March has arrived, and so has Learning Together’s new story for this month. You will once again be invited to listen and read and create and pray around one particular story. Find your copy of The Jesus Storybook Bible and turn to “The Servant King” on pages 286-293. The Biblical references are found in Mark 14 and John 13-14.
Children: Please begin by listening to the story read aloud in our Learning Together Tuesday email. You may wish to look carefully at all the pictures shown in the story as you listen. All members of your family are encouraged to listen together.
Our discussion begins with STINKY FEET! Yuk! Why would the friends of Jesus be arguing about stinky feet? Check out the pictures on pages 286 and 287 and think about what the streets were like for the people who lived in Jesus’ time. Oh my! No fun there!
But what would stinky feet have to do with Jesus? Why would Jesus wash his friends’ stinky feet? Why would he tell his friends to wash each other’s stinky feet? Hmm! Think about these questions and jot down your thoughts to share or draw a picture of the scene.
Adults: It is hard to imagine coming into this world, knowing that you are not just here for your personal benefit, but that you came to be a servant of others. This is exactly what Jesus came to do. Jesus came to serve, not be served.
Our society is one where it is common to look out for our own good, not so much looking out for the good of others. After Jesus washed the disciples’ feet he said to them, “I have set an example that you should do as I have done for you.” (John 13:15) Jesus expressed his love for the disciples when he humbly washed their feet (“Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.”) and we are to follow in his footsteps and do likewise. We are to show others the same kind of love that Jesus shows us, and we are to accept others serving us.
~This week’s prayer: Dear Lord, I pray that I will follow your example to gladly help others.
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