Sunday Morning 9/5: Unit 36, Session 1: John’s Vision of Jesus

The apostle John wrote the Book of Revelation from the island of Patmos. Patmos was a small Greek island where the Roman emperor often exiled prisoners. John was likely sent to Patmos as a prisoner, arrested for preaching the gospel.

With this session, introduce your kids to the Book of Revelation—the last book of the Bible. Other Bible books tell us about things that happened in the past, but Revelation tells about things that will happen in the future. A glimpse of the future kingdom of God gives believers hope and encourages them to remain faithful to Christ.

In Revelation 1, Jesus appeared to John in a vision to tell about the end of time. John was on the island of Patmos when he heard a voice telling him to write what he saw. John turned and, in a vision, saw Jesus: He was wearing a long robe with a gold sash wrapped around His chest. His head and hair were as white as snow, and His eyes were like a fiery flame. Because the Book of Revelation is highly symbolic, avoid dwelling on the physical description of Jesus. Jesus’ appearance to John reveals what Jesus is like: worthy of all honor, powerful, and victorious. 

John saw Jesus walking among seven lampstands, symbols for seven churches. Explain to the boys and girls you teach that lampstands are used to bring light into dark places. That is the purpose of the church—to bring the light of the gospel into a dark world.

When John saw Jesus, he fell at Jesus’ feet. Jesus reached down and put His hand on John. He said, “Don’t be afraid” (Rev. 1:17). Jesus showed Himself to John and explained that He is the First and the Last, the Living One. While Jesus was on earth, He defeated sin and death by dying on the cross and coming back to life. Now Jesus is lifted up in glory and honor forever and ever.

FAMILY STARTING POINTS 

  • Babies and Toddlers
    • Everyone who trusts in Jesus will live with Him forever.
    • John saw a vision of Jesus.
    • Jesus told John to write down a special message.
    • Jesus is alive forever.
    • The church waits for Jesus to come back.
  • Preschool
    • Jesus showed Himself to John.
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.
  • Kids
    • Jesus appeared to John in a vision. 
    • What is the hope of the church? The church looks forward to Jesus’ return when He will make all things new.

UNIT KEY PASSAGE

  • Revelation 11:15

NEXT WEEK 

  • “Letters to the Seven Churches” (Revelation 2–3)

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