Safari :: Week of May 4

WE’RE LEARNING… I can love like Jesus.
MEMORY VERSE: “Love each other as I have loved you.” John 15:12b (NIV)
BIBLE STORY: A Short Man I Luke 19:1-10

This month we’re learning, “I can love like Jesus.” We can follow Jesus’ example and show love to everyone around us.

We will learn the story, “A Short Man” in Luke 19:1-10. Zacchaeus was a tax collector who took a lot of people’s money. Jesus knew Zacchaeus wasn’t making good choices, but He wanted to be Zacchaeus’ friend anyway. One day Jesus was visiting Zacchaeus’ town. Zacchaeus climbed to the top of a tall tree just to see Jesus! Jesus told Zacchaeus to get down from the tree and they both went to Zacchaeus’ house. Jesus was kind and showed love to Zacchaeus. It changed his life! We can follow Jesus’ example and show love to everyone around us. When we love like Jesus, we can show everyone how much Jesus loves them!

We made a Bible Story Meal Time Mat to help us remember that we can love like Jesus. Place the Bible Story Meal Time Mat at the table where your toddler eats. Before each meal, point to the place mat and review the Bible story with your toddler:

  • Who do you see in the tree? (Zacchaeus)
  • Even though Zacchaeus took people’s money, did Jesus still show love to him? (Yes)
  • Can you love like Jesus? (Yes)

Say, “Even though Zacchaeus made wrong choices, Jesus was kind to Zacchaeus and showed love to him. We can love like Jesus, too!” Ask your toddler, “Who can love like Jesus?” Encourage your toddler to say, “I can love like Jesus!”