Daily Devos: Jesus is Baptized

PRAYER OF THE WEEK:

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of baptism, and for the promises of forgiveness, love, and hope.  Help us to walk wet as we follow in your footsteps.  In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

COLORING PAGE OF THE WEEK:

You can download the coloring page here:  http://misdibujoscristianos.blogspot.com/2012/01/bautizo-de-jesus.html

Jesus Baptism

BIBLE STORY OF THE WEEK:  Matthew 3:13-17 NRSV

Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”

QUESTIONS OF THE WEEK:

Do you know the story of the day that you were baptized?  If so, tell it.  If not, talk to someone who would know, and learn it for yourself.  What do you think it would have been like to hear God’s voice?  What would it have been like to see the heavens ripped apart?  What would it have been like to see the Spirit like a dove from heaven?

Family God Time: JESUS IS BAPTIZED Matthew 3:13-17

This is our last week of remembering what we learned in Bible School at the beginning of the summer. Have fun learning more about each story from your children; they are sometimes our greatest teachers!

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

Dear God, we thank you for the gift of baptism, and for the promises of forgiveness, love, and hope. Help us to walk wet as we follow in your footsteps. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story: Matthew 3:13-17

Read about the Baptism of Jesus in a children’s Bible or online here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+3%3A13-17+&version=ERV

Here are two videos to show you the Baptism of Jesus:

Questions to Ponder:
1. Do you know the story of the day that you were baptized? If so, tell it.
2. If not, talk to someone who would know, and learn it for yourself.
3. What do you think it would have been like to hear God’s voice?
4. What would it have been like to see the heavens ripped apart?
5. What would it have been like to see the Spirit like a dove from heaven?

Song: Jesus Was Baptized

It is hard to believe, but I could not find even one song about the Baptism of Jesus on Youtube! Instead, I made up this song which goes to the tune of “Frere Jacques.” Feel free to make up actions to go with it. Enjoy!

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Activity: Baptism of Jesus Spinners

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I found this craft from Flame Creative Children’s Ministry, and thought it would be great to give it a try with my own family. You can find the activity here: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.com/2016/01/printable-baptism-of-jesus-spinner.html

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)

God be in my head, and in my understanding.
God be in my eyes, and in my looking.
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking.
God be in my heart, and in my thinking.
God be at my end, and at my departing. Amen.

Jesus is Baptized: Matthew 3

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn about the day that Jesus was baptized.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Matthew 3:13-17
Read the story of Jesus’ baptism in a children’s Bible, your own Bible, or you can find the story here:
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+3%3A13-17&version=ERV

For this story, my family and I used the Spark Story Bible.  You can purchase one here:
http://www.wearesparkhouse.org/store/product/8122/Spark-Story-Bible-Sunday-School-Edition?c=285812

Discuss as a family:

What do you remember about the day that you were baptized?

What do you parents remember?

Have you ever seen a baptism before?  What was it like?

What do you think about God calling us his beloved daughters and sons?  What is it like to know that God is well pleased with you?

Song:  Wade in the Water
This song is and African American Spiritual, and is great for a devotion time about baptism.  Have fun pretending to wade in the water together!

 

Activity:  Making Soap
I don’t know if it’s all kids, but mine hate washing their hands.  I thought making their own soap might be a good way to remind them of their baptism, while also making something useful that they can’t wait to use!

To make your own soap at home for the first time, I recommend purchasing a kit at a craft store.  If you do this, follow the directions included in the kit.

I regularly make soap, so I had the supplies on hand.  You will need blocks of plain glycerin soap, a few drops of a fragrance of your choice (we used lavender), and soap molds (we used shell molds).

Melt the glycerin in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time.  I let my kids stir the soap in between each 30 second time period.  When it is all melted, add a couple of drops of fragrance (don’t be too generous, or it will burn your nose!) and stir to combine.  Holding the measuring cup with the help of one of your kids, carefully pour the melted soap into your molds.  Allow to set up completely and have them help you to release the soap from the molds (it’s like getting ice out of an ice cube tray, but with a slightly more gentle touch).  Store soap in a cool, dry location until you are ready to use it.  Here is a picture of our finished product:

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Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for making us your sons and daughters in baptism.  Help us to remember that you love us and are happy with us.  In your name we pray, Amen.