Scripture: Matthew 3, Mark 1:1-12, Luke 3 and John 1:1-34
- Students will learn John the Baptist prepared the people to hear Jesus’ message.
- Students will learn John the Baptist fulfilled a prophecy in the Old Testament.
- Students will learn Jesus modeled baptism for us as submission to the will of God, even though he had no sins that needed forgiving.
- Students will learn about insects and other foods that provide protein.
Guiding Question: How did Jesus serve as an example for us?
Materials: Internet access, paper, pencils
Procedure: Review the story of John’s ministry and Jesus’ baptism from the scriptures above. Explain that Jesus was perfect yet He modeled baptism for us because He wanted us to know how we could receive forgiveness for our sins and become Christians. Jesus’ baptism was also a prophecy from the Old Testament that John the Baptist helped to fulfill. The fulfilled prophecy was another way for people to learn about Jesus and want to become Christians.
Introduce the activity. Remind the students that John the Baptist ate locusts and honey. Have the students research what insects are edible in their area. Discuss any safety procedures and/or possible diseases from eating them and what the better food options are for protein.
Additional Questions: How is food used in other parts of the world?
Supplemental Activity: Have students research about people in other parts of the world that eat different foods than we do and how they survive on food we would not normally eat.