Introduction: These are Bible lessons teaching about how Jesus is the Light of the world. The children will learn that where the light is there will be no darkness. The children will learn that Jesus is the Light of the world and Christians will no longer walk in darkness. Taken from the BB Juniors Pro Pack S-2-3
• You could have some items that the lady had to take out of her trolley, toilet paper. washing-up liquid, washing powder, milk.
• Black card
• Coloured tissue paper
• Glue or Sellotape
Activity 1 - Jesus is the Light
To teach that Jesus is the Light of the World.
Read John 1:1-9 (NIV)
Have the children sit down in a circle. Turn off all the lights and have as dark a room as possible. Shine the torch in the darkness.
Read out John 1:1-5:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
So Jesus is the Word and He was with God before anything was made. The Bible says that Jesus is Life and he is the Light of all people. So in the darkness of the world the light comes from Jesus -just like it comes from my torch in the darkness.
Read John 1:6-8: There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that tight, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
God sent John the Baptist to prepare people for when Jesus came. He came to tell people that Jesus was coming — that a light was coming — but that he was just a witness to the light. Now I have a mirror here and I want (pick a child to help you) you to shine the torch onto the mirror. In the darkness the light is shining off the mirror and is reflected back to shine on you. So lam not the light — the mirror is reflecting the light
So John was like the mirror - he was reflecting the light of Jesus until Jesus came himself.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognise him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
The Bible says that all those who believe in Jesus and know that he is the Son of God have the right to be children of God
Thank you that you sent Jesus to be the light
and that through Him
we are able to become your children.
Activity 2 - Let your light shine
To learn about how Jesus calls us to be the light Him in us.
Read Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
Have you ever travelled in a car through the country and then come out of the country to see a town built on a hill that shone really brightly because of all the lights.
Have you been to a city or a big town where there’s light everywhere?
That is an example of how a city on a hill cannot be hidden — because the light cannot be hidden, It shines out for everyone to see.
(Use the bowl and the torch to illustrate this part)
Do you have a light beside your bed? Would you ever put it under a bowl? Of course not because you need the light to be seen or you won’t be able to read or play in your room.
Read the Bible story. Jesus is saying here that we should let our light shine if we love Jesus. The light of Jesus in us needs to be seen.
I have a story to tell you. There was a lady in the supermarket in front of a vicar. When it came to the time to pay she did not have enough money. She asked the lady at the till to take off some of her items, like toilet paper and washing-up liquid, washing powder and milk. (you could illustrate the story here with items). All the things she had in her trolley were important things not luxury items that she did not really need. The lady was very embarrassed and the Vicar behind her said that he would like to pay for her shopping — for all of it. The woman said no really you do not need to do that but he insisted and so she thanked him profusely and he even went after her and helped her put the things in her car.
He did not tell the lady that he was a Christian, but he said that we all need to shine and be like Jesus to other people. When people are sad or in trouble and they know that you are kind and helpful then they will come to you for help. And they might find out that you love Jesus and that is what makes you the way you are.
Be an example. Just by being happy and by being friendly with everyone at school you can help people. Jesus says, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” So Jesus is talking about you being a Christian helping others. In that way they may see why you do and then they may want to find out more about Jesus.
Activity 3 - Stained Glass Window
To illustrate that Jesus is the light and that He shines through us and we show that light in different ways and different colours by the things that we do and say.
Prepare the table where the children will be working.
• Show a picture of a stained glass window.
• Get the children to draw and cut out shapes for their design on the black card.
• On the back of the black card glue or tape different coloured tissue paper in the cut out areas.
• Make sure that all the areas cut out are covered in tissue paper.
• Then punch two holes in the top where you could put some string to hang up the window,
• The children can take home their windows and hang them in window for the sun to shine through.
For full details refer to the BB Junior Pro Pack S2-3