Mark 1:1-8, Luke 3:1-3
Theme: Naughty and Nice (Sinner and Saint)
Materials: candy cane
Today’s Bible lesson tells us how John the Baptist went throughout the countryside telling people about God. What he told the people reminds me of some words of a song you might know. “He’s making a list, checking it twice, gonna find out who’s naughty and nice.” Who’s making the list? (Santa) Who’s naughty? What do we do that is naughty? What do we do that is nice?
John the Baptist told the people, “turn away from being naughty.” A special person is coming who will erase your “naughty”. Who do you think that is? (Jesus)
When I hold this candy cane upside down, what letter does it make? (J) Yes, and it is the first letter in whose name? (Jesus) The candy cane has 2 colors. What are they? (red, white)
The red reminds us of Jesus’ blood and how he died on the cross to take away our “naughty”. The white is the color that reminds us of being clean and pure, like being “nice”.
So, because of Jesus, who is on the “nice” list? (all of us) Isn’t that cool? Here is a candy cane for each of you to help you remember that you are on the “nice” list.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, we are sorry for our naughty behaviors. We are so thankful that you forgive us and make us clean. May we celebrate that because of Jesus we are on the “nice” list. Praise God! Amen.