The Baptism of Jesus - January 10, 2021

Bible Study “The Baptism of Jesus”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Opening Prayer: Thank you for the stories we will have in this season of Epiphany. And thank you for being with me today. Amen.

 

Epiphany starts on January 6.  Epiphany means several things: a gift is received; the gift must be shared. Jesus appears to be suggesting a rhythm, a balance to our lives. We go inward to be with God, to receive; we go out in the world to share what we have been given – still with God. We are called to balance the pouring out of our love with the resting in God. We are called to heal by just showing up, by laying on hands, by sharing what we have. This good news that was for the few people who heard it up close and personal is ours because they reached out and shared it. It will belong to those who have not yet heard, if we accept our call to share the story by how we live out our lives and as St. Francis said, “with words, if necessary.”

 

Questions:

 Do you know when you were baptized?

 Who are your godparents? 

 

The baby Jesus is now a man; a man beginning his ministry. Perhaps he is still trying to sort out in his mind what he is being called to do. He looks for validation and turns to his cousin, John. John, meanwhile, has been faithfully calling people to prepare, turn around, and start over. He is pretty sure he will recognize Jesus, but he has not yet met him. When Jesus shows up, John goes into the water with him to baptize him, and both of them hear a voice from heaven. Jesus now knows he will be able to figure out what it is that he is being called to do.

Our theme for today is "Receiving the Gift and Offering the Gift." Be looking for signs of this theme in our story from the Bible. Today's reading is Mark 1:4-11, but we will focus on only the verses 9 - 11. Read the passage, with each part read by a different child. When you get to the voice of God, read it together.

Please open your Bibles to Mark 1:4-11 and read or read the scriptures below. 

 

Mark 1:4-11

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with[a] water, but he will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

 

Reflection Questions:

  • What do you think it was like for John to baptize Jesus, his cousin?
  • What was like for Jesus to be baptized.
  • Why we do baptisms in our church and why it is usually babies who get baptized?
  • Have you been to a baptism at our church?  Do you remember anything that happened?
  • Who usually does the baptisms?
  • Where do the baptisms take place?
  • What is a godmother or godfather?
  • What does baptisms tell us about being people of God?

 

 Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

John The Baptist & Jesus’ Baptism - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KLjkqnaYNoM

 

The Bible Miniseries – John the Baptist - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9NgHAy-0yM

 

The place where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Qasr el Yahud, Israel -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLTpEy-MeZc

 

Activities

Bible Quiz: 

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1823229/the-baptism-of-jesus/

 

Sealed by the Holy Spirit: click on Baptismal Covenant and the ELCA Faith Practices and read “marked with the cross of Christ and sealed by the Spirit and add your name.”  What does the disciple’s life look like.  Then read Affirm your Holy Baptism.  Review the 7 Faith Practices and write on a sheet of paper what you are doing to live out the Faith Practices

 

Gifts: The theme for the season of Epiphany is "Receiving the Gift and Offering the Gift." What do we think this means? (Perhaps you are familiar with the concept: "Pay it Forward", which was a book and then a movie you might have seen.) You may have seen the bumper sticker that invites people to practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of generosity. Let's see if we can figure out things we could do to make something better or someone happier – and do it secretly. Could we do these things in ways so no one will know? (Example: get a big trash bag and pick up junk at the park and toss the bag in the trash. Help your neighbor when snow needs to be scooped.)  Use newsprint and list ideas and then share it with family members.

 

 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank you that by water and the Holy Spirit you have bestowed upon us your servants the forgiveness of sin, and have raised us to the new life of grace. Sustain us, O Lord, in your Holy Spirit. Give us an inquiring and discerning heart, the courage to will and to persevere, a spirit to know and to love you, and the gift of joy and wonder in all your works. Amen.