Did you know that there are seven “I am” statements in the Gospel of John? In addition, Christ says before Abraham was I am which is not a picture like the others but a statement of His identity.
Why not teach these I am statements to your kids and talk about what each of them illustrates about the Lord? They are all easy to understand.
I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE. Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to Me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in Me shall never thirst. (John 6:35)
I AM THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
I AM THE DOOR. I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9)
I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11)
I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, (John 11:25)
I AM THE WAY THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE. Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
I AM THE TRUE VINE “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. (John 15:1)
My suggestion would be to have them draw pictures of each of the illustrations – bread, a light, door, etc. For the “resurrection” they could draw the tomb. For the ‘”way,” they could draw a path.
Or, as a family, you could memorize the “I am” verses.