In the book of Revelation, the Lord gives a personal invitation to all: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me." This invitation is so special and personal!
The Lord desires to be involved in our lives. He wishes to bless us, lead us, comfort us, heal us, strengthen us, and to reveal all things to us. But He will never force us. Will we choose to open the door and allow Him inside?
This week’s lesson bundle features some fun activities that will help your children recognize that this special invitation and promise applies to them too! The Lord will “sup” with each of us if we will open the door of our hearts!
➤ L E S S O N
Open the lesson with a song and a prayer.
🎶 O P E N I N G S O N G : "I Feel My Savior's Love"
➤ P R E P A R A T I O N
Print a copy of the activity pages for each child. You will also need a glue stick and some scissors.
➤ I N T R O D U C T I O N
Send someone outside of the room and close the door. Instruct that person to knock several different times (they should wait for a while after each time knocking), and to keep knocking and waiting. Instruct the other children in the room to refrain from answering the door while the person is knocking.
One you are finished with this activity, discuss the following questions:
Why do we have doors? (For protection, for privacy, etc.)
What are some times when we should open our doors? (When we want to let someone or something inside!)
What are some times when we should not open our doors? (When we don’t want to let someone or something inside!)
Do you think we have something like a door in our hearts? Can we keep someone out of our heart? And can we choose to let someone in our heart? (Discuss the children’s thoughts on this topic.)
🎥 V I D E O : " Stand at the Door and Knock"
Say: “Now we are going to watch a video! In this video, Jesus Christ is knocking on a door. Watch and see if you can tell what the door represents.”
Discuss the following questions after watching the video:
What do you think the door represents? (It’s the door to our hearts!)
Does Jesus break the door and force his way into our hearts? Or does he just knock and wait? (He knocks and He waits for us.)
How long was Jesus knocking on the door? (The whole time)
Do you think he ever stops knocking? Or do you think he is always knocking? (He is always there, waiting for us to invite Him in!)
➤ S C R I P T U R E
Read the verses below and discuss the questions that follow.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
When Jesus says He stands at the door and knocks, what does that mean? (He is asking to come into our hearts and is always there waiting for us to invite Him inside.)
What do you think are some things that might make us forget to open the door? (Discuss some things such as distraction or sin.)
What are some things that you think can let him in? (Discuss some things we can do such as prayer, singing primary songs, studying the scriptures, repentance, keeping the commandments, etc.)
“Yea, verily I say unto you, if ye will come unto me ye shall have eternal life. Behold, mine arm of mercy is extended towards you, and whosoever will come, him will I receive; and blessed are those who come unto me.”
When Jesus says His arm of mercy is extended to us, what does that mean? (He is inviting all of us to come to Him!)
What do we have to do for Him to receive us? (We need to go to Him and if we do, He will receive us!)
What has He promised us if we will come unto Him? (He promised that we will be blessed.)
Is there anyone who is not invited to come unto Him? (No, He invites all to come unto Him!)
➤ A C T I V I T Y
Invite children to color the doors on the first page, then color the images of Jesus Christ on the second page. Cut out the door openings (only cut on the dotted lines) and fold along the door hinges. Glue or tape the first page on top of the second page so that the open doors reveal the image of Jesus Christ.
Invite Children to make a “knocking” sound on a nearby object and then open the paper doors as they discuss things they can do to let Jesus Christ come into their lives.
➤ T E S T I M O N Y
Bear testimony of the truths found in the scriptures.
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