The Parable of the Mustard Seed

Jesus told a parable comparing the mustard seed to the kingdom of God. Jesus said, “How can I describe the Kingdom of God? What story should I use to explain it? A mustard seed is one of the smallest seeds I have ever seen. It is so small that if it fell out of your hand you might not find it again. Even though the mustard seed is one of the smallest of all seeds, when it is planted in the ground, it grows into a tree so large that birds can even build their nests in it."


Let us use our imagination about the kingdom of God! Well, when Jesus first began his earthly ministry, he had no followers. The Bible tells us that Jesus was walking along the shore of the sea of Galilee when he saw two fishermen, Peter and his brother Andrew, casting their nets. "Come, follow me," Jesus said to them. They immediately followed Jesus. As they continued on their way, they saw two other brothers, James and John, mending their nets. Jesus called them and they immediately left their nets and followed him. One by one, Jesus called his disciples until there were twelve of them. That is still a pretty small beginning, isn't it? Jesus sent out the twelve and they brought others to Jesus and the kingdom of God grew. From a very small beginning, the kingdom of God has grown and grown until it has spread over the whole earth.

To get a better understanding of what this story teaches. Each pomegranate fruit contains about 100 seeds and is about the size of a tennis ball, when cut open. Now, imagine that we planted these seeds and each grew into a pomegranate bush. How many pomegranate fruit do you think each bush might produce? A hundred? Two hundred? Or many more.

Jesus started the kingdom with twelve men and they became his disciples. Every follower of Jesus is a part of the kingdom and that means that you and I are a part of God's kingdom. Every time we share the word about Jesus we are helping God’s kingdom grow Try to imagine that one day we will meet Jesus in heaven. What an awesome experience that will be? Isn't it great to know that we can have a part in growing God's kingdom?



The verses of the day for Parable of the Mustard Seed

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Matthew 13:31.

 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field.


Mark 4:31.

 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth.


Luke 13:19.

 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed .


Questions and Answers

Q. What is the smallest seed?

A. A mustard seed.

Q. Can a bird nest in a full grown mustard tree?

A. Yes.

Q. How many disciples did Jesus call?

A. Twelve.



The Moral of the Story.


The lesson in this parable is that one man can make a big difference. It means even if you have little faith the size of a mustard seed you can make a difference for God in this world.


The Meaning of the words.

Mending - Fixing or repairing something.

Experience – Doing something new for the first time.

Casting – Throwing out an object.






Materials Needed.

Colored markers, wax crayons, mustard seeds and glue (pritt).


Downloads.

With each Sunday school lesson, I try to give the kids special verses, activities and pictures to color in. Below you will find the download links for the special verse of the day and more. -----------------------Please feel free to use them as you like for personal use in your own Sunday school classes. The wording and any images on this website are not to be sold or reproduced in any publications online or offline. -----------------------I drew these pictures so that you could add your own verses to them for the day.Color the edgings with marker pens and a little bit of glitter. You can hand them out to the children to take home as bible verses for the day, even better if each child has a separate book, they can paste it into their own book.How to Apply Wording in White Space of Picture.1) On adobe reader, select sign.2) Select add text.3) Type in verse or wording.4) Select file and save as.


You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open this pdf image. You can download Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download it without leaving this page).If you want to open the file in your browser window, just click on the link (not all browsers have this feature). However, if you want to download the file to view later, then right-click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open it.


Mustard Seed Coloring Pictures.

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Mustard Seed ~ Craft.

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Parables of Jesus

The light and salt of the world.

Treasures on earth and in heaven

Rewards in Heaven.

The parable of the sower.

The Parable of the Light.

The Parable of the Lamp.


The parable of the vineyard.

The Parable of the Talents.

The Parable of the lost sheep.

The Parable of the good Samaritan.

The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant.

Sermon on the mount

About Our Lessons

Dear Sunday school partners, all around the world. Please refer to your bible and compare to see if you agree with our children Sunday school lessons. 

The stories are not word for word out of the bible, they are created from my own thoughts. I am only human, so please check the stories out first before using them. 

These stories are based on easy words for children to understand, and my own thoughts. You are welcome to use your bible to add or take away. At the bottom there is space for you to give input and comments on the subjects. You are all welcome. We are there to make a difference in a child’s life so please come and let us work together for God’s kingdom.



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