Friday, September 12, 2014

He Sent His Son (CS p. 34)

Do you remember "Show and Tell"?  What kinds of things did you want to show and tell your friends about?  Were they things that were important to you?

This is a song about Heavenly Father wanting to show and tell certain things.  WHO do you think He wants to be listening and watching?  The world!  He loves everyone; we are all His children.  So he wants the whole world to know these things.  They must be very important.

As I sing the first line, listen for two things Heavenly Father wants to tell us.

"How could the Father tell the world of love and tenderness?" (write the words or post picture)

Now listen for something he wants to show us.

"How could the Father show the world the pathway we should go?" (explain "pathway") (post words or picture)

Now listen for two more things He wants to tell us about.

"How could the Father tell the world of sacrifice, of death?" (words or picture)

These are the most important things Heavenly Father wanted to show and tell us.  So He thought and thought about how to teach us about love and tenderness, the path we should take here on earth, and sacrifice and death.  Then he made a plan, a perfect plan, and as part of the plan He would give us a gift.  (Show gift box.) This one gift would teach us all of those things.  Now, this was a gift that Heavenly Father loved, and it was hard for him to send it far away down to earth.  Imagine if you had one favorite thing, and you decided to send it far away to someone who needed it.  You must love that person a lot to send them your favorite thing.  It was the same with Heavenly Father.  He loved everyone in the world so much that He was willing to send us His favorite.  Do you know what the gift is?  Here is a clue: John 3:16.  Let's read it all together. (Take time to look it up together in the actual scriptures.)

So what was the gift that Heavenly Father sent us?  His Son.

(Open the gift box.  Pull out pictures: nativity, sermon on the mount/baptism of Jesus, crucifixion/resurrection.)

Earlier, we asked three questions.  The answers are in this box. (Show all the pictures and post them as you go.)

Which picture tells us about love and tenderness?  A newborn baby!
Sing the next line: "He sent His Son, a newborn babe, with peace and holiness."
Sing the question and answer together.

Which picture is about showing us what we should do?  Jesus teaching the gospel, telling people to follow Him, and setting an example for us.
Sing "He sent His son to walk with men on earth, that we may know."
Sing the question and answer together.

Which picture tells about sacrifice and death?  Crucifixion AND Resurrection (teaches that death is not the end)
Sing "He sent His son to die for us, and rise with living breath."
Sing the question and answer together.

These first three questions were all things Heavenly Father was going to do.   The next part of the song asks two questions that apply to us.  Listen for the two questions.
Sing "What does the Father ask of us?  What do the scriptures say?"

Heavenly Father has given us an amazing gift, but He does ask something in return.
Listen for 4 things that He asks us to do:
Sing "Have faith, have hope, live like His Son, help others on their way"
Sing the questions and answers together.

At the very end of this song, the person writing the song decided to have us repeat the most important thing for us to remember.  Listen:

"What does He ask? Live like His Son."
Why do you think that's the most important part to remember?  If you live like Jesus, you will be doing everything else too.  (loving, serving, obeying...)

Optional activity:
You can take turns singing the questions and answers, either by dividing the group in half OR by having individuals sing the questions and the whole group answer them.
You can also teach dynamics on this song, getting louder  at "rise with living breath" and quieter on "What does He ask?"

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