January 8, 2012: Matthew 4:12-17, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · January 2, 2012
Audio length: 2:58
Our Lord Jesus Christ was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. John was a very holy man. He preached, “Repent! For the Kingdom of God is near!”
He was not afraid to tell people who were sinning that they were doing wrong. One time, he told King Herod that he was breaking God’s rules. King Herod was not happy. He had John put in jail.
When Jesus heard that John had been put in jail, he left Nazareth. He went to Galilee. The Gentiles (people who are not Jewish) lived in Galilee. Jesus began to live there with the Gentiles.
Many years before, the prophet Isaiah had said that in Galilee of the Gentiles, “the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light.” This prophecy came true when Jesus, the Light of the World, went to Galilee. Then, the Gentiles could learn about Him.
In Galilee, Jesus began to teach people about God. His preaching sounded a lot like John’s. Only, Jesus said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of God is here!”
When John told King Herod that he was sinning, where did Herod send him?
When Jesus heard about it, where did He go?
What did the prophet Isaiah say the Gentile people have seen? Who was he talking about?
Have you ever been in a dark place? Did you like it? Would it be better if you had a flashlight?
Jesus is the Light of the World. We can pray and ask Jesus to help us see how to be close to God.