Unit 17, Session 2: Jesus is Born (from Christmas Eve)
December 24, 2016 | by: Jessica Wilson | 0 Comments
Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? Did it just so happen that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem—the very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born? (Micah 5:2) God is in control of all things, which He showed by using a pagan emperor to bring about His plan.
After Jesus was born, Mary laid Him in a manger. A king in a manger! It was so unlikely. But Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent in the most humble of positions, “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).
Imagine the shepherds’ surprise when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared. The Bible says that they were terrified! But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David” (Luke 2:10-11).
What a relief! This angel had come to bring good news. First, he proclaimed a Savior. The people of Israel were well aware of their need for a Savior. They made sacrifices daily to atone for their sin. Finally, a Savior had come who would be the perfect sacrifice for sin, once and for all.
This is the best news ever! An army of angels appeared, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors” (Luke 2:14).
The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from sin and to be our King.
Help your kids understand that Jesus came because we needed him. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
FAMILY STARTING POINTS
Babies and Toddlers
- Jesus was born.
- Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
- Jesus is God’s Son.
- God sent Jesus to earth because He loves us.
- Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us
- Jesus was born as God promised.
- Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
- Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.
UNIT KEY PASSAGE
Daniel 2:20-21 (Preschool: Daniel 2:20)
Elementary: Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might. He changes times and seasons; he removes kings and sets up kings.
Preschool: Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and might.
FAMILY DISCUSSION STARTERS
•What are some things about Jesus’ birth that were strange?
•Do you think many people expected the Messiah to be born like this?
•How do you celebrate Jesus’ birth as a family?
•How would you feel if an angel appeared to you?
•How was Jesus’ birth different from how you would expect a king to be born?
•What makes Jesus different from other babies?
•As you exchange gifts with your family, talk about the difference between the world’s idea of Christmas (be good to earn good gifts) and God’s idea of Christmas (sending Jesus to save us though we cannot earn His good favor).
•Provide Christmas gifts for a family in need.
•Host a neighborhood Christmas party at your house and read the story of Jesus’ birth from the Bible.
•Visit a nursing home and sing Christmas carols to the residents.
Merry Christmas, REVO families! We hope to see you New Years Day at 11AM!