Middle School

Look No Further

Lesson 12 


Summer 2019


By: Kelsey Grulke 


August 18, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Jesus is God’s message for us to accept.

Bible Basis:

John 5:39-46

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Whiteboard and marker

Summary & Links:

Students will play a word game to get them thinking about how easy it is to miss something that’s right before our eyes as they explore how Jesus is God’s message to us.

Memory Verse:

But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
—John 20:31

Step 1:

Students will play a word game to get them thinking about how easy it is to miss something that’s right before our eyes as they explore how Jesus is God’s message to us.

Materials Needed:

  • Whiteboard and marker

Greet your students as they enter. While everyone is getting settled, ask your students to think back to their younger days and share a common thing that they misunderstood. Share your own examples or one of the following to get them started thinking. For example: learning that a tow truck has nothing to do with toes, or that God’s name isn’t Art (our Father which “ART” in heaven…), or that it’s called a GRILLED cheese sandwich, not a GIRL cheese sandwich, etc.

After you’ve shared for a while, introduce a game of easy misunderstandings. This is similar to the game Mad Gab. Write one of the following sets of unrelated words on the whiteboard and ask your students to read them aloud and try to figure out what common phrase this random collection of words sounds like. Once someone has figured it out, erase those words and continue with the next set. Do as many as you have time for. Hint: if the students are having difficulty, encourage some of them to look at the words and read them aloud and others to shut their eyes and pay attention only to what they’re hearing.

  1. Way Cups Leapy Ed                 (Answer: Wake Up Sleepy Head)
  2. Ace Tray Taste Who Dent      (Answer: A Straight A Student)
  3. Canoe Key Pass Egret             (Answer: Can You Keep A Secret)
  4. Cohen Peas                              (Answer: Go in Peace)
  5. Delete Elmer Made                (Answer: The Little Mermaid)
  6. Dew Ache Who Gulls Urge    (Answer: Do a Google Search)
  7. Hide Hen Tickled Wins          (Answer: Identical Twins)
  8. Isle of View                              (Answer: I Love You)
  • What made that game difficult? (Once you see the words, it can be hard to un-see them and just hear what they sound like.)
  • What strategies did you use that made it easier? (Just listening while someone else reads can make it easier to decipher; thinking about the sounds, not the words; running the words together; etc.)

Isn’t it funny how clear the phrases seemed once you figured it out? How did we not see that earlier? It seems so obvious once one person figures out the phrase. Life and faith can be like that, too. Sometimes, we don’t recognize something that’s right before our eyes. Today we’re going to learn about some people who didn’t recognize who Jesus was even when He was right before their eyes. Let’s see what happened.

A List of Mad Gab

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Whiteboard and marker

Stand at the whiteboard, or have a student do it, and write “Who is Jesus?” at the top. Ask your students to recap the lesson by listing who Jesus is, according to our lesson today. Answers should include the Messiah—the Son of Man who sits at the right hand of the Mighty One [God]. He claimed to be equal with God and to be God’s only Son. Answers could also include attributes of Jesus or titles based on His works such as Jesus is generous, kind, loving, a miracle worker, etc. List their answers on the whiteboard.

  • The Gospels tell us so much about who Jesus is, but what does our memory verse say the most important thing they tell us is? (Invite students to look up the memory verse if they need a refresher. The most important thing the Gospels teach us is that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God.)

Share this video with your students [3:55]:
JESUS IS || Spoken Word

  • Is there anything we should add to our list after watching this video? (Jesus is generous, He’s king, He’s faithful. Write any new ones on the board.)
  • Of all the attributes and names of Jesus we have written, which one sticks out to you today and why? (Answers will vary.)

Hand out index cards—one per student. Ask your students to choose one of the things written on the board that sums up to them who Jesus is. If you have time, the students can decorate their card and what they’ve written as much as they’d like. Then, ask students to turn their card over and write a prayer of response to Jesus, based on who they know He is. This could be a prayer of accepting Jesus, or a prayer committing to study God’s Word more frequently, or a prayer of thanksgiving for God’s message to us in Jesus, or whatever is on your student’s heart.

Ask your students to display the front of their cards somewhere at home, where they’ll see it and be reminded of their prayer of response.

End in prayer, asking God to help each of us respond to God’s message to us—Jesus.

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