Jesus God with Us

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1. HOOK: Save the Ants!

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  • (Show toy ant or picture of ant) Let’s say that for some strange reason, you really loved ants with all your heart. Let’s say that there was an ant colony near your house. You were careful not to step on those ants, and you would even leave food out for them. Let’s say that you loved each individual ant and wished that they could know that you loved them.One day, as the ants are venturing out in a line to forage for food, you notice that they are heading directly into a large pool of water, left behind by the thunderstorm. That would mean death for the ants! They would drown!How would you warn them? How in the world could you talk to an ant? (Let children offer their ideas.)Even if you waved your hands wildly, even if you got down on your belly and tried to look a teeny ant in the eye, you couldn’t make the ant understand.

    The only way that you’re going to get through to those ants, is to become an ant yourself. Can you imagine being an ant? Especially a very tiny one? It would be a dangerous experiment. You could get squashed.

    Maybe you would go through all that trouble to become an ant and they wouldn’t even listen to you. The ants that you love might drive you away. You might try to warn them about the pool of water and explain to them that you became an ant so that you could save them. Some might listen to you and others might not. But becoming an ant would be the only way to really communicate.

    A human becoming an ant? What a ridiculous story. But not as farfetched as a story about the Creator of Heaven and Earth becoming a helpless little baby, which is what happened 2,000 years ago, one Christmas day.

 

2. LESSON: Jesus God with Us (Matthew 1:22-25)

  • Matthew 1:22-2522 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”(which means “God with us”). 24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25 But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.
  • In the past few weeks, we learned a few identities of Jesus. The angel Gabriel appeared to Joseph and told him about the baby Mary was carrying. He would be:
    • King
    • Saviour
    • And as we learn today, Emmanuel — God with us!
  • All of us were like the ants. We were in danger. What were we in danger of? Death — the punishment for our sin.
  • But thankfully, we had Someone who loved us so very much and who wanted us to know how much He loved us. And this Someone wanted not only to warn us of danger but to save us from sin and death.
  • Who is this Someone? God! The Almighty Creator and Lord of everything.
  • Through the years, God sent people (prophets) to tell His people how much He loved them. But that was not enough. The prophets couldn’t save the people from sin.
  • So God had to make Himself as tiny and helpless as a baby, to be born a man, Jesus. He came so that He could talk to us, and tell us how much He loved us, and to give His life for us. He became Emmanuel — God with us!
  • Only a perfect man could take our punishment and die for our sins. And only God was perfect. He came to earth, to live a perfect, sinless life, to prove that He qualifies to be the sacrifice for our sins.
  • And after He died, He rose again and went to heaven. He sent His Spirit to come to live inside each and every one of us so that every moment, every day, wherever we are, God is with us! We are never alone anymore. He is truly Emmanuel!
  • God came to earth at Christmas and that is why we celebrate. Merry Christmas everyone! Dear Lord, thank you for sending your son, Jesus to our earth to show us how very much you love us. And thank you for being with us every moment, every day!

 

3. Activity Suggestions

Jesus Saviour

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1. HOOK: Lifesavers

  • Prepare paper plate lifesaver rings (cut a hole in the middle of the paper plate) for about half the number of children in your class.

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  • Divide the kids into 2 groups — each standing on each side of the room. One side is the shore. The other is the ocean.
  • Kids standing on the shore hold the lifesavers. And they have to throw the lifesavers like a Frisbee to those in the ocean. Whoever catches the lifsaver gets to be “saved” and come on shore. (practice with the plate to make sure it can fly etc)
  • How did the lifesavers help you play the game? <save us and bring us back to shore>
  • What’s the importance of lifesavers when you’re swimming? <help you to float and not sink>
  • Do you know you have a Life Saver who’s with you every day? <Jesus>
  • Jesus is our Life Saver. Our Saviour.

