Listen to the prerecorded Children’s Message together.
What do most people use their power for? [Hint: Most people try to use their power to make themselves happy and rich.]
Let’s find out what Jesus did with his power.
Read Philippians 2:6-7 together.
What kind of power does Jesus have? [Hint: who is He?]
What does Jesus do with his power? What does he become?
Does this surprise you? Is this what people usually do with their power?
Can you think of times when Jesus used his power to serve other people?
Can you think of times Jesus acted like a servant even though he is our God?
[Hint: one classic example is when Jesus washed his disciples’ feet, WHILE they were arguing about who was the greatest.]
Jesus uses his power to become our servant.
Let’s see how far Jesus used his power to love and serve others.
Read Philippians 2:8 together.
How did Jesus obey His Father? How far did his love take him?
Why did Jesus have to die on the cross for us? [Hint: check out Romans 5:8]
So Jesus, even though he was God, used all of his power to serve us, all the way to dying on the cross for us. Most people use their power to become happy and rich, Jesus used his power to love and serve others, even to the point of giving his life for us. That would be a very sad story if it ended there. Let’s find out what happens next!
Read Philippians 2:9-11 together.
Where does God (the Father) take Jesus after he dies on the cross?
How high does God take Jesus? Can you get any higher?
Activity. Draw a picture of the shape of Jesus’s life. Think about where Jesus started in the beginning. Think about how low his power took him. Think about where God the Father took him in the end. [Hint for parents: this would look like a U]
The Apostle Paul tells us that we can say thank you to Jesus, by using our power like he did. Do the following activity and discussion to see how you can live like Jesus.
Activity. Make a list of everyone in the family’s “superpowers”, that is the things they are good at and the things they love to do.
Discussion. How each person can use each of their “superpower” to love the family and your neighbors, especially during the time we are all at home together during the corona-virus shutdown.
[Hint: here are some examples, perhaps you can do a talent show to entertain the family – with music, storytelling, dancing, etc. or perhaps someone has a gift that can brighten someone’s day, like drawing a picture for someone who is home and lonely.]
What is one simple thing that you learned from this lesson that you can share with someone else? Who will you share it with?