We Want to See Jesus
THEME: You will find him if you look for him with all your heart and soul.
OBJECT: Image of Jesus graphic. (At the bottom of this sermon is a link to a page that you can print and make a copy of the graphic for each child.) You could also use a stereogram or one of those plaques that you stare at until the name of Jesus appears.
SCRIPTURE: When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. Luke 24: 30-31
This morning I have a picture for each of you. I want each of you to stare at the four dots right in the middle of the picture. Concentrate and stare at the dots while I count to fifteen, then close your eyes. When you close your eyes, a white spot will appear and there may be a picture inside of that white spot. Let's try it and see what happens. Are you ready? Okay, concentrate! One, two, three.......(to fifteen) Now, close your eyes and keep them closed. Do you see anything? You may open your eyes now. How many of you saw the face of Jesus? Some people have a little trouble seeing it at first, so if you didn't see the face of Jesus, keep trying and eventually you will see his face.
Two of Jesus' disciples were walking on the road that led to a town called Emmaus. The disciples were sad and were talking about what had happened to Jesus. Jesus joined the disciples and walked along with them, but they did not recognize him. Jesus asked them what they were talking about and they told them about how their friend Jesus had been crucified, and buried, and that some women had gone to his tomb, but the tomb was empty. "We have heard that he is alive," they said, "but we have not seen him." When they got to Emmaus, the disciples invited Jesus to stay with them since it was getting too late in the day to travel. So Jesus stayed with them and when they sat down to eat, Jesus took the bread and blessed it, broke it, and gave it to them. Suddenly, the eyes of the disciples were opened and they saw that it was Jesus. They were so happy and excited that they ran back to Jerusalem to tell the others that they had seen Jesus.
Do you want to see Jesus? The Bible says, "You will find him if you look for him with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29) If you look for Jesus with all your heart, he will show himself to you.
Dear Lord, open our eyes, we want to see Jesus! Amen.
For a printable page of the Image of Jesus graphic, CLICK HERE.