Biblical lessons: Lent is a time for us to learn how to be vessels that God’s light can shine out of so that people will praise the Father in Heaven.
This is your script delving into the third of the three areas Jesus taught – Although it covers a major portion of chapters 6 and 7, its theme gives two purposes for fasting. As adults we have lots of reasons to fast, but I’ve kept to the areas Jesus discussed.
1. Read the script a few times before the presentation.
2. Get your paper strips ready and place them in order behind you so they are a surprise each time you lay them out.
3. Sit in a quite place. You may want to light a candle and bring a Bible to the lesson.
4. Read slowly and deliberately.
5. Keep your voice soft as if sharing something very special and confidential.
6. Remember your child is indwelt by the Spirit and has the ability to learn from God just like and adult. God may use him to challenge you to discover a new facet about God’s immense love for the world and our role as citizens of the City of Light in the Kingdom of God.
Light your candle.
This is a thoughtful lesson. Jesus spent a long time teaching about the things in this box.
Just like righteousness, fasting has two parts. Fasting from things and Fasting to things
Jesus tells the people that when they are not able to see how God wants them to treat others, it is time to fast.
Jesus then talks about things to fast from:
Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: So do not consume yourselves with questions: What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear? Outsiders make themselves frantic over such questions; they don’t realize that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and then all these things will be given to you too.
So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today.
Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: Why is it that you see the dust in your brother’s or sister’s eye, but you can’t see what is in your own eye? Don’t ignore the wooden plank in your eye, while you criticize the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eyelashes.
That type of criticism and judgment is a sham! Remove the plank from your own eye, and then perhaps you will be able to see clearly how to help your brother flush out his sawdust.
Then Jesus talks about things to fast to:
Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find.
Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened
Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount: This is what our Scriptures come to teach: in everything, in every circumstance, do to others as you would have them do to you.
This fasting is something that you don’t boast about. Jesus says that the only person who should know about it is God.
Now I wonder what part you liked best?
I wonder where you are in the story or what part of the story is about you?
I wonder if people told other people what Jesus said later?
I wonder if you think that you need to fast from some things during Lent?
I wonder if you think that you need to fast to some things during Lent?