 

2. LESSON: Jesus Saviour (Matthew 1:18-21)

  • Matthew 1:18-2118 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly. 20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
  • The angel told Joseph to name the baby Jesus. The name Jesus means “God is Salvation”, that means Jesus is the Lord who saves, our Saviour.
  • What is a Savior?A savior is a deliver and preserver. For example, if you were sleeping in a burning house, and a fireman comes in and carries you to safety, he is your savior.
  • The word “save” comes from “sozo”, which also means to heal, protect and make whole. When Jesus saves us, He doesn’t just save us from our sins but He also makes us whole in every way.
  • How can Jesus be our Saviour?
    • The angel told Joseph that Jesus will save His people from their sins. How is that possible?
    • Even though Joseph was his earthly father, Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of a virgin — miracle birth. He was both man and God — a human birth through Mary, but divine nature through Holy Spirit.
    • Babies are born to have life. But Jesus was the only baby born to die. His sole aim in coming to earth is to give His life for you and for me.
    • In the Old Covenant, people would bring animals to be sacrificed at the temple for their sins. The animal had to be perfect without any blemish. Jesus was the perfect man … He lived a sinless life, and only He could save us from our sin. (If He had His own sin, He couldn’t pay for our sins; just like if someone can’t swim himself, he cannot save a drowning swimmer).
    • We all have sinned. We have all missed God’s mark of perfection.
    • <can play a simple target shooting game to illustrate, if time permits>
    • We deserve the punishment of death. But in His great love, Jesus, the perfect man, took our place in death and punishment on the cross.
    • But He didn’t stay dead. He rose from the death to show that He had final victory over death and sin. He paid the full price that we couldn’t pay!
  • Jesus saves forever!
    • Jesus’ work on the Cross was complete. He cried out, “It is Finished!”
    • Jesus’ death on the Cross paid for ALL our sins — past, present and future. What we did in the past, and what we do today and tomorrow and the years to come.
    • When we accept Jesus, His life and Spirit lives in us. We are a NEW Creation. We are born as a Child of God. And God never, ever lets us go. We are His children FOREVER.
    • This Christmas, let’s remember and celebrate the little baby Jesus that was born to save all of us from our sins and give us new life in Him forever!

 

3. Activity Suggestions:

Jesus King

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1. LESSON: Jesus King (Matthew 1:1-17)

  • It’s December already!
  • We’re entering the Christmas season. Why do we celebrate Christmas? <invite response>
  • Christmas comes once a year, and we usually start preparing for it around this time.
  • But do you know God prepared for Christmas a long, long time ago? He planned and prepared for the coming of His son, Jesus, into this world even from the very beginning.
  • It was not an afterthought, a last-minute decision or a Plan B.
  • God always knew that He would have to send His one and only begotten Son to come to give His life to save the world He loves.
  • The 1st chapter of Matthew traces Jesus’ lineage from Abraham, to whom God promised to make the Father of many nations and from whom will come a Seed who will bless the whole world. (Gen 12:3)

REVIEW: JESUS’ LINEAGE

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  • So this Christmas, we can celebrate this King who came to give His life for us so that we can be Princes and Princesses of God!

 

2. Suggested Activities

  • King-related activity/craft

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Christmas: Magi come to worship Jesus

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1. LESSON

  • We’ve been looking at various Biblical prophecies about Jesus’ birth: 
    • A Messiah from the line of David will come 
    • A virgin will be of child
    • The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem
  • Today we look at another essential part of the Christmas story — the Magi/ Wisemen / Kings that visited Jesus (Matt 2:1-16)
  • Usually in Christmas cards and nativity plays, we see a picture of 3 Wisemen who visited baby Jesus in a stable, together with the shepherds.

 

  • But in reality:
    • We don’t know how many there were; at least 2 or more (Matthew uses the plural “we”). There were 3 gifts mentioned — gold, frankincense and myrrh — hence the idea of 3 kings. 
    • The wisemen visited Jesus in a house (Matthew 2:11), not the stable. So it was not at the same time as the shepherds.
    • Jesus was probably aged between 40 days to 2 years old at the time of the visit.
  • The wisemen from the east travelled to visit Jesus because they saw a sign — a supernaturally bright star. They entered Jerusalem and asked around, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” 
  • The star led them ahead and stopped over the place where Jesus was staying. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
  • This fulfilled the prophecies by Isaiah and Solomon — Kings will worship the King of Kings
    • Isaiah 60:3, 6 Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn … Herds of camels will cover your land, young camels of Midian and Ephah. And all from Sheba will come, bearing gold and incense and proclaiming the praise of the Lord
    • Psalm 72:10-11 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him.May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts. May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him.
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  • The gifts that the wisemen gave Jesus were also prophetic in nature: 
    • Gold:symbol of Kingship — Jesus is KING and GOD 
    • Frankincense: used in temple worship — Jesus lived a HOLY and RIGHTEOUS life
    • Myrrh: used to embalm the dead — Jesus was born to DIE for us so that you and I can live!
  • Conclusion: 
    • The wisemen brought gifts for Jesus. We all love to receive gifts at Christmas, don’t we?
    • That first Christmas day, we had the biggest and greatest gift in the world! His name was Jesus. 
    • This Christmas season, with all the beautiful and wonderful presents we’ve received, let’s take some time to remember that it’s all about Jesus — the best present of all!
    • Video: Best present of all
    • As this is the last lesson of the year, take time to break into small groups and get them to share what it means to have Jesus in their hearts. If there are any who do not yet Jesus, lead them to accept Jesus, the best present of all.

