For Kids: A Little Room for Jesus

A long time ago in the Old Testament, there was a rich lady. She was also very generous, which means she liked to share her riches. She was married to a kind man, but they had no children. And she really wanted to have a baby.

At that time, the preachers in the land of Israel were called “Prophets”. Since the people did not have Bibles where they could read what God said, God spoke to these special preachers. Then the prophets told the people what God had said. Many prophets also wrote God’s words on scrolls, and we can still read what God told them in our Bibles today. 

This woman had noticed a prophet traveling past their house – his name was Elisha. He spent a lot of time on the road, traveling to share God’s word with people. The woman always asked Elisha to come to her house for a meal when he traveled by. She started to think about what else she could do for Elisha. She said to her husband, “This is a holy man who is doing God’s work. Let’s build a special room on our house. It will have everything he needs: a bed, and a chair, and a table, and a lamp.” So they built the prophet a little room
on their upper story, and they got it ready for him.

When Elisha came to their village again, he was so happy that he had a place to sleep and study! He wanted to do something special for the woman, since she had thought about how to take care of him.  And God gave Elisha a message just for her. God said that He would give the woman a son, in about a year’s time. The woman could hardly believe it: she had wanted a baby for so long! But it happened, just like the prophet Elisha said.

Many, many years later, Jesus was also in need of a room. Did you know that Jesus
was a prophet, too? Even though he was God’s Son, Jesus was also a prophet. That’s because God the Father spoke to Jesus more than anyone else! And Jesus told us
what God the Father said. His disciples wrote it down, and we can read those words in our Bibles – just like the Old Testament prophets.

And just like Elisha, Jesus spent a lot of time on the road, traveling. In fact, he did not have a home of his own anywhere. His home was in heaven. Jesus once said that foxes have holes, and birds have nests, but that in his earthly travels, he had nowhere to lay his head (Luke 9:57-58).

But now, Jesus needed a room. He was about to have the last meal he would be able to eat with his disciples, before he died on the cross. We remember this special meal in our churches every time we have “the Lord’s supper.” In Jesus’ day, it was called the Passover, and it was a very special feast to celebrate how God had once freed the Israelites from being slaves in Egypt: the Israelites celebrated Passover every year. Since Jesus did not have a home where he could host such a special dinner, his disciples asked him, “Where can we prepare the Passover?”  

Jesus told them to go into the city of Jerusalem. There they would meet a man carrying a pitcher of water. They were to follow the man to whatever house he went into. Then they were to ask for the master of that house and tell him that Jesus had a special question. The question was, “Where is the guest room where I can eat the Passover with my disciples?” The master would then show the disciples a room, already prepared with a table and everything they needed, on the upper story of his house. – Just like the room the woman had built for Elisha.

And it all happened just like Jesus said.

Remember how the woman noticed Elisha and wanted to do something for him? This man in Jerusalem also noticed Jesus on his travels. He had recognized that Jesus was a holy man doing God’s work. And he also decided to get a room in his house ready for Jesus, and to put everything into it that Jesus might need. We don’t know how Jesus knew this man had a room ready for him. But he did know, and he came.

Do you know that Jesus is still looking for rooms where he can host a special dinner? In the very last book of the Bible, there is a verse where Jesus says: “Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me” (Revelation 3:20).

In this verse, Jesus uses the image of that last meal before his death to talk about how he still wants to feed his disciples all over the world. He wants to feed their spirits with his love and truth.

Do you know what the room is, where Jesus stands at the door and knocks? Can you guess?

It is your heart!

And just like Jesus knew exactly where that the man in Jerusalem had a room ready and waiting for him – Jesus knows wherever a heart is ready and waiting to serve him.

Read these stories in your Bible:

2 Kings 4:8-17

Luke 22:7-13

Activity: Build a room for a prophet

Instructions

Step 1:  Using the pasta as “bricks” and the play-dough as “mortar”, construct the four walls of a room. Leave an empty space for a doorway. 

Step 2:  Make furniture out of play-dough

Step 3: Roof the room with popsicle sticks, securing the sticks with play-dough

Step 4:  Paint the noodles and sticks, or color them with markers.

Step 5:  Show your mom how amazing you are. Clean up as much of the mess as you can!

Materials

  • something to build on, like a plastic mat or a paper plate
  • play-dough
  • a table knife to shape the play-dough, if desired
  • Rigatoni or Penne pasta
  • Popsicle sticks
  • paint or markers

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