THIS WEEK'S LESSON
Jesus' Hard Teachings
BIBLE PASSAGE: John 6
STORY POINT: Many people misunderstood Jesus’ teaching.
KEY PASSAGE: Colossians 1:13-14
BIG PICTURE QUESTION: How does God care for His creation? God loves and rules over His creation according to His perfect plan.
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On the heels of His miraculous feeding of the five thousand, Jesus encountered crowds who erroneously concluded He was worth following because He could use His power to fill their empty stomachs. But Jesus recognized their motives and challenged them to go after something greater—not to work for food, which does not last long, but to receive eternal life by believing in Him.
Over and over again, people misunderstood Jesus’ words. They asked what they could do to get the food that lasts forever. Eternal life is a gift that God gives—not to those who perform certain deeds, but to anyone who believes in Jesus. Then the crowd asked for another sign. If Moses had provided bread for 40 years, couldn’t Jesus do that too? Jesus pointed out the bread didn’t come from Moses; it came from God. The crowd was so determined to get bread to eat that they didn’t recognize that God had now provided true bread from heaven by sending His Son.
Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” Jesus didn’t want just to fill people’s stomachs, He wanted to give them true life. Jesus continued, “If anyone eats of this bread he will live forever” (John 6:51). Emphasize to your kids that God invites us to come and eat. We partake in the bread of life by believing in Him.
The Jewish leaders struggled with Jesus’ teaching. How could this man, whom they knew as the son of Joseph, be the Son of God? Furthermore, Jesus talked about giving His flesh and blood. To the Jews, this didn’t make any sense. Jesus’ teachings were hard to understand. When Jesus talked about His flesh and blood, He was talking about His death and resurrection.
Many people stopped following Jesus because they could not accept His teachings. Yet Peter, one of the Twelve, grasped the truth: “You have the words of eternal life. … You are the Holy One of God” (John 6:68-69). When we trust in Jesus, He gives us the gift of eternal life.
Wisdom To Understand
Some of Jesus' teachings were hard for everyone to understand, and sometimes they still are even today! What's one teaching that you're having trouble understanding? Is there a certain part of a teaching that still doesn't make sense? This week, take a few minutes to ask the Lord for wisdom to understand what Jesus is saying. One way we can get wisdom is by asking questions, and you can do this with your parents or with your leaders here in Kid's Church! It's never wrong to ask questions that will help you understand more. What are some questions you have?
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