Purpose: Use this children’s sermon about the manna God gave the Israelites to teach kids about Jesus, the bread of life, that He gives to all of us.
Scripture: Exodus 15:22-16:36
Needed: enough bread for every child to have a piece
Give each child a small piece of bread and tell them to hold it while you tell them a story about bread from the Bible
(Summarize Exodus 15:22-16:36 with the following story.)
After God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, they crossed through the middle of the Red Sea into the desert. And, of course, they got hungry. They had escaped Egypt, but they hadn’t brought very much food with them. And they couldn’t grow crops in the desert.
So, what do you think they did?
They complained. They complained against Moses and against God. They even said that they wished they were still back in Egypt so at least they would have some food!
So, do you know what God did? He gave them bread. The next morning, when the Israelites woke up, there was bread all over the ground! And it was the best bread they had ever tasted. It was light and fluffy and it tasted like it had a little bit of honey mixed into it to make it taste sweet.
The people ate the bread all day and were very happy. But will bread fill a person up forever? Or will they get hungry again?
God knew that the people couldn’t eat bread for just that one day. Every morning, he gave them new bread. And that’s how the Israelites lived in the desert. God gave them new bread every day.
But the Bible also calls Jesus bread. It calls Him the Bread of Life. Do you know why?
Because just like the Israelites needed bread every day to survive in the desert, our souls need Jesus every day. Every day, we need to think about Jesus and pray to Him, and read our Bibles to learn about Him. When we do that, we’re taking Jesus into our souls, just like the Israelites took the bread into their bodies.
Everyone, take a bite of your bread and imagine that you’re taking Jesus into your souls.
Jesus, we thank You for coming into our souls. We thank You for being a part of our life. We pray that You’ll help us to take time to pray and think about You every day so that every day, You can feed our souls with Your love.
You can also find this children’s sermon for Kindle or in print in my book, Children’s Sermons about the Exodus