This free one year kid’s devotional study thru the Bible is designed to hit the highlights, provide practical application and requires no preparation. If you have a little more time, I encourage you to read the whole section of scripture (John 11 ) while we focus in on just a few verses in 5 minutes.
Background: The apostle John focuses on certain events that no other gospel writer’s write about (the encounter with Nicodemus, the Samaritan womant at the well, the man born blind, raising of Lazarus) for the purpose of proving that Jesus is in fact the Son of God.
Because of Jesus’ dependence upon God, He had authority over everything here on earth. Everything in creation had to obey Him, even death…
Ask the children…
When Jesus was criticized for not being there before Lazarus died because if He had been there He could have healed Lazarus, what did Jesus say?
“Jesus responded, ‘Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?’” (John 11:40)
What did Jesus say to the dead Lazarus and what happened?
“Then Jesus shouted, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ 44 And the dead man came out, his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth!” (John 11:43, 44)
Jesus showed that even death had to obey His authority when He spoke to it and Lazarus was made alive. And this gave glory to God because no one had this authority except God who is the giver of life.
Ask your children to read Matthew 28:18-20 What did Jesus say about this authority and who did He give it to? Jesus gave to His disciples this same authority. Us! Now what are we going to do with it? You see the biggest problem most of us have in our christian lives today is that we don’t understand the authority we have been given and therefore don’t use it as Jesus intended. Ask God to reveal your authority to you and then how to use it.
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