Jesus said he was the One God promised to send.
  • Jesus taught that he is the Messiah.
  • The people were angry at Jesus’ words.

Family Discussion Starters

  • What did Jesus mean when he said Isaiah’s words had come true?
  • Why were people surprised by what Jesus said?
  • What did Jesus come to bring?

Family Activity

  • Read Isaiah 61:1-2 and compare it with Luke 4:18-19. Explain that Isaiah wrote these words long before Jesus came to earth.

  • Talk about the kind of people Jesus helped in Luke 4:18-19. Talk about how your family can join Jesus in his mission.

Other Resources

For Preschool Kids

  • Coloring/Activity Pages - Download PDF

  • Activity: Make a Scroll
    • Write the letters J-E-S-U-S where everyone can see. Help children find these letters in the scroll and color them in.

    • Say: Good job finding the letters J-E-S-U-S on the scroll! That spells Jesus. In our Bible story today, Jesus read from a scroll of the Bible that was about him, even though his name was not actually written in it.

For Elementary Kids

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

  • New City Catechism - Question 30
    • What is faith in Jesus Christ?

    • Faith in Jesus Christ is acknowledging the truth of everything that God has revealed in his Word, trusting in him, and also receiving and resting on him alone for salvation as he is offered to us in the gospel.

  • Discussion & Bible Skills
    • Help kids find Luke 4. Use a New Testament Israel map to show kids where Nazareth is located. 

    • Ask the following questions:

      • Where did Jesus grow up? (Nazareth, Luke 4:16)

      • From whose scroll did Jesus read? (the prophet Isaiah’s, Luke 4:17)

      • How did the people react to Jesus? (amazed and confused at first, then angry; Luke 4:22,28)

      • How do we know Jesus really is the Messiah? Guide kids to discuss the overwhelming evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. Remind them of all the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, such as his birth in Bethlehem. Point out his power to heal people and remind them that God called Jesus his son. Jesus’ claim in this story is well supported by other evidence.

      • What does it mean to accept Jesus rather than reject him? Help kids see that when our faith is in Jesus, we are doing more than admitting that he is the Messiah, we are also saying that he is the Lord of our lives. When we believe in Jesus, we are saying that we want Him to guide and control our lives. We want to obey him out of love and serve him to glorify God.

      • What can we do if we know someone who rejects Jesus? Remind kids that we cannot save anyone. Our job when we believe the gospel is to teach other people about Jesus. Help kids understand that God is the One who saves people. Discuss the importance of prayer in leading others to Jesus. Make sure they know that we treat everyone with kindness and respect, even if they don’t yet believe the gospel.

      • Jesus taught that He is the Messiah. Jesus loves people and wants to see everyone rescued from sin. We cannot make people believe, but we can tell them the good news so they can believe and be saved.