Christmas: Shepherds heard the Good News!

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1. LESSON

  • Last week, we talked about a special visitor for Mary and Joseph and how a government ruling made them travel all the way from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This was done so God’s prophecy would be fulfilled — the Saviour will be born in Bethlehem.
  • Let’s find out what happened the night Jesus was born, according to Luke 2:8-20.

  • The lowly shepherds heard the good news first
    • The first people to find out about Jesus’ birth were not important dignitaries or VVIPs. They were lowly shepherds who had to spend the night in the fields to keep watch over their flocks and ensure their safety. 
    • We don’t know why God decided to announce the birth to the shepherds first. Perhaps He wanted them to know that the Good Shepherd of the world has come! Do you remember Psalm 23? The Lord is my Shepherd …
    • The angels announced the good news with joy 

    • Angels were not cute little cherubs with pretty white dresses. Real angels were large and glorious and can look a bit intimidating.
    • In the dark of the night, an angel appearing can be a frightening sight, and the shepherds were terrified. 
    • But the first thing the angel said was, “Don’t be afraid.”
    • The angel brought “good news” of “great joy”.
    • Then the angel was joined by a vast host of others, like a whole choir in the sky, shining brightly. They all praised God saying, “Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.”
    • The birth of Jesus IS good news for all of us, and it brings great joy and peace to all of us!
    • The baby was wrapped in strips of cloth, lying in a manger. 

    • The King of Kings, the Saviour of the world, did not have a bed of His own when He was born. He was wrapped in cloths and laid in the feeding trough of animals. 
    • The manger is not a nice, comfortable baby cot. It’s cold, dark and dirty. It’d be full of mud, animal dung, must and mold. 
    • The manger is a picture of our hearts and lives. 
      • Our hearts are cold because we do not know God’s love
      • Our hearts are dark because we do not have His light of salvation 
      • Our hearts are dirty because of sin
    •  But the miracle of Christmas is that Jesus is willing to be born into hearts like that! No matter how cold your heart is, Jesus is willing to be born there. No matter how dark your heart is, Jesus is willing to be born there. No matter dirty your heart is, or how sinful your life has been, Jesus is willing to come in, enter and clean your heart. 
    • Jesus meets us at a place where we are utterly lost, hopeless and helpless. And when we invite him into the manger of our hearts and lives, He transforms it into something beautiful.
  • The shepherds responded to the good news

    • When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about. 
    • Every one of us should have a chance to hear the good news about Jesus — the One who came to give His life for us so that we can live.
    • Like the shepherds, we should also respond to the good news and accept Jesus’ gift of His life and love for us.
    • And just like them, once we get to know Jesus, we will be able to glorify and praise God for all that He has done for us on the cross!
  •  Conclusion 
    • Invite the children to accept the good news of Jesus this Christmas just as the shepherds did.
Reference: Why the manger

Prophecy: Jesus will be born in Bethlehem

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1. LESSON

  • Last week, we talked about a special visitor for Mary and Joseph. Who visited them? An angel, that’s right! What did the angel tell them? That they would be having a baby! Their baby would be special because He was from God.
  • The Bible tells us that God made a promise to King David. God promised him that one of his great, great, great, great, great children would be king forever. That was a promise from God that He would send Jesus.
  • [extra info] In the Bible, we read that King David came from the very first man, Adam. He came by way of some other names you will remember: Noah (and his son Shem), Abraham (and his son Isaac), Isaac’s son Jacob, a man named Salmon (and his wife Rahab). Rahab’s son Boaz (and his wife Ruth). Ruth’s grandson was Jesse, King David’s father. Many kings followed David until a man name Jacob had a son whom he named Joseph. Joseph was the husband of Mary, the mother of the Messiah!
  • Prophecy #3: Jesus will be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2) nazareth bethlehem
  • God had given promises all along the way. The people believed and waited. One of those promises, though, was that the Messiah would be born in King David’s town, Bethlehem. It was a small town.
  • Not only was Jesus King David’s forever king, but God promised — through the prophet Micah 750 years before Jesus’ birth — that Jesus would be born in King David’s town, Bethlehem.  
  • Micah 5:2
    “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,

