[QT's with Jessica] - John 1:35-John 2

My Summer time Bible Readings with 11 year old Jessica.

John 1:35-42

J - Why did he call Simon Cephas?

Later He said "on this rock I will build my Chucho" and Peter helped start the first Church of Christians.

John 1:43-51

What do you think Jesus is doing with all these people?

J - I don't know

Do you think it sounds like he's getting ready to do something important?

J - Yes.

He's getting ready to start his ministry of teaching people about God, so he needs helpers. Why do you think he needs helpers?

J - Maybe so they can become disciples and they will go to heaven when they die and be with him.

But that's not why he would need a helper.

J - Oh, but that's what was on my mind. Maybe because there are a lot of people and then he can have more than one to preach at different places.

OK, that's a possibility. I think it's so when he went back to heaven they could keep on teaching and teach others to do it too. The story of Jesus has been told my men for about 2000 years since he died on the cross.

John 2:1-11

This is one of my favorite miracle stories. What do you think of it?

J - I don't know what I think

Do you know how much a gallon is?

J - Like a milk jug

Yes, 20-30 of these.

J - We don't have room in our 'fridge for that!

Do you want to know why I like this story?

J - Yes.

Jesus said to his mom that it wasn't his time, do you know why?

J - No.

I think he means it wasn't time from him to start his ministry & start doing miracles to show people who he was. But his Mom sort of makes get involved, right?

J - Yes

What does Jesus do?

J - He turns the water into wine.

So Jesus, who was God and ruler over everything, changed his plans and obeyed his mom. He was a son on earth so he had to do what a son would do.

You should remember that. :-)

John 2:12-24

J - What does is mean in John 2:17 when it says "My great love for your house will destroy me."?

It's kinda like saying his love for God's temple will drive him crazy. It's a way of saying how much he cares for gods house.

J - So there were sheep and cattle in it?

Yes

J - I don't think we'd put sheep and cattle in the school [we have Church in a middle school].

But we do bring things to church that distract us from God sometimes, and not just toys and stuff. Sometimes we bring distractions in our mind that keep us from understanding what is taught at church.

What if we knocked the school down (John 2:19), could we put it up in 3 days?

J - Nope and I don't think they'd like it if we knocked it down.

The Jews didn't like the sound of it either and wondered Jesus was up to.

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I think your on to something here in more ways than one. The one for me is that it's a lot of fun to read about scriptures when you include the childs response. When the Bible talks about having the heart of a child maybe God gave us a desire down in that makes us want to listen to children in this way. Just pondering.



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