Crown Him Lord…on the last Sunday of the “church calendar” year, we celebrate that Jesus Christ is the King. This may not be a widely honored holiday, but is a special time to remember that Jesus rules over all things, and that we want to put God first in our lives. Jesus came to lead as a humble servant. He continues to lead us and should be made authority over our hearts.
The passage for these lessons is Jesus before Pilate in John 18:33-37. Download the following printable lesson plans and teaching activities.
Children’s Sermon Lesson
Jesus did a lot of remarkable things and fulfilled many roles while on Earth. He continues to hold tremendous power and authority over all things, especially our lives. This message considers some of the titles that describe Jesus, such as Good Shepherd, bread of life, and Lamb of God. Most importantly, though, Jesus is the king. He is God made flesh, ruling not over an Earthly kingdom but an eternal one. It’s important to remind children that Jesus is more powerful and magnificent than any royalty we can imagine.
Bible Craft Demonstration
The final week in the “Church Calendar” celebrates that Jesus is the king, not of an Earthly kingdom, but of Heaven and our lives. These crafts honor Christ as King, as well as the “New Year” joy of the church. A homemade “party cracker” and “pinata” celebrate the new church year, and a crown recalls our Savior and King.
Bible Story Video: Jesus is Our King
Bible Verses/story to Reference: John 18:33-37 ESV
So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” –John 18:33-37