How do we know that something is true? Verifying predictions and promises takes observing the results of events. When we look at the life of Jesus, we see God’s covenant fulfilled and the hope of blessings past and present. When Christ was on Earth, He offered proof of who He was in the things that He did and the prophecies He lived out. These crafts remind us of how Jesus satisfied the promises of prophets. A “Matching Poster” activity uses Old and New Testament verses to establish the Lordship of Jesus. A “Binocular View” honors how God can view events far away as immediate, and promises things to us that will one day come true. Grab your Bibles and crafting gear and get ready for some fun!
Don’t miss our full 17-page Kids Bible lesson from Matthew 11:2-11 and the related Bible object lessons on Jesus answering John’s disciples.
Craft one: “Prophecy Match Poster”
You will need:
- Popsicle sticks or paper strips
- Markers and/or crayons
- Construction paper or cardstock
- Glue, tape, or stapler
- Extra decorations as desired
- Decorate paper with verses, titles, captions, and captions as desired.
- Cut out paper or use envelopes, and label with things that Jesus did during His earthly ministry. Staple onto the larger cardstock or construction paper.
- On popsicle sticks, list Old Testament verses that correspond to the fulfillment in Christ.
- Use the papers as a matching exercise, and invite students to place sticks or strips into the appropriate matching fulfillment, noting how Christ followed through on God’s promises.
Craft Two: “Far-Off View Binoculars”
You will need:
- Construction paper or card stock
- Decorations (stickers, etc.)
- Paper towel or toilet paper tube
- Pipe cleaners or string
- Tape or glue
1. Decorate paper towel or toilet paper tubes with stickers or decorations.
2. Add verses or captions to paper strips, and add onto tubes.
3. Tape or staple the tube(s) together to look like binoculars.
4. Add string for a neck attachment, as desired. Wear or hang as a reminder of God’s far-reaching “future view” of things!
Bible Verses or Craft Captions to Consider… (Matthew 11:2-11)
4 And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. 6 And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” -Matthew 11:4-6
Prophecy looks into the future…and sees Jesus!
Jesus is the real thing! He proves it!
Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy!
Matthew 11:2-11 ESV Now when John heard in prison about the deeds of the Christ, he sent word by his disciples (3) and said to him, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?” (4) And Jesus answered them, “Go and tell John what you hear and see: (5) the blind receive their sight and the lame walk, lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. (6) And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.” (7) As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? (8) What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses. (9) What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. (10) This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’ (11) Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.