Jesus is the new and better… David

In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting-place will be glorious.

What should a king or Queen be like? Does it matter what they look like? We’re going to look at a king that God chose for his people, why he chose him, and at a promise God made to King David about a new and better king who God would give his people forever.

Game: Bulldog
One child stands in the middle of the room; they are it. The rest of the children begin at one end of the room. Their aim is to reach the other end of the room without being caught. They can only run when something from their outward appearance is called out (this means you will have some people at different ends of the room after a while). If a child is tagged as they are running they join the catchers in the middle. Last uncaught person is the winner.

Game: Follow the Leader
Children stand in a long line the child at the front starts to move and everybody else must copy the way and direction they are moving. Suggest skipping, hopping, jumping, crawling, waving arms, walking backwards etc. Make it more exciting by having lots of obstacles in the room.

Memory Verse:
Above his head they placed the written charge against him: this is Jesus, the king of the Jews. Matthew 27:37

David the Hero is a news report LIVE from the boy’s battle with Goliath
David the Zero shows us David’s betrayal of Uriah to cover up his sin with Bathsheba

Jesus is the best and forever king Talk

Use the Lego Bible Pictures to put together a Timeline of David’s life. In small groups talk about David’s Hero moments and his Zero moments. What did David do after he had disobeyed God? He said sorry and went back to following him.

All through History – Nick and Becky Drake: Big Family of God
(You can buy it here and they’ve helpfully come up with their own actions in this video)
Jesus Rocks the World – Colin Buchanan: Jesus Rocks the World
Jesus is the King – Emu music: Meet the King

Make a crown. On the crown write or draw reasons why Jesus is such a good king. Thank him for being the best king.