jesus taught in nazareth

Bible Passage: Luke 4

Story Point: Jesus taught that He is the Messiah.

Key Passage: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

What is God Like: God is love.

CHRIST CONNECTION: Hundreds of years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah wrote about God’s plan to send a Messiah. The Messiah would bring good news and redeem people who were broken and hurting. Jesus read Isaiah’s words and announced that He is the promised Messiah.







Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here's one for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:

  • Prompt kids to discuss a time they felt accepted, welcomed, or loved.



  1. Which Old Testament prophet wrote the scroll that Jesus read from? (Isaiah)

  2. When did Isaiah write these words? (long before Jesus was born)

  3. What did Jesus teach about the Messiah? (Jesus taught that He is the Messiah.)

  4. How did the people of Nazareth respond to Jesus? (They were angry.)

  5. Whose love never fails? (God’s!)


  1. Where did Jesus grow up? (Nazareth, Luke 4:16)

  2. From whose scroll did Jesus read? (the prophet Isaiah’s, Luke 4:17)

  3. How did the people react to Jesus? (amazed and confused at first, then angry; Luke 4:22,28)

  4. How do we know Jesus really is the Messiah? Guide kids to discuss the overwhelming evidence that Jesus is the Messiah. Remind them of all the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled, such as His birth in Bethlehem. Point out His power to heal people and remind them that God called Jesus His Son. Jesus’ claim in this story is well supported by other evidence.

  5. What does it mean to accept Jesus rather than reject Him? Help kids see that when our faith is in Jesus, we are doing more than admitting that He is the Messiah, we are also saying that He is the Lord of our lives. When we believe in Jesus, we are saying that we want Him to guide and control our lives. We want to obey Him out of love and serve Him to glorify God.

  6. What can we do if we know someone who rejects Jesus? Remind kids that we cannot save anyone. Our job when we believe the gospel is to teach other people about Jesus. Help kids understand that God is the One who saves people. Discuss the importance of prayer in leading others to Jesus. Make sure they know that we treat everyone with kindness and respect, even if they don’t yet believe the gospel.



sort it out

WHAT YOU NEED: handful of buttons, coins, plastic gems, or other small objects

WHAT TO DO: Provide each person with a small handful of buttons. Ask kids to sort the buttons by color, size, and shape. Then instruct the kids to count their buttons and reject all the buttons that have a given trait, such as those that are red, have two holes, or are not round. You may instead use coins, plastic gems, or other small objects.

WHAT YOU SAY: You may have a good reason to remove certain objects. For example, if you are replacing a button, you might reject buttons that are the wrong size or color. Today we will learn about a time people rejected Jesus because of what He taught.

along the line

WHAT YOU DO: Use tape or a rope to mark a line down the center of the room. Designate one end as “good” and the other as “not good.” Ask members of the family to stand somewhere along the line based on how they feel about themselves in regards to different criteria, such as their skill at dancing, their ability to draw, or their feelings about eating vegetables. Customize this to the interests of your family/group. End by asking them how they feel about their spiritual life. Ask them where along the line a person would be to need Jesus to rescue him or her.

WHAT YOU SAY: We sometimes make the mistake of thinking certain sinful choices are worse than others. Some people may think they are good enough and don’t need a Rescuer. Some people may think they are so bad that they cannot be rescued. The truth is, everyone who is on the line needs rescuing. There’s no such thing as being “too good to need Jesus” or “too bad for Jesus to save you.” We all need to be rescued. Jesus taught that He is the Messiah. He alone can save us when we ask Him to. And He wants to see all people saved!


WHAT YOU NEED: A Bible (“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16), strips of paper and a pen.

WHAT YOU DO: Write each phrase of the key passage on a strip of paper. Place the strips all throughout a Bible. Place a marker at John 3:16. Invite child to open the Bible to the key passage. Read the key passage aloud. Allow children to take turns removing the strips from your Bible. Place the strips in order as children find them. Say the verse together.

Here’s a link to Motions

WHAT YOU SAY: The whole Bible teaches us about God’s plan to send a Messiah. Jesus taught that He is the Messiah, the one God promised to send. Our key passage explains how Jesus saves us like God promised!


activity page

WHAT YOU NEED: activity page from resources that were delivered (Nov. 8) or download here.

WHAT YOU DO: Write the letters J-E-S-U-S where everyone can see. Help children find these letters in the scroll and color them in.

WHAT YOU SAY: Good job finding the letters J-E-S-U-S on the scroll! That spells Jesus. In our Bible story today, Jesus read from a scroll of the Bible that was about Him, even though His name was not actually written in it.

guess the shadow

WHAT YOU NEED: large piece of paper or light-colored sheet, a light and some objects

WHAT YOU DO: Hold up a large white piece of paper or sheet in front of a bright light. Invite children to sit on the other side of the paper. Hold an object in front of the light, slowly moving the object closer to the screen to make the shadow more distinct. Encourage children to guess the object making the shadow. Reveal the object and play again. Allow children to create the shadows, if desired.

WHAT YOU SAY: When Isaiah heard God’s plan to send a Messiah, it was kind of like seeing a shadow from far away. Isaiah didn’t know exactly what Jesus would be like, but he still understood a lot about Him. Jesus taught that He is the Messiah whom Isaiah had written about long before. Finally people could see clearly the one God had promised to send!

touch oil

WHAT YOU NEED: oil (that isn’t an allergy factor)

WHAT YOU DO: Pour a drop of baby oil on each baby or preschoolers hand and gently massage it into his skin. Say that anoint means to pour oil on someone to show God had a special plan for him or her.

WHAT YOU SAY: Jesus said God’s Spirit had anointed Him to preach good news. Jesus came to rescue us because He loves us. Jesus cared for people.




Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.

  • What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?

  • What does the story teach me about myself?

  • Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?

  • Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?

  • What characteristics of God do I see in this story?

  • What does the story teach me about people around me?

  • If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?

talking to kids about the gospel...

Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids

A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!

B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.

C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.