my try at a kids focused sermon…..

Matthew 3.13-17

13-14Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!”

15But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it.

(the Message)

16-17The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”

I wonder how Jesus felt when God said that about him? I wonder how it made him feel knowing that everyone else heard it too? I wonder how you feel when your parents say things like that to you, or about you? I wonder how you feel when everyone else hears your parents say that? I wonder how you feel when you say that kind of thing about someone else? I wonder how the other people feel when they hear you say those kinds of things?

We say things like that at baptisms! Who here has been baptised? Do you remember when someone said that you were chosen and marked by God’s love, and the delight of God’s life? Now is a good time to be reminded of that! When we are baptised we are celebrating that we are chosen and marked by God’s love! So what do we do with that?

Who knows what’s inside their head? That’s right! A brain! And who knows what a brain looks like? What does the brain do? Without our brain would we be able to hear? Would we be able to speak? What if we weren’t able to hear when someone said something about us, like what God said about Jesus? What if we couldn’t say anything that would make somebody else feel special? Without a brain, there would be no possibility or potential for us to hear or to speak. But because we have brains, there are lots of possibilities – so many different possibilities of all the nice things that we could say, and the nice things that we could do for people, so much potential for everything in our lives and in the world!

What were some of the possibilities that came from John baptizing people? What were some possibilities that came from Jesus baptism? One that Jesus said was that “ God’s work, putting things right all these centuries is coming together right now in this baptism.” What are some possibilities that come from our baptism?

John and Jesus were passionate about changing the world around them. There were so many possibilities, there was so much potential! I wonder if you have felt excited about your potential, and about the things that you could do in your own life, or for someone else?

We can all feel excited about baptism, about Jesus’ baptism and our own baptism!

“Prayer
Loving God, we have been created by you and in baptism we are reminded of how much we belong to you. May we be filled with curiosity and imagination as we seek to follow in the way of Jesus. In the name of Christ we ask, Amen. ” (from Spirit Sightings…and the idea!)

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