Updated: Jan 14
Merry Christmas! Today is our last lesson of December and the last lesson of the year. Next week, we will begin some lessons from the Old Testament. Let’s review.
First, we met Mary—who had an angel come and tell her good news. Then we met Joseph—who was visited in a dream by an angel. Then we met the shepherds—who were told about the good news by an angel while they were in the fields and saw a whole lot of angels. What is this good news they were all told about?
Let’s see what’s in our Bible Story Box today.
(Have kids pull out baby Jesus and a small box for the trough)
Remember when we learned about Joseph, he was taking Mary on a trip to his hometown to be counted for the census? Well, when they arrived in Bethlehem—where Joseph was from—it was time for the baby to be born. But Joseph and Mary couldn’t find anywhere to stay. If we go out of town, we usually stay in a hotel room or an Airbnb. But Joseph and Mary couldn’t find anywhere to stay because it was very crowded with everyone there for the census.
So, when it was time for Jesus to be born, he was born in a place where they keep animals. And after he was wrapped up warm and snuggly, they laid him in a feeding box for the animals—that was his bed. Can you lay baby Jesus in the feeding box—the Bible calls it a manger.
And remember the shepherds? The angel told them about baby Jesus and they decided to go see for themselves. This is what the Bible says:
So the shepherds went quickly and found Mary and Joseph. And the shepherds saw the baby lying in a feeding box. Then they told what the angels had said about this child. Everyone was amazed when they heard what the shepherds said to them….Then the shepherds went back to their sheep, praising God and thanking him for everything that they had seen and heard. It was just as the angel had told them. (Luke 2:16-20)
But wait! Jesus had some more visitors after he was born! Some wise men called Magi travelled from the east when they saw a special star in the sky. They travelled until they found baby Jesus and gave him very expensive, special gifts called gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And we are SO happy that Jesus was born and came to live on earth with us and grew up to be our Savior! Remember to read this story in your Bibles when you get home.
Don’t forget to get a Bible Story Bag on the way back to your seat. Thank you for listening.
Ideas for Bible Story Bags:
Baby Jesus Song (just follow the link to print in color and you will have the printables and song. This is a fun song to sing with children and you can use the stick figures that have come home on previous weeks)
Sew a Baby Jesus (for older kids)
How to Draw the Nativity (for older kids)