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Back in the days of kings and queens, what did the king have power to do?
(Almost anything he desired.)
People in the kingdom would answer the king by saying, “Yes, my Lord.” “Right away, my Lord.” “As you say, my Lord.”
(Feel free to add more sayings and add an accent as you say these or even act it out.)
Here is a fun activity if you have time.
(Even if you have teens! This will be short and fun.) Pretend someone is the King or Queen (sit them in a chair as their throne or sit them up on a higher place) and have the rest of the family pretend he/she is the King or Queen) and address them appropriately….The King/Queen could even “command” their subjects to do things for them. Mom/Dad could even take a turn at being King/Queen. Have fun. Laugh and within limits, allow the “subjects” to do what they command. (Keep it simple or if you have time, have fun with it.)
Read or have someone read: John 20:24-31
When Thomas says, “My Lord and my God” what does he mean by “Lord?”
(He was saying that He believed in Jesus so much he was making Him ruler, giving him control. That he would follow Him wherever and do whatever he said. He would obey Him no matter what. He was submitting to His rule. NOT OUT OF FEAR, but he was willing to submit to the Lordship of Christ, because of who he believed Him to be: God.)
How do we make Jesus “Lord” in our lives today?
(By submitting everything to Him, to His rule. We give Him permission to rule in our lives because we know He knows best, cares, is creator and God! Not because we are forced, but because we decide to, we choose to.)
What does this look like (specifically)?
- How does mom/dad live differently than others?
- How does a teenager live differently when Jesus is Lord?
- How you do your homework?
- How you do your chores?
- How you act?
- How much you worry? (If He is God, do you have faith He is in control?)
- What you say?
- How you practice?
- How you do something you really don’t want to do?
- How you obey when it’s really hard?
- How you treat others, even when it’s not cool or easy?
- How you spend your money?
What is one thing you need to make Jesus “Lord” of? Why haven’t you before?