Background: This week’s lesson deals with the specifics of Jesus’ birth. We’ll learn about God’s control in fulfilling His promises, and bringing people to Jesus to worship him as King. In the Old Testament, God prophesied that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of God’s promised Savior. Micah 5:2 says, “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah…from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old…” So in Matthew chapter 2 and Luke chapter 2 we see the writers signaling the fulfillment of OT prophecy. Jesus was promised to be the Savior, and this shows that Jesus is fully man.
Opening/Ice Breaker: Have you ever made a promise that you kept for many years? Well this week we learned that one promise God kept was that he would send a Savior for the world. Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people needed a savior from their spiritual enemy: sin, and that Savior was Jesus.
Tell the Story: Last week we learned that the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would be the mother of God’s promised Savior. In those days, Caesar Augustus, wanted to count every person in his empire, but everyone had to travel to his own hometown to do so. Mary traveled with Joseph, her fiancé, to Bethlehem because Joseph’s family was from there. Seeing as Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father, was from Bethlehem, he had to travel with Mary there, and Mary was already pregnant with Jesus. When they arrived to Bethlehem, there was no room for them at the inn! So, Jesus was born in a stable, where animals were kept, and he was laid in a manger, or feeding trough. Then an angel appeared to some shepherds. Read Luke 2:8-20. The shepherds worshiped Jesus as the promised Savior of the world. That’s not the end of this passage though. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem asking to see where the king of the Jews was. They were looking for Jesus. But the evil King Herod wanted to kill Jesus. So he told the wise men to find the boy, and tell him where he was. The wise men left for Jerusalem and found Jesus, and worshiped him as king. But the wise men were warned in a dream about King Herod’s evil plan, and they went back to their home a different way.
- Who is our Savior?
- What did the shepherds and the wise men do when they found Jesus? (They worshiped).
- What does worshiping someone show? (It shows that person is worthy of praise and respect for who they are or what they have done. Jesus is worshiped because he is God.)
- What promise did Jesus fulfill? (To free God’s people from sin.)
- Some times promises take a long time to be fulfilled, but we can trust God’s promises because nothing can separate us from his love (Romans 8:38-39).
Talk to your kids about what worship is (respect, adoration, praise, thanks), why worship Jesus (because he is God and is our Savior), and why we worship together as the church (because with other Christians, we build each other up to worship God more).
REVIEW one of these doctrine memory questions, or the month’s memory verse by having your kids repeat it after you.
Gospel Project Big Picture Question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Memory Verse: Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. 1 Timothy 1:15
Additional resources can be found in the Gospel Project for Kids app under Unit 19 - Session 3