GOD’S BIG PLAN - LESSON 32/Page 1
Let’s review what we have learned so far. (Review the previous stories, focusing on the
ones that specifically point to Christ’s birth. Encourage more and more students to share.)
What is your church like? Is it big or small? Does it have a steeple, is it a school auditorium, or do
you meet in someone’s house or apartment? People meet in lots of different places.
How do you normally act at church? Do you come in, ready to learn or is it just another place you go
to have something to do? Do you run and jump and shout or are you respectful of the place God has given
you to learn about Him? Can you think back to the temples, or churches, that we have talked about in some
of our other lessons? What do you remember about them? They were pretty special places, weren’t they?
It’s where the people offered the blood of animals as a sacrifice for the wrong things they had done, their sin.
How many temples can you remember? (Two.) Who built the first temple? (King David’s son, Solomon.)
There, God lived among His people in the form of a cloud. That temple was destroyed and the people were
taken captive. When the Israelites went back to Jerusalem, they built the second temple. But that temple
had also been destroyed. So how was there a temple during the time of Jesus? Well, the Roman Empire
made Herod king. King Herod wanted the Israelites to obey him, so he made them happy by building them a
new temple, the third one. Let’s see what they were doing there one day when Jesus visited the temple.
READ: John 2:12-14 (Hold your Bible open throughout the story.)
It was almost time to celebrate the Passover again and just as the boy Jesus had celebrated the
Passover in Jerusalem every year with His parents, so He continued as an adult. So, Jesus went from the
town of Capernaum, where He had spent time with His family and His disciples, to Jerusalem. While He was
there, Jesus went to the temple. As Jesus walked around, He found peopl