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"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up" Deuteronomy 6:5-7 (NIV).
Father, give the younger son half your money.
Narrator: The younger son decided he didn't want to live with his father, so he took the money and ran off to a distant land.
Take the money and run away, Younger Son.
Narrator: While he was away, the younger son got into all kinds of trouble and spent all the money his father had given him doing all sorts of bad things. Now he was broke and tired and hungry!
Look broke and tired and hungry, Younger Son.
Narrator: The younger son decided to find a job, but the only job he could find was feeding pigs.
Say, "Yuk!", Younger Son.
Narrator: Eventually the younger son got so hungry that even the pig's food started to look good to him!
Go back to your father and beg his forgiveness on your knees, Younger Son.
The rest of this script is included in our Bible lesson plans, the BE-Attitudes for Kids.
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Choose one child, or an adult (such as your pastor), to be the King. Ask the children, "What does a king wear?" (Listen for answers. As the children name various items such as a robe or cape, crown, scepter, etc. have these kinds of accessories available for them to dress the "king.")
Point to the "king" and say, "If I told you this is the King of kings, what do you think that would mean?" (Receive answers.) It would mean that this king is above all other kings in the world. No one would be greater than he. It would mean that his subjects, his people, his servants, would all obey him and follow all of his commands.
In the Bible Jesus is given many royal names. The Bible says, (write verse on board) ". . . he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers" Revelation 17:14. Jesus is above all lords, princes, and kings. (Now ask for volunteers to be the servants. Have them kneel before the "king.") How would these servants know what the king wants them to do or how they should behave? (Listen to answers.) He would have to tell them. They would have to listen. How can we know what Jesus, the King of kings, wants us to do? Yes, read the Bible, come to church, pay attention to the lesson, and talk to him/pray. And most importantly, obey him. We can ask for his help too. In fact, he wants us to ask for help! The Bible says, "Call on me and I will show you great and mighty things that you do not know" Jeremiah 33:3. That verse has even been called God's phone number. Prayer is our direct line to God! The King of kings calls us to obey him, and when we do, he gives us the name, faithful followers.
The Bible also calls Jesus the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6). How is Jesus the Prince of
peace? (Receive answers.) The Bible says apart from Jesus, we are enemies of God. If
Jesus isn't living in you, if he's not your Savior and Forever Friend, then you are
considered an enemy of God (Romans 5:10)! Only Jesus, the Prince of Peace, can
make peace with God for us!
Teach the children in your ministry about God's names in Scripture.
After the Game Discussion
Have the children sit around the throne/cross. Ask, "Do you see your crown?" We had
a lot of fun getting our crowns to the throne. Someday, if you are a child of the KING,
you will have a real crown to place before God's throne. But, this will not happen for
everyone. Only those children and adults who have asked Jesus to be their KING, their
Savior, will be able to go to Heaven. If you've never asked Jesus to be part of your life,
to be your KING, you can ask him now.
Dear Jesus, thank you that you are the King of kings, and the Lord of lords. Thank you
for giving the Crown of Life to those who follow you.