Happy new week, everyone! This week's lesson is about the Good Samaritan. I posted a video lesson about it for the kids over on our Sojourn J-Town Families group page on Facebook. But I wanted to bring a quick devotional here for you parents as well.
The quick summary of the story is:
- An expert in the Law (Old Testament scriptures) came to Jesus and asked him how to gain eternal life, saying that the scriptures say to love and worship God with everything in you, and love your neighbor as yourself. But even in saying those things, asked who exactly someone's "neighbor" was... because he was still trying to justify himself.
- Jesus then gave a parable of a man having been robbed, beaten, and left for dead, saying that after the attack both a Priest and a Levite came down the road at different times, noticing the victim, and chose to ignore him. But then a Samaritan—in other words, someone who wasn't even a fellow citizen of the victim, unlike the other two men—came by and noticed the man, and devoted his own time, money, and emotional energies to helping the man heal and be restored.
- Jesus then asked the expert of the Law who the proper "neighbor" was, to which the expert said, the Samaritan.
- Jesus replied, "Go and do likewise."
This is undoubtedly a tough time for our culture. We, our kids included, don't have to look far to see schisms, biases, and favoritism—just to name a few—and with those, a ton of justification for those actions. Are you being a "Samaritan" for others... despite them being from your flock? Are you showing your kids what it's like to be the Samaritan? Or, are you showing people how to justify your actions?
This should be hard for any of us to look at! It is for me at times. But that's the call... the hard task of following Christ's example of loving others even if they don't return the favor.
So here's my charge: "Go and do likewise." - Jesus
This will be seen by your kids. This will teach your kids. This will resource your kids. This will bless your kids!
Here's this week's Activity Sheet. Enjoy!
General teaching tips
- Get on their level—sit together at the kitchen table or together on the floor and meet their eye-line.
- Make it comfortable—grab a snack, curl up on the couch, or do it in your PJs.
- Don't feel the need to read the lesson word for word or to even finish—use it as a springboard to share the story of Jesus' birth in your own words.
- Feel free to not teach and let us do it—take a break and use the videos that will be posted weekly on the Facebook group page.
- Show them your Bible—show them the words inside and how the Bible is organized into books. Remind them that every word is true and we can trust what it says.
- Be excited to share the love of Jesus—children will rise to your level of excitement.
- At the end of the lesson is a time to pray. I encourage you to pray for those who are severely affected by the virus; for the our leaders as they make decisions about our city, state, and country; and for peace for our church family during these trying times.
Please feel free to reach out to me
if you have any questions, concerns, or if you need anything.