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Very few lessons teach the second coming in a way that is understandable to children. Most rely on analogies about virgins and lamps that are useful, but often leave children without an understanding of what exactly Jesus’ second coming means. Here is a lesson to fill that gap and prepare children to meet Him, whether in this life or the next.
Lesson Outline: “Jesus Christ will return to the earth someday”
- Pictures from Jesus’ life, including His birth, teaching, crucifixion and resurrection.
- Pictures of Jesus’ second coming such as this: www.lds.org/media-library/images/the-second-coming-39618
- Picture of a clock or calendar.
- Wordstrips with the scripture references below.
- Learn the song “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, 82–83).
- Prepare to sing or recite the 10th Article of Faith (CS, 128).
- Jesus’ first coming is when He was born as a baby, lived on earth, died and was resurrected.
- Jesus will come again someday in glory.
- We can prepare to meet Him when he comes again.
Begin with music: Teach the children the song “When He Comes Again” (CS 82). If the children aren’t familiar with the song, pass out Children’s Songbooks to the teachers/leaders. Ask them to stand and form an instant choir to sing to the children. Have the children guess what your lesson topic is by listening to the lyrics of the song.
The first coming. Show a picture of baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Explain that this is Jesus’ first coming, as a baby who grew up to be the Savior. Show a few pictures of other scenes from his mortal life, including crucifixion and resurrection.
The second coming. Explain that Jesus will come again someday. This time He won’t come as a baby, because He is already grown up now. This time He will come in glory and power, like the Son of God that He is. Show the picture of Jesus’ second coming, with Jesus in the clouds descending to earth. Ask a child or teacher to read Matthew 24:30–31: “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven . . . and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
When will He come again? Show the picture of a clock or calendar. Ask a child or teacher to read Matthew 24:36: “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” That means no one knows except Heavenly Father exactly when Jesus will come again. But we know we are in the last days. (This might be a good place to sing the song again.)
How will we know when it’s almost time for Jesus to come again? What are some signs of Jesus’s Second Coming? Explain that the world will be in commotion (mixed up) before He comes. Ask the children to make whooshing sounds like wind and gently wave their arms above their heads. (For more information as you prepare, read Joseph Smith—Matthew 1:28–29)
What will happen to the righteous people when He comes? Ask a child or teacher to read D&C 88:96–97: “And the saints that are upon the earth, who are alive, shall be quickened and be caught up to meet him. And they who have slept in their graves shall come forth, for their graves shall be opened; and they also shall be caught up to meet him in the midst of the pillar of heaven.” Show the picture of the Second Coming and point out the people in the clouds. These are both the people living on earth when He comes and those who have already died but will come alive again to meet Him. Explain in age-appropriate ways about the graves being opened and the people being caught up into heaven to meet Jesus.
What will the government be like after He comes? Right now we have leaders of our government. Name some government officials in your area. But the 10th Article of Faith says that when Jesus comes again, “Christ will reign personally upon the earth.” That means that we will have President Jesus or King Jesus. Sing or recite the entire 10th Article of Faith (CS, 128).
What will animals be like after He comes? Ask a child or teacher to read Isaiah 11: 6-7: “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.” Explain that now the wolf and the lamb are enemies, but when Jesus comes again all the animals will be friends.
We can prepare to meet Him when He comes again. Discuss with the children ways that we can be prepared for Jesus to come again and to meet Him ourselves.
God bless us as we prepare together, adults and children hand in hand, to receive Him again.