Being a Child of King Jesus
Being a Child of King Jesus
Big Idea: We are children of the King, and God loves us not matter who we are.
Scripture Memory Verse: …David said to him, “For I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table” (II Samuel 9:7).
Teacher Reading Passage: 2 Samuel 9:1-12; 1 Samuel 20:14-17
Materials: Two kids for drama, printout for basket and fruit, snack
Snack: Have the kids serve each other one at a time.
Ashley: What is wrong with your legs?
Timmy: I was born this way.
Ashley: Does it hurt?
Timmy: No, not really. It used to bother me.
Ashley: How is that?
Timmy: When people stare at me like I am some kind of freak, it makes me feel bad.
Ashley: I see. How do you get around brushing your teeth…things like that?
Timmy: I have done it for so long, that I am pretty good at it actually.
Ashley: I think it would be difficult to do all that.
Timmy: I have an older brother who helps me lots!
Ashley: My older sister and I fight all the time. I don’t think I would want her to help me.
Timmy: When you have a physical need, you change in ways that you would never think.
Ashley: How is that?
Timmy: I used to get mad and would not eat, even throw my food. One time, I shoved my wheelchair down the stairways.
Ashley: Wow! You must have really been frustrated.
Timmy: You said it!
Ashley: What made you change?
Timmy: Really it was not me….it was Jesus.
Ashley: What did HE have to do with you changing?
Timmy: I go to kid’s church and the teacher told us about how Jesus died for our sins, and if we asked him to forgive us, we would go to heaven some day. She said that Jesus would make us kind to others, and give us peace in our hearts.
Ashley: You did that?
Timmy: Yes, I prayed and asked Jesus to forgive me and He did.
Ashley: Just like that?
Timmy: Just like that! I pray and read my bible and King Jesus helps me to love my brother and be kind to him. He helps me when I get discouraged.
Ashley: That must be great! I think I need that, too.
Timmy: He will forgive anyone if they are sincerely sorry for their sins.
Ashley: I think I want to do that.
Timmy: I can pray with you.
Ashley: Ok….show me what to say.
Timmy: Dear Jesus, thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive me for all the sins that I have committed. I am sorry and want to go to heaven some day. In Jesus name, Amen.
Ashley: Thank you, Timmy and thank you King Jesus! I am so glad that you shared this with me.
Timmy: King Jesus wants us to share the Good News of His salvation with everyone!
Ashley: And you did that with me….thank you so much!
David was a kind king. He had a difficult time before he became king due to Saul who was jealous of him. Saul tried to harm David over and over again, but God kept King David safe from any harm. David was good friends with Saul’s son Jonathon. They became good friends and enjoyed their time together. One day, David made a promise to his friend Jonathan. He told him that he would be loyal to him no matter what happened.
It is wonderful to have friends who treat you with such kindness. Many times, we may think we have a friend, and then find out that they talk about us, or share something that we tell them in confidence. It makes us feel sad to be treated that way. To be a true friend, is to care for someone no matter who they are, what they do, or how they may treat you at times when they get upset. A friend is closer than a brother or sister sometimes. This is what the bible tells us.
King Jesus will always be our friend. He will not get mad at us, gossip about us, or tell lies on us. He loves us when we are unkind or do stupid things that we regret.
One day, something bad happened to Saul. He was killed in battle and when David heard about it, he remembered his promise to Jonathan. David asked, “Is there anyone still left of the house of Saul to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” Now there was a servant in Saul’s home who was called Ziba. That is a strange name. There are many bible names that are hard to say or that you may have never heard before. David found out about Ziba and asked him if there was anyone left in Saul’s family that he knew about. Ziba said, “There is still the son of Jonathan; who is lame in both feet.” “Where is he?” asked the King David. Ziba said, “He is at the house of Makir.”
When Mephibosheth came before King David, he bowed down to him to give him honor. One day, we too will bow down low before King Jesus. The bible says every knee will bow before King Jesus. We will give him honor for all that he has done for us and for who HE is.
King David told Him, “Don’t be afraid, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan who was my friend. I will give to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always have food to eat at my house.”
Mephibosheth was overcome with gratitude and responded, “I will be your servant, for I do not deserve to be treated like that. I am nothing!”
Mephibosheth was a humble person. He was not proud like his grandfather Saul. He did not feel that he deserved any royal treatment, and he was willing to take the least to make him happy. God is the One who will honor us; we do not have to brag about all that we can do. He will make sure that our talents and gifts are noticed to be used for His glory. He is the One we should be working for, not for the glory of others or ourselves.