    though you are small among the clans of Judah,out of you will come for me
    one who will be ruler over Israel,
    whose origins are from of old,
    from ancient times.”
  • But there was a small problem. Joseph and Mary lived far away in the town of Nazareth — about 130km. That’s a very long way without a car! People back then didn’t travel around the way we do today and they didn’t travel very much. When they did, they walked and sometimes rode donkeys. And Mary, who was very heavily pregnant, didn’t have any travel plans.
  • But God made a promise and He had a plan. God used a leader named Caesar Augustus. Caesar Augustus thought he was very important and wanted to count all the people in his empire. Little did he know that God gave him that idea to get Joseph and Mary exactly where they needed to be for His promise to come true!
  • Caesar Augustus made a law. Everyone in the entire Roman Empire must go to the town of their ancestors to be registered. That meant Joseph had to go to Bethlehem. So Joseph obeyed the law and went. He left Nazareth and went to the area of Judea. Bethlehem was in Judea. Joseph went there with his wife, Mary. (Luke 2:1-5)
  • We all know that Christmas story:
    • how Joseph and Mary travelled to Bethlehem (a journey that would have probably taken a week for them in Mary’s condition)
    • how they couldn’t find room because it was so crowded and full of people returning to their hometown
    • how an innkeeper let them stay with his animals
    • and how the King of Kings was born that day as a little baby and laid in a manger (where the animals feed) in the little town of Bethlehem.
  • That night, an angel appeared to shepherds in the field and declared to them: “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11)
  •  CONCLUSION
    • If God had a plan to get Joseph and Mary to a certain town for His Son’s birth, don’t you think He has a plan for you, too? He does! And just as God made a king want to count his people, God can and will do anything to make His plan for you come true.
    • The beginning of that plan, though, is to believe His promise. God sent His One and Only Son from heaven to earth for you. Will you accept God’s giftof His Son this Christmas season? You’ll never receive a better one!

  • 2. SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

    • Sing: “O Little Town of Bethlehem” vid; or with lyrics.
    • Memory Verse: Luke 2:11 “Unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

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Prophecy: Jesus will be born of a virgin

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1. HOOK: Matching game: Animal & their young

