Denise Day Spencer

March 8, 2007

Children’s sermon: Last things–Jesus’ return

Filed under: Children's sermons — denisedayspencer @ 7:29 pm

Another children’s object lesson based on the doctrinal summaries in the Disciple’s Study Bible.

SCRIPTURES: Acts 1:11, Revelation 22:20

OBJECT: an airplane or bus ticket

I want you to think with me today about the life of Jesus. You probably know about how Jesus was born, grew up, preached and did miracles, died and came back to life. Does anyone know what happened next? How did Jesus finally get back to heaven? That’s right; He just went up into heaven as His disciples were watching.

Then, as they stood there just staring up, totally amazed, two angels suddenly appeared. Listen to what the angels said: “Why do you stand here looking up into the sky?” Well, I would certainly be looking into the sky, wouldn’t you? But the angels said, “This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.” Wow. That’s quite a promise!

I’ve got a (plane/bus) ticket with me today. When you order travel tickets, you can either get a one-way ticket or a two-way ticket. One-way means you’re just paying to get somewhere. Two-way means you’re paying to go somewhere and come back. The angels were telling the disciples that Jesus had a two-way ticket to heaven. He was going to come back again.

Different people have different attitudes about this promise. Some don’t believe it’s even true. Others just don’t care. But Christians look forward to that day with excitement.

You see, Jesus is coming back to finish what He started when He was here the first time. Remember how the Wise Men worshiped Him as a king? When Jesus preached, He talked about the kingdom of God. And when He died, they put a sign over His head that called Him “the king of the Jews.” When He comes back again, Jesus will have complete rule over all of creation. Finally, all people everywhere will know that He truly is King.

I want to share one more verse with you today. Revelation 22:20 says, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming soon.'” Now listen to this part: “Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.” Isn’t that beautiful? Jesus always keeps His promises, and He will come again. We can look forward to it and say with John, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

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