Sunday School at Home for November 20 2022

Christ the King

Theme: Jesus Christ is King.
Scripture: Luke 23:33-43
Complete Supply List:
● Chalkboard or whiteboard
● Chalk or dry erase markers
● Butcher paper
● Markers
● “Christ the King” video lesson
● Something to play the video
● Bagels - 1/2 per child
● Nutella or other spread
● Plastic knives
● Paper towels
● Toothpicks
● Modeling dough
● Cardstock
● Markers

The Children’s Sermon
You’ll Need:
● Chalkboard or whiteboard
● Chalk or dry erase markers
● Butcher paper
● Markers
Get Ready: Draw a large crown on the chalkboard or whiteboard. Write “I chose
Jesus to be my King,” inside the crown. Ensure this is at a height kids can reach. Draw
a large cross on the butcher paper and hang it on the wall opposite the crown.
Because children will be walking backward from the cross to the crown, estimate the
size of steps or hops kids will need to take to get there in about 10 steps or hops. You’ll
use the crown again in the Interactive Bible Experience and you’ll need enough space
for each child to draw on the board; so use butcher paper, if you have an extra large
group.

Do This:
Gather kids near the cross you drew.
SAY: Today I’m going to tell you about a king that some thought of as a Backward
King. Who is a King you know that might be called a backward King? (Invite kids to
guess, and have the first child who says “Jesus,” explain why he or she answered that
way and then write “Jesus” on the cross.)
Let’s think of why people may have thought of Jesus that way. When I stop and
point at you, you’ll step or hop backward and say, “That’s backward!” Ready?
A long time ago, there lived a King. He was no ordinary king. He was a Backward
King. He was different from other kings because He did everything backward from
the way other kings did them. (Stop and have kids take a step or hop backward and
say, “That’s backward!”)
From the very day He was born, you could tell that this king was different. Most
kings are usually born in a palace, but this king was born in a stable surrounded by
donkeys, sheep, and cows. (Stop and have kids take a step or hop backward and say,
“That’s backward!”)
It wasn't a very big beginning for a king. In fact, very few people even knew that a
king had been born. Only a handful of shepherds and three wise men got the word
that a king had been born. (Stop and have kids take a step or hop backward and say,
“That’s backward!”)
As the infant king grew into a man, He continued to be different from other kings.
While most kings spent all of their time building up riches of gold and jewels, this
king owned nothing at all. (Stop and have kids take a step or hop backward and say,
“That’s backward!”)
And while most kings surrounded themselves with servants, He chose to be a
servant. He could often be found helping others. (Stop and have kids take a step or
hop backward and say, “That’s backward!”)
As time went on, people became very unhappy with their King because He just
didn't act the way they thought a king should act. Instead of riding into town on a
big white horse the way other kings usually did, their king rode into town on the
back of a donkey. Was that any way for a king to act? (Stop and have kids take a
step or hop backward and say, “That’s backward!”)
And the people He chose to be his friends! His closest friends were a bunch of
smelly fishermen and He could often be seen visiting with the poor and eating with
sinners. (Stop and have kids take a step or hop backward and say, “That’s backward!”)
Finally the people decided that they had put up with this King long enough. If He
couldn't act the way a king should act, then they didn't want Him to be their king
any more. They made a plan to have Him arrested and thrown into prison. (Stop and
have kids take a step or hop backward and say, “That’s backward!”)
Their plan worked. When the day came for his trial, the King stood before the
people. Instead of shouting "Hail to the King, Long live the King!" they shouted,
"Crucify Him! He is not our king! Crucify Him!" (Stop and have kids take a step or hop
backward and say, “That’s backward!”)
So they crucified the King. (Point to the cross that kids started near and are moving
away from.) They nailed Him to a cross; they put a crown made of thorns on His
head; they poked Him with sharp sticks and made fun of Him. What a way for a
king to die! After He was crucified, they took His body and put it in a borrowed
tomb. (Stop and have kids take a step or hop backward and say, “That’s backward!)
But that isn't the end of the story. Remember...this Backward King was different!
This King rose from the grave to live forever. (Have kids turn and face the crown.)
Now, instead of being the Backward King, He is the Forever King. He is the King to
anyone who chooses Him to be their King. We call Him King Jesus! (Read aloud the
words on the crown.)
Jesus wants to be your king too, and if you choose Him to be your king, you will
live in heaven with Him forever! (Invite kids to write their names inside the crown if
they want Jesus to be their king.)

PRAY: Jesus, today we crown you King and Lord of our life. In Your name, amen.

Video Lesson
You’ll Need:
● “Christ the King” video lesson
● Something to play the video
Do This:
Show the video.


ASK:
● Do you think Sam should be the king of Freedonia? Why or why not?
● If you were a king or queen, what would you do?
● What makes Jesus a different kind of king?

Jesus’ Crown Snack
You’ll Need:
● Bagels - 1/2 per child
● Nutella or other spread
● Plastic knives
● Paper towels

Do This:
Follow these steps for the snack:
● Say: Jesus Christ is King of the whole world, and he proved that when He
died on the cross and rose again for the forgiveness of our sins. But when
He was on the cross, He didn’t wear a crown with jewels. The Bible says
people made Him a crown of thorns.
● Give each child a bagel.
● Have kids spread the Nutella on their bagels, and use the knives to make lines
in different directions so it’s like a crown of thorns.
● Enjoy.
ASK:
● Jesus is the greatest King ever. Why do you think He suffered so much so
we could be forgiven?
SAY: Jesus loved us so much that He died on the cross for us. He’s the best King
ever.

A Crown of Thorns
You’ll Need:
● Toothpicks
● Modeling dough
● Cardstock
● Markers
Do This:
To make the craft, have kids follow these steps:
 Say: Today we learned Jesus Christ is King, but when He was hung on the
cross, the people made Him wear a crown out of thorns. Let’s make crowns
like that to remind us that Jesus is a different king. He’s the King who died
and rose again so we can live forever.
● Give kids a bunch of toothpicks, cardstock, and a ball of modeling dough.
● Have kids roll their modeling dough into two long ropes.
● Twist the ropes together and then form them into a circle “wreath.”
● Gently press the circle onto their cardstock.
● Have kids add toothpick “thorns” around the modeling dough wreath.
● Have kids write “Jesus Christ is King,” on their cardstock.
SAY: When Jesus was on the cross, some people made Him a crown of thorns to
mock Him. But Jesus showed He is the King of the world when He conquered
death. Keep your crown of thorns as a reminder that Jesus is your King, and He
loved you so much that He died for your sins.
 

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