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?
Can you find the goats ignoring them?
Do you see the sheep meeting their needs?
What do you think the pictures are trying to teach you about the Kingdom of God?
The big idea of a sheep and goats poster came from these verses. We hope today’s lesson is especially fun.
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.
Read Matthew 25:31-46 again:
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.