July 2011

Who is Jesus?

Summer not only brings warmth, but it also gives a gift of extra time for families to recover from the busyness of school demands, to reconnect as a family, and to talk about Jesus. Here’s an idea to try this summer.

When Jesus wanted to describe himself to his disciples and followers, he painted pictures with his words. John recorded them in his gospel. They are known as the “I Am…” statements. Why not, as a family, use these statements to learn more about the character of our Savior. Here are the pictures Jesus used to describe himself:

I am the Bread of Life. (John 6:35)

I am the Light of the World. (John 8: 12)

I am the Gate for the sheep. (John 10:7)

I am the Good Shepherd. (John 10: 11)

I am the Resurrection and the Life. (John 11: 25)

I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)

I am the Vine, and you are the branches. (John 15:5)

With younger children, create a book of pictures using these sentences to tell about Jesus. With older children, talk about the meaning behind each word picture and discuss the applications of each description for us. Personalize Jesus’ statements by telling your own faith stories of how you have experienced Jesus’ power or his gentleness or his leading. Challenge each other to memorize these Bible verses. Enjoy summer while learning and experiencing Jesus!

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