It’s time to add the next 5 words of our memory verse! Are you keeping up?? I hope and pray this verse is sinking deep into your heart. If someone asks you who Jesus is, here’s your answer …
8 He is the image of the invisible God,
5 the firstborn over all creation.
7 For all things were created by Him,
5 in heaven and on earth,
5 the visible and the invisible,
Some of you are number people, so it may help you to think of each phrase (line) as the number of words in the line.
Me? Numbers don’t do much for me. I’m all about pictures – so I think of this line as this – things we can see and things we can’t. Isn’t that comforting? We mistakenly think we’re in control so much of the time. But there are things around us we can’t even see. That’s kinda creepy if you really think about it. How on earth can we have control over them if we can’t even see them? But Jesus can see them. And He controls them – because he created them and is ruler over them. And He loves us. So we’re okay. Because He’s got the whole world in His hands.
I hope you had a chance to look at the overview of the scripture we’ll be teaching during VBS. If not, the link is in the last blog post.
I love the Bible content for this year. We cover God’s whole story of redemption …
Day 1: The Relationship Began – The story of creation
Day 2: The Relationship Broken – The story of the fall of man
Day 3: The Restoration Promised – Jesus is born
Day 4: The Relationship Restored – Jesus dies for our sins and comes back to life!
Day 5: The Relationship Continues – We fail but Jesus never leaves us!
Today I’m sharing Day 1’s devotion with you … but don’t wait until Day 1 of VBS to read it. Read it now … so it starts to sink in …
Day 1: THE GOD WHO CREATED EVERYTHING WANTS A RELATIONSHIP WITH US.
Read this: Genesis 1:1-2, Genesis 1:26-31, John 1:1, 14
Back in the 1500’s, Nicholas Copernicus caused a planetary stir when his careful observations of the night sky led him to conclude that the center of our solar system was the sun, rather than the earth itself. Copernicus was humbled, awed, and intensely curious about “the world which has been built for us by the Best and Most Orderly Workman of all”.
Today’s Bible passage intentionally skips over the bulk of Genesis 1. Why? By shifting the focus from what God created on Day 4 (Gamma Crucis, the closest red giant star to Earth) or Day 6 (kittens), kids can zoom in on the idea that God created the universe for them! You can emphasize that people have been created in God’s image. God gave us the ability to ponder, to create, to investigate, and to celebrate … and the option to do those things with or without a relationship with Him.
God’s words in Genesis 1:26 and the lyrical words of John 1:1 further emphasize that nothing about creation was an accident. Jesus was with God – and was God – from the moment He released the first dazzling burst of light. Best of all, the Creator came to live in the world He created. The term John used in John 1:14 for “dwelt” or “took up residence” conveys the idea of God’s presence filling the tabernacle, and is used nowhere else in the Bible – a fitting description of His “one-of-a-kindness!”
It’s 93 million miles to the sun – one astronomical unit. The distance to the end of our solar system is more than 120 of those astronomical units! The sheer size of the universe should make us catch our breath. But the most breathtaking truth this Bible study should communicate to kids is that God created them, cares for them, and loves them far more than anything in the galaxy!
Above and Beyond
VBS isn’t just for kids – it’s for you, too! Consider these questions as you prepare to teach:
- People are God’s most precious creation. When was the last time you were reminded how much He loves you? What triggered that reminder?
- Every human is created in God’s image. How should that truth affect the way you treat every human – especially the hard-to-love ones?
Ponder this … and share your comments or thoughts with the rest of us.
What stands out to you?
What do these scriptures tell you about who God is?
Until next time …