Jesus is the Hungry Thirsty Stranger Unclothed Sick and Prisoner – Day 11

Day 11
Matthew 25:31-46

Step One - Observe

Can you find Jesus as a hungry goat, thirsty goat, a sheep in need of clothes, a sick fox, a goat as a stranger and a goat as a prisoner?

A goat Jesus asking for food because he is hungry
A goat Jesus asking for water because he is thirsty
Sheep inviting a strange goat who is Jesus in
Sheep who is Jesus without clothes
Fox who is sick
Sheep visiting a goat in prison

Can you find the goats ignoring them?

Goat eating celery while he ignores Jesus who is hungry
Goat drinking water
Goat on a phone

Do you see the sheep meeting their needs?

Sheep carrying food
Sheep carrying water
Sheep carrying wool clothes
Sheep doctor

What do you think the pictures are trying to teach you about the Kingdom of God?

Step Two - Learn

Matthew 25:31-46

Click Here to read Matthew 25:31-46.

The big idea of a sheep and goats poster came from these verses. We hope today’s lesson is especially fun. 

  • What one word or idea stood out to you and why?
  • What do you think Jesus is teaching about the Kingdom of God/Heaven?
  • Who are some famous people with a secret identity? Batman. Spiderman. Who is there other identity? Bruce Wane. Peter Parker.
  • Name the six secret identities Jesus is ‘wearing’ in these verses? (NOTE: hungry, thirsty, stranger, those that need clothes, sick and prisoners)
  • If Jesus was sitting in your group right now, what would you do? 
  • What would you ask Him?
  • How would you treat Him?
  • How much time would you want to spend with Him? 
  • Where would He sit in your group?

Jesus is ‘wearing’ a type of secret identity in the world today. Instead of a superhero, Jesus wears the mask of someone who is hungry, thirsty, a stranger, someone who needs clothes, or is sick or is in prison. In the Kingdom of God we should view these six types of people as superheroes. If Spiderman or Batman walked in the room you would probably want to talk with them. What types of questions would you ask them? “What’s it like to swing on your webs?” “How does it feel to be so strong?” “What is the heaviest thing you have ever lifted?” 

Likewise, we should have a string of questions for people who are hungry or thirsty. A homeless person is not someone to be avoided. They are a superhero in the Kingdom of God and we should want to feed and clothe them. We should want to be with them and learn from them. Just like you would want to spend time with Jesus or a superhero because Jesus says he is those people. We need to be safe around people we don’t know, so always make sure an adult you trust is with you, but being around poor and needy people is like being around Jesus. 

Step Three - Pray

Read Matthew 25:31-46 again: 

  • How are you different after reading these verses? 

Dear Jesus, please help me to see the hungry, thirsty, strangers, naked, sick and prisoners as You. Please for give me for overlooking you in the past and help me be excited to see You in these types of people in the future. I can wait to see You, Jesus! Amen. 

The Upside Down Kingdom - Day 11

Upside Down Kingdom of God - Day 11