‘Light of the World’ is the second session in a teaching series called ‘Light/Dark’. Throughout this series, your youth will discover more about Jesus as the Light of the World, his victory over darkness on the cross, and the transforming power of his light in our lives… all through the lens of Star Wars!
Key Scriptures: John 1v1-18, John 14v6
You will need: a picture of Darth Vader and a lightsaber, blindfold, AV equipment, toy lightsaber/laser pointer, plant, torch, lamp/lightbulb, printed Light of the World Signs (1 copy, double-sided) and Light of the World Worksheets (1 per person – optional), pens
Play a game of ‘Pin the Lightsaber on Darth Vader’
Briefly recap the topic the topic of Light/Dark and the key verse for the series “The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1v5).
Watch this lightsaber battle between Obi Wan and Darth Maul, arguably one of the most epic battle scenes in Star Wars.
Point out that lightsabers are incredibly powerful! In real life, light can be just as powerful. Today we are going to explore more about how incredible light is, and about Jesus, the Light of the world.
MATCH THE OBJECTS
Bring along objects that illustrate different aspects of light: a toy lightsaber, a plant, a torch and a lamp/lightbulb. Also print out the four signs (print double-sided).
Reveal the signs and objects, and ask the group to match up the objects with the signs (see answers below).
Then, go through each object and sign one by one, inviting someone to read the corresponding example (printed on the other side of the sign). Discuss how Jesus displays that characteristic of light. Finally, ask a volunteer to read out the Bible verse.
Repeat for each object.
Object 1: Lightsaber matches the sign ‘Light is Powerful’
- Read Get a volunteer to read from the sign: “You can’t touch it, it has got no physical mass and yet light is powerful. Think of how easily a laser beam can slice through metal. In the same way, light is powerful enough to overcome the darkness – even just a tiny candle can light up a whole room. Light is so powerful, it gets rid of darkness.“
- Discuss How is Jesus like a powerful light? (Jesus’ light is so powerful that the darkness of death, sin and evil can’t overpower him)
- Read Ask a volunteer to read John 1v5: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it”.
Object 2: Plant matches the sign ‘Light Gives Life’
- Read Get a volunteer to read from the sign: “What’s essential for life? Phone, friends, food? It’s food, water, shelter… and light. Sunlight is the most important need for all living organisms, because it is the source of all energy. It also provides heat for plants and animals. When God created the world, what was the first thing he made? Light. Why? Because light gives life.“
- Discuss How is Jesus like the light of sun that gives life? What kind of life does Jesus give people? (He gives us new life – life that is free from darkness, death and sin. He gives us eternal life – we can live forever with him, both right now and in heaven. He gives us the best life – better than we can even imagine. And the best is yet to come when he returns!)
- Read Ask a volunteer to read John 1v4: “What has come into being in him was life, and that life was the light of all people.”
Object 3: Lightbulb/lamp matches the sign ‘Light Reveals the Truth’
- Read Get a volunteer to read from the sign: “Kids are often scared of the dark. When the lights go out, monsters suddenly start hiding under the bed and baddies lurk outside. The darkness can be terrifying. But if mum or dad turns on the light? It is instantly all okay. The smallest amount of light in the bedroom reveals things to be what they truly were. Monsters were just shadows, baddies were just noises. The light banishes illusions and reveals the truth.“
- Say Jesus is like a light because he reveals the truth to us. People have all sorts of ideas about who God is and what God thinks of us. Jesus is like a light that reveals the truth about who God is and who we are to Him.
- Discuss What are some ideas that people have about who God is and what he is like? (e.g. angry God, distant) How does Jesus show us the truth about God and about us? (To know who God is, we can just look at what Jesus said and did. He shows us how much God loves us because he died for us.)
- Read Ask a volunteer to read John 1v18: “No one has ever seen God, but God’s only son, who is at the Father’s side, has made him known.”
Object 4: Torch matches the sign ‘Light Shines the Way’
- Read Get a volunteer to read from the sign: “A torch makes it so much easier for us to find our way through the dark. In the same way, lighthouses are used to warn ships of hazardous coastlines, rocks and also to mark safe entries to harbours. Their beam of light warns of dangers that can’t be seen, and are used to mark the way to safety. Light shines the way.“
- Discuss How is Jesus like a light that shines the way? (He shows us the best way to live our lives; he shows the way for us to have a relationship with God)
- Read Ask a volunteer to read John 1v12: “To all who received him, who believed on his name, he gave the power to become children of God.”
Fill in the gaps in the Light of the World Worksheet (optional)
Set up each of the the four objects and signs at different corners of your meeting space as prayer stations. Put on some quiet worship music in the background (you may like to use “Let There Be Light”), and invite them to go around the room, taking time to pause at each object to silently think about and thank Jesus for that aspect of his light.