54 Get ready

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Luke 3:16a.

Have you ever had to sweep a path clear of leaves or snow? Have you seen a bulldozer cutting through a forest or a snowplough clearing a road?

Pretend that someone really important is coming to visit your country. You have been given the job of getting ready for them! It’s going to be a bit more work than clearing a path! How will you make sure everything is ready for their arrival?

Your Very Important Person has arrived! What do you think that moment will be like?

 

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The story so far…

John the Baptist lived out in the desert. It was here that God spoke to him and told him to start telling people to turn back to God. Luke, the writer of this Gospel, used the words of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah to describe John. Luke wanted people to know that John was the special messenger promised by God who would prepare the way for God’s servant, Jesus.

Now read Luke 3:2b–16 together.

 

What happened next…

John told people God’s good news in many different ways. But he told Herod, the ruler, that he was doing wrong. Eventually, Herod put John in jail. Before that happened many people were baptised by John, showing that they wanted to turn from their sins and start living for God. Then, one day, Jesus came to John and was baptised. It was a sign that his life belonged to God.

 

Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 72 together.

 

Did you know…?

John the Baptist John’s role (predicted almost 800 years earlier) was to prepare the way for a person who would become far better known than he was. He would have immediately become unpopular with the religious leaders when he announced that there was no point thinking that the Jews could expect God’s favour just because they were Jews (descended from Abraham). God’s favour would come when the people showed repentance and obedience.

Turn back or repent John’s message was that people needed to turn back to God or “repent”.

Baptist or baptiser If people heard John’s message and wanted to change their ways and follow God, they went into the river Jordan with him. He drenched them with water as a sign that God would wash away all the things they had done wrong and forgive them. This drenching was known as “baptising” and it was used as a nickname for John.

Messiah The people were waiting and expecting God to send his special messenger, the Messiah, into the world. They thought John might be him but he explained that he was not. Instead, his job was to prepare the way for the Messiah.

 

Try it out

Write a postcard to God telling him exactly where you are at in your relationship with him. If you are already a friend of Jesus, thank God for everything that Jesus has done for you. If you are not so sure, write your thoughts about what you have found out in this Bible story.

Ask your Bible Coach to take your postcard and to send it to you in a few weeks time. See if you still think the same, after taking more of the Big Bible Challenge.

 

Talk to God

Do you need to say sorry to God about anything? Be sure that he will forgive you.

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