Background: Mark writes to involve the reader in the intensity of the miraculous life of Christ. He focuses more on what Jesus does than what He says, especially His service and sacrifice.
Jesus loved to tell His disciples how the kingdom of God was not like any earthly kingdom.
Ask the children…
What did Jesus compare the kingdom of God to?
“Jesus said, ‘How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to illustrate it? 31 It is like a mustard seed planted in the ground. It is the smallest of all seeds,'” (Mark 4:30, 31)
What happens after the kingdom begins small?
“but it becomes the largest of all garden plants; it grows long branches, and birds can make nests in its shade.” (Mark 4:32)
Jesus wanted to encourage His followers that even starting small in the kingdom could become big in the hands of God.
Ask your children what they are doing that seems like a small activity in the kingdom? Talk to them about how God can expand that one little think into something powerful.
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