John began teaching and baptizing because he was instructed to do so. We don't know how he was told to do so, whether it was from the mouth of God Himself or from a messenger of God (angel). We know that John was told to teach and baptize to prepare the way of the Lord. He was told he would know the lamb of God by a sign -- a dove sitting on Him. That's what happened when He baptized Jesus. A dove descended and sat on Him. A voice from heaven said, "You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased." At this moment, we see God in 3 persons -- the father, the son and the spirit. Why did Jesus have to be baptized? Had he already sinned and needed to repent? Jesus told John that He should be baptized to fulfill righteousness.
Wednesday evening I gave the students a little help to memorize the first 7 Beatitudes. It is: PMMHTMMP. If they can just remember those letters in that order it should help them. They stand for: Poor in spirit, Mourn, Meek, Hunger/Thirst, Merciful, Pure in heart, Peacemakers.
Stations: As students come to class have them begin working in the stations.
Memory Work: Call the students together. Review NT books (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John). Add Acts today.
Review: Review Wednesday night's lesson about John's ministry.
Lesson: Reading from John, tell the story of Jesus being baptized.
More memory work: If time is available, review the Salt passage and introduce the light passage.