  • Prepare separate pix of animals and their young for kids to match them.
    • E.g. What do dogs give birth to? Puppies.
      What do cats give birth to? Kittens.
      How about snakes? They lay eggs that hatch into baby snakes.
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  • Just like we get puppies from dogs, what do we get from sinners? Yup, more sinners. 
  • Last week we heard about how when Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Because Adam sinned, his children, grandchildren, great, great, great, great children and everyone in this world are born as sinners. We know the result of sin is death. 
  • But God promised that a descendant of the Eve will defeat the serpent. God wanted to change our family line so that we will not continue to be sinners but become righteous. Today we know He was talking about Eve’s great, great, great, great …. Great, grandson, Jesus.
  • One thing we cannot choose in life is who our parents are. But long before Jesus was born — a few hundred years before, in fact — God’s prophet, Isaiah, had already told the people what sort of person Jesus’ mother would be.
2.  Lesson:We are part of a great family, thanks to Jesus!
  •  Prophecy #2: Jesus will be born of a virgin 
    • Isaiah the prophet said, Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”(Isa 7:14)
    • The mother of the Saviour of the world would be a virgin. (A virgin is someone who had never had any sexual relationship with another person.) This was special because virgins don’t get pregnant. You need both a father and a mother to become pregnant. But in Jesus’ case, there will only be a mother. God Himself will be the father, not a man. 
    • Hundreds of years after Isaiah, there was a young teenage girl lady called Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph. 
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    • Based on Luke 1:36-38:
      • One day, God sent the angel Gabriel to Mary. The angel greeted her as “favoured one”.  Mary was troubled and wondered what he meant. Mary remembered that there were times in the past, God sent His angel to punish people for their sins. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary. God is pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God. He will rule forever over his people and His kingdom will never end.” 
      • “How can this happen?” Mary asked the angel. “I am a virgin.” Remember, virgins can’t get pregnant, so Mary was very surprised.
      • But the angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come to you and the power of God will cover you. The one is born will be called the Son of God. Nothing is impossible with God.” 
      • Mary answered. “May it happen to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her. 
    • True enough, Mary later became pregnant by the Holy Spirit and gave birth to Jesus. The prophecy from Isaiah hundreds of years ago had been fulfilled!
  • Why did Jesus have to born of a virgin? <for older classes> 
    • If Joseph had been Jesus’ biological father, Jesus would have been a normal sinful person.
    • But God’s Holy Spirit made Mary pregnant so that God could become a man and live with us and die for us.
    • The great God of heaven and earth came down as a helpless little baby to live together with man. He became Immanuel: God with us!
    • Jesus was 100% God, yet 100% man. Jesus was also 100% holy and sinless. So when we believe in Jesus, we become “born again” into God’s family. We now no longer have Adam’s DNA. We have Jesus’ DNA.
    • Just like what we discussed earlier: Dogs give birth to puppies; sinners give birth to sinners. But if God is our Father, we are now God’s children. If Jesus is holy, then we are holy!
    • Mary was troubled and thought the angel had come to punish her. But the angel called her “favoured one.” 
    • Jesus came and took all the punishment for our sins on the cross so that today, we can be God’s favoured and beloved children!  Thank you Jesus!
  • Memory Verse: Isaiah 7:14Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” 
  • for younger kids: “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

Christmas: Pass the Parcel

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Tell the Christmas story via a simple interactive party game.

A Son is Given

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 1. Lesson:
  • Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given
  • Why do we celebrate Christmas? To remember God coming down to earth as a little baby.
  • When man chose not to rely on God but to go their own way, they were separated from God by sin. Nothing they did could bring them back to God. We were lost. Hopeless. Helpless.
  • But God had a solution — Thousands of years ago, God promised that He will send a very special Saviour to save us. He would send Himself.
  • This Saviour was special. He would be:
    •  A Child
    •  A Son
  • A Child:
    • God could have come as a tall, strong captain on a big horse. He could have come in a super fast space ship. He could have zoomed in like Superman.
    • But instead He chose to come as little helpless baby, a child. He was born and put in a smelly manger.
    • Man was the one who sinned. So man had to pay the price for the sin. So God had to be a man to pay the price for our sin.
    • He came down as a baby, lived a perfect life, and died on the cross to pay our sin for us.
  • A Son:
    • God could have come as a tall, strong captain on a big horse. He could have come in a super fast space ship. He could have zoomed in like Superman.
    • God didn’t just send an angel, or a very good man to save us.
    • He sent us His very best — His Son.
    • Why would He give His very best for a people who hated Him and didn’t care about Him? Because of His great love.
    • Jesus Himself tells us: “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  • Even though we made the decision to go our own way and were separated from God, God gave us His Son to die on the cross, pay for our sin and open the way back to Him.
  • All of us who trust in Jesus will not perish (die) but have eternal life — we can be with God forever.
  • This Christmas, let’s thank God for the precious gift of His Son, Jesus, who came as Child so that we all can call God “Father” and be with Him forever!
  • If anyone would like to receive this gift of Jesus and trust in Him, please pray together with me:
    •  Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to earth 2,000 years ago as a little baby, a little child. You lived a perfect life. You died in my place. Because of You, I can be a son and daughter of God and be with Him forever. I receive Your love and your gift of eternal life. In Your name I pray, Amen!
  • Memory verse: John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
 
4. Activity Suggestion
  • Memory verse game: any simple activity to help kids to memorise John 3:16
  • Word search 

The Magi’s Gifts

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Lesson: Jesus’ Divinity, Holiness and Death

This is a good lesson to use for Christmas or to start off a series on Jesus’ life and ministry.
1. Story: 
Tell the story of the 3 Magi (wise men) based on Matthew 2:1-12.
You can use simple props like crowns or boxes in Christmas wrappers.
You can have a picture card of each box to depict the Magi’s gifts or something to symbolise the gift (e.g. a gold ring/coin, incense sticks, and a small perfume bottle)