David told Ziba that he wanted Mephibosheth to be well taken care of. He wanted him to have all the land and food that he needed. King David wanted Mephibosheth to be able to plant crops and harvest and provide for all the needs in his household. Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants and it would take a lot to feed them all. King David wanted all them taken care of.
King Jesus will take care of us, too. We do not have to worry about a test, a problem with a friend, a personal need that we may have. King Jesus will provide for us if we ask in faith trusting Him. He may not give us ALL we want, but what we need. He is a GOOD God.
For the rest of Mephibosheth life, he had plenty to eat and always was able to sit at David’s table. Since he was lame in both feet, he found it more difficult to get around than you and I do, but God provided for him in such a special way just as King Jesus will do for you.
When we belong to King Jesus, he will provide for us and help us to live a life that pleases Him. When we have confessed our sins, and asked King Jesus to come into our hearts he will forgive us, and then we will be able one day to sit at the table of KING JESUS. That will be wonderful!
If you do not know Jesus as your personal Savior, you can today. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).
Prayer of Salvation
Questions for Discussion
- What does it mean to be a child of King Jesus?
- How would a child of King Jesus treat others?
- What could you do to help someone who had a physical need such as in walking or hearing?
- How can we be like King David?
- 5. In what ways was Mephibosheth like King Jesus?
Drama Application for Kids (Allow the kids to react the Bible Story. They may read their lines. Provide a crown for the two kings (Saul and David). Provide a wheel chair for Mephibosheth. Provide a head covering or headband for Ziba and Jonathan. The Audience are the remaining kids. Pass out a part for each child.
Narrator: Once upon a time there was a king.
Saul: That’s me!
Narrator: There was another man God wanted to make king, because Saul did not obey God.
David: That’s me!
Narrator: Saul tried to hurt David and God was displeased.
Saul: I want my kingdom back!
Audience: That’s bad!
Narrator: David had a good friend, Jonathan with whom he was best friends with,
Jonathon: That’s me!
Narrator: One day Saul died and David was made King.
Audience: Long live King David!
Jonathan: That is wonderful that my best friend will be the king.
Narrator: David made a promise to Jonathan that they would always be best friends and loyal to one another.
King David: A promise is a promise!
Narrator: When King Saul died, King David asked for someone who would know if Saul had any other family members living.
Ziba: Oh yes, King David. There is one called Mephibosheth. He is lame on both feet.
Audience: That is sad!
King David: Bring him here!
Audience: Oh now, he is in trouble!
King David: Mephibosheth you will be provided food, shelter, and you can live at my house forever and ever.
Narrator: King David was a good king like King Jesus. He treated his friends with kindness just like King Jesus.
Audience: We will also live like King Jesus wants us to live and be kind to others. Long live the King! (THE END)
Scripture Memory Verse: …David said to him, “For I will surely show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan. I will restore to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will always eat at my table.” (II Samuel 9:7)
Say: Let’s read our memory verse together. As we read the verse each time I will erase 1-2 words and we will repeat it again with those words erased. We will do this several times until all the words are erased from the board. Then, we will see how many can say it together with the verse completely erased from the board.
Craft: Kindness Fruit Basket. Make a kindness basket of fruit. On each fruit write words of kindness to a friend (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, mercy, thankfulness) and give to them this week. Color the fruit and place on cardstock. Allow each child to make several to fit into the basket.
Link for Basket: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.phonics.net.au/images/easter-basket-craft12.jpg&imgrefurl=http://lxixixl.com/keyword/basket%2520craft%2520for%2520kids/&h=1754&w=1240&sz=80&tbnid=NusS9O8H_U83VM:&tbnh=150&tbnw=106&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbasket%2Bcraft&zoom=1&q=basket+craft&usg=__qSEn7L3wVW3PqqRaLDaFSZQOMDg=&sa=X&ei=PJwXTeHzDML7lwfy0NT8Cw&ved=0CDIQ9QEwBg
Link for Fruit: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://dev.texshare.edu/ld/projects/trc/2004/manual/internal_chapters/images/patterns/T_Pattern_Fruit.jpg&imgrefurl=http://thatparentplace.com/2008/09/12/craft-projects-a-cornucopia-of thanks/&h=312&w=422&sz=32&tbnid=16G3hfiMVsjPYM:&tbnh=93&tbnw=126&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfruit%2Bcraft&zoom=1&q=fruit+craft&usg=__Sa0YDgMfBbuXUM7Ldi6S8WD0ud4=&sa=X&ei=a5wXTeyzB4O8lQfr9MSmDA&ved=0CC8Q9QEwAw
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