Come to Jesus, He will help – Part 2

In this theme we hear the story about Jesus and the Pharisees. The Pharisees wanted to look very good but Jesus wants us to be true and genuine.

Resources

Animation film: Jesus and the Pharisees

Drawings

Music video: HV 398 - How glad I am that I have found my Jesus.

More about the theme

Jesus loved people and wanted like to teach them to keep God’s word. He spoke the word of God with power, because he also lived the Word. But the Pharisees who were living at the time did not like this.

The Pharisees were considered to be very important, holy men who made sure that the people of Israel kept God´s law. The Pharisees had read most in the scriptures and were supposed to know everything about God. But Jesus knew they were false. He called them “hypocrites, serpents”. Jesus was God’s own son, and he knew God. Therefore, Jesus knew that the way the Pharisees behaved and used their power against the Jews was quite the opposite of what God wanted. They were not holy and pure. They hadn´t understood anything about who God is and how He wants us to be.

Jesus did not care that the Pharisees did not like him nor that they made plans to kill him. Instead, he used the time to speak the word of God and to teach people to be true and genuine. Jesus said: He who hears My word and believes in Him who has sent Me has everlasting life! And of the Pharisees he said; How can you believe, who receive honor from one other and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?

What we can learn from this story is that hypocrisy – to pretend to be something – will be very harmful to ourselves. God wants us to be true and genuine and not to pretend to be anything else or better than we really are. God sees to our hearts and knows everything. He loves everyone who seeks him with a pure and good heart.

Tips for Sunday School

We recommend using the layout introduced in part 1 of this theme. It’s nice to be able to have something permanent that the children recognize, and it’s easier to lead a Sunday school when you have some regular elements.

1. Welcome – introduce theme

3 minutes

2. Short song – one that they know

2 minutes

3. Film

About 5 minutes

4. Conversation, in which the children also get to think, ask and participate.

Max 10 minutes

Song related to theme

2-3 minutes

6. An activity or competition/quiz

Length depends on the type of activity, but this shouldn´t take too long either.

7. Thanks for today

1 minute

Total length excluding the activity

Max 25 minutes

Questions for conversation

Bible verses that fit the theme:

John 5:44: How can you believe, who receive honor from one another and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?

Hebrews 10:22: let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Jak, 4: 8: Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded!

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