Lesson idea: – We need spiritual food like we need physical food.
Activity: – Lay out all kinds of food from your refrigerator or lay out pretend food. Let your family participate and introduce your topic while you work. Make sure there is something you can eat during the lesson.
–Hunger – (sitting in front of food) Talk about how you are hungry. Talk about how we as people have hunger. God made our bodies to tell us when we need to eat food. We need to eat 3, 4, or even 5 times a day. I sometimes want to eat 10 times a day! Point- We have hunger, We have a need for food.
-What happens if we don’t eat? – Talk about what happens to our bodies. (give an example of what happens to you when you don’t eat) We become cranky, weaker, we can’t think the same, we are tired, we might feel sick. If we go too long without food we even starve and die. Point – We need food to live, to survive!
Bible Application: – John 6 (Here is a summary of Jesus feeding the 5000. If your children have a good attention span you can read the entire passage. If you have a book with an illustration it will help them to listen. You can look online for one as well)
You may know the story where Jesus feeds the 5,000. In John 6 we are told a large crowd is following Jesus because He had been performing miracles and healing the sick. The day was the Passover feast for the Jewish people. Jesus asked where they could get enough bread to feed so many people. Of course Jesus knew the answer but he was testing His disciples and getting ready to teach them. The disciple Philip said even a lot of money wouldn’t buy enough bread for them to even eat a little. One little boy had a basket of 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and handed the bread and fish out to the crowd. The people then ate until they were full.
Later on the next day the crowd that remained went to look for Jesus. Let’s read to see what they wanted.
25 When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27 Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” 28 Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” 30 So they said to him, “Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform? 31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34 They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.”
35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.
-So, what did the people want? They had eaten till they were full the day before and they were hungry again. Jesus said, “you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.” If there was someone walking around with unlimited food that you didn’t have to make or work for you would want to follow that person around too right? We talked about how we have hunger. One thing about hunger is that is never ends. We eat and we get full, and then not to long after that, we get hungry again. Then we eat again, and then not to long after that, we are hungry again…and again…and again… . Point – We will never stop being hungry for food.
–What did Jesus say about our hunger for food? Jesus told them that God is the one who gives you food, true food from heaven. The bread of God is the one “who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said, great!, give us that food always. Jesus then told them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Point – Jesus told them that He was the bread, the food that will keep you full forever.
–How do you eat the bread of Jesus? You can’t actually eat Jesus like you do a piece of bread can you? No, but just like we need actual physical food to live, we need spiritual food as well. We need Jesus. Just like your body can’t work right and will die eventually without food to eat, your soul or your spirit isn’t’ right and will die without eating spiritual food. Jesus gives eternal life. So, how do you eat spiritual food? Do you eat your Bible? No! You take bites of God’s Word every day by reading it. Jesus also told them that the work of God was that they believe in Him. To eat the bread Jesus offers you believe in Him and eat spiritual food each day. Spiritual food can be praying or worshiping with music and song as well. We are eating spiritual food right now by learning from God’s Word!
Drive it home: We are hungry people, we have hunger for food, food “that perishes” or doesn’t last. We also have a spiritual hunger for God that can only be satisfied by Him. He alone can give you”the food that endures to eternal life.” Food that last forever! Yay! Point – We need spiritual food
-What happens if we don’t eat? If you have a table full of food and you are hungry but you don’t eat it, you will still be hungry won’t you? It would be silly to look at it and expect to get full. (look at food and wait to feel full…get them to try too) You actually have to eat the food not to be hungry or thirsty. Jesus says “whoever comes to me shall not hunger.” We have to come to Jesus and keep coming if we don’t want to be spiritually hungry. If I eat a meal one time for the rest of my life it won’t be enough to keep me full forever. If I eat a meal just once a week, it won’t be enough for my body to stay strong and work at it’s best either. I’ll still be hungry. I need to eat food ever day. The same goes for our spirit. We can’t just eat spiritual food one time in our life or even once a week, like on Sundays at church only. It won’t be enough for your spirit to stay strong and work at it’s best. You’ll still be hungry, hungry for Jesus.
-How can we remember to eat? Our sinful hearts cause us to forget to eat spiritual food but we don’t ever forget to eat physical food do we? I know I never forget to eat! God gave you a body with a hunger. Use that hunger. Every time your body reminds you that you are hungry for food, remember that you need to eat spiritual food too.
-Food that Jesus gives that cannot be taken away. Let’s not pass up such a wonderful feast! Don’t forget to eat!
Pray: Heavenly Father, we are hungry people. Even when we eat we are not satisfied or full for long. We always want more and need more and we are very familiar with the feeling of hunger. Help us to remember that Jesus is the “bread of life” and that whoever comes to HIm “shall not hunger,…”. Jesus, you offer food that lasts forever, food that cannot be taken away. Help us to remember that we need to eat this food, spiritual food, every day. Stir the Holy Spirit in us when we are hungry to remind us of our need for you. In Your name we pray. Amen.
Sing: We are Hungry
Just for fun. =)