Jesus as a Boy
To hear about the life of Jesus as a boy and how
it influenced his adult life
To understand that Jesus was once a child
Any, or near Christmas
Children can mime the part of the animals in this
1. Good morning, In the name of the Father, and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We usually think of Jesus as a man who died on the cross for us.
But today we are going to think about him as a boy.
He was once a little child, like us.
He worked and played like us.
He felt happy and sad like us.
Here is a story about him as a little boy.
2. Miriam and Jude got up early. The sky
was so red and angry-looking, that their father said,
FATHER: There's going to be a storm, I'm
sure. The fishermen will have trouble today.
2. The two children were disappointed.
They were good children, but they wanted to play. They had worked hard
all week. Their mother had gone to the well to fetch water. She would
be gone for a long time. The children knew that she liked to talk to
her friends there. Miriam and Jude really wanted to walk along to
Joseph the carpenter's house. Their father let them go. He knew they
could find shelter if there was a storm. When they got there, they saw
Joseph and Jesus outside. They had been busy that week and were now
The two children asked,
MIRIAM AND JUDE: Can Jesus come out to
JOSEPH: Yes. There's not much work today.
Run along, son, and have a good time with your friends. You've worked
hard this week. You deserve a break. Don't go too far, in case you get
3. The three children walked away from
the village. There was a hen in the road, with all her chickens,
pecking up grain. When she saw the children, she clucked a loud warning
- and the chickens rushed to hide under her wings.
JUDE: There's a cockerel near us that's
always crowing loudly.
4. They passed by some sheepfolds.
Shepherds were sitting at the entrances, keeping the wolves away. One
shepherd had been out all night, looking for a lost sheep. They saw him
coming home, tired but happy, carrying the relieved, little lamb.
MIRIAM: He's a good shepherd.
5. Next, they passed by some vineyards.
The vines in the vineyards were growing well, but the ones by the side
of the road were in a sorry state.
JESUS: You only get good grapes if the
vines are pruned.
6. They stopped to look at some golden
MIRIAM: Our dad will have to find lots of
men, to help him to bring in the harvest.
JUDE: And look at all those different
weeds in amongst the corn.
JESUS: Now it's harvest time, they can
gather the corn and burn the weeds.
6. The children sat down for a while.
They enjoyed resting and watching.
Suddenly, they saw a fox slink by, on its way to the hen house. That
worried them, but they knew the farmer would do his best to protect the
Miriam began to pick some flowers.
Jude watched the little sparrows, scratching about under the bushes.
JUDE: Lucky things! They don't have to
work like we do.
JESUS: God looks after them.
7. Then it began to rain.
MIRIAM: Let's hurry home.
JESUS: Yes, quickly. The rain will fall
on us, and soak us to the skin, whether we're good or naughty.
7. So they ran back to Jesus's house.
Mary his mother had just baked some bread. It was lovely and hot and
crispy. She gave some to the hungry children.
8. Later, when Jesus was a man, he
remembered all the things he had seen on his walk. He told stories
about them, when teaching people about God his father. The stories were
written down by his friends: Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. We can read
them in the Bible today.
9. When Jesus was a boy, he prayed like
we do. This is one of the prayers he used to say every morning:
"I will love the Lord my God
with all my heart
and with all my soul
and with all my strength."
10. Here is another prayer he used to say:
"I give myself into your hands,
O Lord my God.
Keep me safe,
Because you are my rock and my refuge."
11. When he was a man, Jesus taught his
friends the Lord's Prayer. Let us now say it together: Our Father...
12. We will now sing "I saw the grass" by
Estelle White (Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 283)
or - if near Christmas - "Jesus Christ, little Lord" by Roger Humphrey
(Celebration Hymnal for Everyone number 324)