Object lesson: Baptism of Jesus - Stepping into the story in six colours


A fun way to tell the story of John the Baptist and the baptism of Jesus

How to tell the Bible story of the Baptism of Jesus?

In the video below we will show you how to step through a postcard. This experiment is a great way to tell the story of the baptism of Jesus.

 

What do you need:

-  thick A 4 paper 120 / 160 grams in the following colours: brown, blue, white, gold, black and red.
-  a pair of scissors

 

How to tell the Bible story of the Baptism of Jesus

What do you do:

You can divide this Biblle story into six parts. Each part has a different colour. There is an activity for each part:

Brown:                 
I can't stand in his shoes.

Blue:                     
Jesus steps into the water and is baptized.

White:                 
The Spirit comes from heaven like a dove.

Gold:                    
God's voice comes from heaven.

Black:                   
John has to go to prison.

Red:                      
Jesus begins his work.

As you tell each part of the story you step through the coloured piece of card, or you could invite a child to come forward each time and step through the card.

Below is a short summary of each part, but of course you can add more detail as you tell it yourself.


Part 1 - Brown

Tell:                      
"Are you the Messiah?", the people asked John. "No, I'm not even worthy to…..’

Do:                        
Take the brown sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through it.

Tell:                      
"not even worthy to untie the straps of his sandals."

Part 2 - Blue

Tell:
"When Jesus was baptized..."

Do:
Take the blue sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the blue paper.

Tell:
"He stepped into the water and went under."

Part 3 - White

Tell:
"From heaven the Holy Spirit came to Jesus..."

Do:
Take the white sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the white paper.

Tell:
"...in the shape of a dove."

Part 4 - Gold

Tell:
"And God's voice sounded from heaven..."

Do:
Take the golden sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the golden paper.

Tell:
"...You alone are my Son. My love for you is great."

Part 5 - Black

Tell: 
"John kept telling King Herod that he did the wrong thing...."

Do:
Take the black sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the black paper.

Tell:
"...That's why the king had him locked up in prison."

Part 6 - Red

Tell:
"Jesus started his work when he was about thirty years old...

Do:
Take the red sheet of paper. Cut this as in the video and step all the way through the red paper.

Tell:
"...and the Spirit brought him to the desert, but we will hear about it next week.

 

Tags: Object lessons, Storytelling - ideas, tips, Biblical persons - New Testament , Baptism