Saturday, November 24, 2012

Children's Sermon: Christ Our King

Christ Our King Sunday
November 25, 2012

Children's Message: "What Kind of a King?"

I would like for us to use our imagination for a few moments today. Don't answer out loud just yet, but I want you to think about these questions:
  • What kind of a person do you picture in your imagination when I say the word, "KING" or "QUEEN"? 
  • What kind of a place is a "KINGDOM"?

Before we talk about this together, I want you to try hard to think about kings and queens and kingdoms.

(pause for a few moments)

Now let me ask you what you thought about.
  • What kind of a house does a king or queen live in?
  • What kind of clothes does a king or queen wear?
  • What kinds of things does a king or queen do?
  • What should you do when a king or queen comes into the room? How should you act when you are with them?

(discuss with children)

I see we all have some ideas in our minds about what a king or queen is like. Now, what if I were to tell you about a king:
  • Who didn't even have a house in which to live?
  • Who didn't wear fancy clothes?
  • Who didn't have servants to do things for him?
  • Who spoke but people didn't listen or show him respect?
  • Who didn't hang around with the rich and important people, but liked to spend time with ordinary folks like you and me?
  • Who didn't act like a boss, telling other people what to do, but served them and even went so far as to lay down his life so they might know God's love?

The Bible tells us that is exactly the kind of king Jesus is! It's a very different kind of king than most people imagine, but that's who he is. He became that kind of king because he knows it is the only way we can become the kind of people God made us to be, and it's the only way that our world can become a place where people trust in God and love and help each other.

So let's give thanks for Jesus the king, who loves us and welcomes us into God's kingdom. 
Lord Jesus, thank you for being such a wonderful king who loves us and brings us into God's kingdom. Lead us each day so that others may see your kingdom love in us. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.

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