Extra! Extra! Read All About It!
Theme: Following Jesus' example of spreading the good news of God's love.
Object: A newspaper.
Scripture: After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good
news of God. "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and
believe the good news!" Mark 1:14-15
There was a time when you could walk the streets of a city and hear the voice of a
newspaper boy crying out, "Extra! Extra! Read all about it." He called out to get
the attention of people who were passing by so that they would come to him and buy a
newspaper. That was the way the news was spread in those days.
How do people get their news today? People get their news in many different ways. For
some, the newspaper is still their main source for news and they read it from cover to
cover. Some may get their news from the radio. Probably the main way that people get
the news today is from television. No matter how we get our news, it is important for us
to know what is going on in the world around us.
Did you know that Jesus himself was in the news business? The Bible says that Jesus
went into Galilee proclaiming the good news of God. Listen to what he said, "The
kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news." Jesus wanted everyone
to know the good news of God's love for them.
How do people get the good news of God's love today? Some may get it from newspapers,
radio or television. Some may come to church and hear about God's love. But the best
way to spread the good news of God's love is the same today as it was in Jesus' day. The
best way is for you and me to tell others about it!
You and I should be like the newsboy standing on the street corner crying out,
"Extra! Extra! Read all about it! The time has come. The kingdom of God is near.
Repent and believe the good news -- God loves you!"
Dear Jesus, may we follow your example and share the good news of God's love with everyone
we meet. Amen.
Lesson Idea: If you use these lessons in a classroom situation and teach older children,
here is an idea you might be able to use. Give the children small sheets of paper and a
Scripture reference. Have them write a "news story" based upon the Scripture reference.
For example: Jesus heals a blind man, Jesus walks on water, Jesus turns water into wine,
Jesus calms a storm. After the children have finished writing their news stories, paste
them onto larger sheets and put together a newspaper. You might call it "The Jerusalem
Gazette." If you have a copy machine available, you could then reduce it and "publish"
copies for each child to take home with them.
Spread the good news