John the Baptist came down to the Jordan River preaching, "Get ready for
the Kingdom of Heaven is near." He was telling the people that
they should turn away from doing sin and wrong things, and start to
obey God's commands before it was too late.
John wore clothes made out of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt
around his waist. What do you think he ate? (Let the
children respond). He ate locusts and wild honey!
Would you like to eat crunchy insects even if they were sweetened with
honey! (Let the children respond).
People came to John from Jerusalem and from all over the province of
Judea. If they said they were sorry for all the things that they
had done wrong, and really meant it, then John would baptised them by
dipping them into the Jordan River.
What Shall We Do?
The people wanted to serve God, so they asked John, "What shall we do?"
And he answered, "Whoever has two coats, let him give one to
somebody who needs one. And if you have plenty of food, then give
some to those who are hungry.
The tax-collectors also came to be baptised and asked him, "Master, what
shall we do?" John answered them, "Collect just the taxes that
the Government tells you to, and no more!" And then some soldiers
asked, "And what shall we do?" John answered them, "Don't beat
up any person, nor falsely accuse anybody of doing wrong, and be content
with your wages!"
The people wondered in their hearts whether John was Jesus or not.
John said to them, "No, I am not the Christ. I baptise you with
water, but I am not good enough to carry even His sandles! He will
baptise you with the Holy Spirit!
Jesus is Baptised:
Now Jesus himself was about thirty years old when He began His ministry and
came from Galilee to the River Jordan to be baptised by John. John
tried to stop Him, saying, "I need to be baptised by You." But
Jesus replied, "Let it be so for now, for we must do what God wants us to
do." Did Jesus always do what God wanted Him to? (Let the
). Yes, Jesus always did what God wanted Him to
do, because He wanted to please God in all He did and said!
And so John then baptised Jesus by dipping Him into the river. As He
came out of the water, John saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove
and alighting on Jesus. And a voice from Heaven said, "This is My
own dear Son, whom I love, and I am well pleased with Him!"
God was pleased with Jesus because He always obeyed God and never sinned.
Children can also please God by obeying their parents and doing
what you have been taught in Sunday School. You can pray every day
and ask Jesus to help you to be good. He will then help you to please
God in all you do and say.
And what is your answer to the question, "Master, what shall I do?"
I hope your answer is, "I'm going to obey my parents, and Jesus, and be
kind to other people!"