2. Lesson:

  • The 3 Gifts: Gold, Incense, Myrrh
  • These are unusual gifts to give a baby. But these gifts foretold what the baby will do when He grows up.
  • What is gold?
    • Have you seen gold? E.g. mummy’s ring, daddy’s gold coin, king’s crown etc
    • Gold is something very very precious.
    • Gold is something we give to the king because it’s so valuable.
    • The wisemen gave Jesus gold because they recognised Him as the King of kings.
  • What is incense?
    • People burn incense when they pray/worship in the temple.
    • The wisemen gave Jesus incense because they recognised Jesus as holy and wanted  to worship Him.
  • What is myrrh?
    • When someone dies, they put myrrh to keep the body from rotting so fast. It talks about death.
    • The wisemen gave Jesus myrrh to symbolise His mission on earth — to give up His life and die for all of us.
    • “…just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph 5:2)
  • Ok … let’s revise:
    • Gold tells us that Jesus is the …? King!
    • Incense tells us that Jesus is …? Holy!
    • Myrrh tells us that Jesus …? Died for us!
  • Do you know … the wisemen gave special gifts to Jesus. Jesus also gave us special gifts!
  • When we receive Jesus
    • We become children of the King of kings
      • “…by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…”  (2 Pet 1:4).
    • We become holy
      • …and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Eph 4:24).
    • We have His life
      •  He died to take the punishment for our sins so that we can be ALIVE in Him
      • “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions” (Eph 2:4)
 
3. Prayer:
Who wants to be children of the King? Who wants to be holy? Who wants to have eternal life?
Thank you Jesus that though You were King, you came to be with us.
Thank you Jesus that You lived a holy life so that I can have your righteousness.
Thank you Jesus that You gave Your life for me so that I have eternal life.
Thank you Jesus that I’m now a child of God forever.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
 
Have kids to choose one of the 3 gifts and thank Jesus for what they mean to them. 
e.g. “Thank you Jesus that I can be the child of a King,” “Thank you that because of You, I am holy and clean,” “Thank you that Myrrh reminds me that I have eternal life because Jesus died for me.”
4. Activity Ideas:
a. Song: Three Wisemen (sung to the tune of “Three Blind Mice”)
    Three wise men, three wise men.
    Followed the star, followed it far.
    They followed the star to Bethlehem
    Bowed down and worshiped the newborn king
    Gave gold, and myrrh, and frankincense,
    To Jesus the king. 
 
b. Activity sheet: Wisemen Maze
 
c. Colouring: 3 Wisemen
 
d. Craft: The Magi’s Gifts
Stick items that depict each gift (e.g. gold chocolate wrapper, frankincense and myrrh incense sticks) onto a card and write what they remind us about Jesus.




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Youth Bible Study

Leader’s Guide
The Magi’s Gifts
  1. Read Matthew 2:1-12
  1. Who were the main characters?
Magi – Wise men, “Kings”; Learned astrologers / astronomers; advisors to kings; From the East; Followed star; How many??

King Herod – Greatly troubled; Prophecy: ruler from Bethlehem; Tricked Magi: “So that I may worship him”

Baby Jesus – Overjoyed; Bowed down and worshiped him; Opened their treasures: gold, incense and myrrh; Dream warning; returned to their country by another route.

  1. What were the gifts presented to baby Jesus?
Gold, incense and myrrh
    1. These were rather unusual gifts. What were they normally used for and what did they symbolise?

Gold: Most precious metal – Divinity: Symbol of Kingship; Recognised Jesus as GOD

Incense/Frankincense: Used in temple incense as worship – Holiness & Righteousness: Jesus lived a HOLY and RIGHTEOUS life Myrrh: Used as embalming agent for dead bodies – Suffering & Death; Jesus was born to DIE for us “…just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph 5:2)

  1. These gifts were prophetic of Jesus’ ministry. What do they mean for us today?

a. Gold = We share Jesus’ divine nature when we accept Him as our Saviour
“…by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…” (2 Pet 1:4).

b. Frankincense = When we receive the gift of salvation (Gold), we will be holy
‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool’”
(Isaiah 1:18)
…and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
(Eph 4:24).

c. Myrrh: He died to take the punishment for our sins so that we can be ALIVE in Him
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions”
(Eph 2:4)

  1. What is one thing that Jesus has done that you can thank God for?
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