Hey BridgeKids Families!
Jesus’ ministry had begun. His first miracle was at a wedding, turning water into wine. He cleansed the temple in Jerusalem and performed signs, and “many trusted in His name” (John 2:23). Jesus likely spent a large part of His day teaching. When the day was done, He spent time alone or with His disciples. One night, however, a man named Nicodemus approached Jesus.
Open your Bibles to John 3:1-21. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews; that is, he was a religious leader who taught God’s law, and he was a member of the Sanhedrin—a Jewish governing body. Nicodemus was part of an exclusive group of apparently moral men. He held to the belief that if a person was a law-abiding Jew, he would be accepted by God. Jesus gave Nicodemus a lesson that would turn his belief system on its head.
Jesus was a carpenter (Mark 6:3), so the religious teachers likely assumed He didn’t know theology. But they had seen Jesus’ miraculous signs in Jerusalem. Nicodemus had to conclude, “You are a teacher come from God” (John 3:2).
Nicodemus initiated the conversation, but Jesus chose the subject. His words perplexed Nicodemus: “Unless someone is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus explained that spiritual birth is not unlike physical birth in that a person cannot do it himself. It is something that happens to him.
Jesus reminded Nicodemus of an Old Testament account, the disobedient Israelites and the bronze snake. The Israelites could not help themselves, but when they trusted in God and looked to the bronze snake lifted up on the pole, they were healed. (Num. 21:4-9)
Nicodemus needed new life—eternal life—but he could not do anything to earn it.
Eternal life is a gift that comes only from God. God showed His love in this way:
He sent His One and Only Son to save the world. Everyone who believes in Him
will not perish but will have eternal life.
Emphasize with your kids that every person is born a sinner—spiritually dead and
alienated from God. It is by God’s Spirit—not our own effort—that we are born again. We look to Christ and His finished work on the cross for our salvation.
Ask the questions:
- Who visited Jesus at night? (Nicodemus, John 3:1-2)
- What was Nicodemus’s job? (He was a Pharisee, a ruler of the Jews; John 3:1)
- What did Jesus say must happen for a person to see the kingdom of God? (A person must be born again, John 3:3)
- What Old Testament story did Jesus talk about? (Moses and the bronze snake, John 3:14)
- How did God show His love to the world? (He gave His One and Only Son, John 3:16)
- Everyone who believes in Jesus will have what? (eternal life, John 3:16)
- Who did Jesus say He is? Jesus said He is the Messiah.
- Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God. Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
- Operation Christmas Child: BridgeKids has a goal of sending at least 100 shoeboxes this Christmas. Every week we are collecting a new themed item for our boxes. Drop items in the BK check in area. Learn more at samaritanspurse.org/occ. Stay tuned to BridgeKids Facebook for more details! The next two weeks we are collecting school supplies. So while you are doing your back to school shopping, grab a couple extra items for the kids around the world!