Jesus is the best present

Categories: Children's Church

1. HOOK: Christmas present

  • Can anyone tell me what is special day is this coming Wednesday? Yes, it’s Christmas! How many of you are happy or excited that it’s Christmas? Ask the children to share why they look forward to celebrating Christmas.
  • (You may also wish to wrap up one gift which you plan to give the children and say that “I have a present for all of you – can you guess what it is?”. Let them guess, and distribute after the lesson.)
  • For those families who celebrate Christmas, the children usually also look forward to Christmas because they like receiving presents. How many of you like receiving presents?
  • But whether people celebrate Christmas or not, whether they know Jesus or not, there is one present that has been given to everyone, old or young, no matter what background, race or religion which is the BEST present of all. Can you guess what it is?
  • The Bible says that God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son. Who is the one and only Son whom God gave to us? Jesus. The best present is Jesus!!

 

2. LESSON: Jesus is the best present

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  • Jesus is the best present we can have because:
    • He gives us eternal life. Anyone who believes in Jesus will not die but will have eternal life (John 3:16). We don’t have to worry where we will go after our life on this earth is over. We know that for those of us who accepted Jesus as their saviour, when we leave this earth, we will go to heaven, a wonderful place that Jesus has prepared for us.
    • He gives us life to the full. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” We can have a good life because we have Jesus with us. He is our joy, peace, protection, healing, provision, Saviour, God. No matter whatever situation we are in, whether there are problems at home or in school, we don’t have to be afraid or worry. Jesus is always with us and in us. No one is greater than Jesus and no one loves us more than him. He even gave his life for us. We can trust that Jesus will take care of us as he has promised.
  • God gave Jesus to the world. This means you, me and everyone else. Have you received Jesus as your Saviour? If you haven’t received, today would you like to receive the best present of all? Pray with together with those who indicated they want to receive Jesus.
  • This Christmas season, whatever presents you may get, remember that you have the best present of all – Jesus.

 

3. Activity Suggestions

Jesus God with Us

Categories: Children's Church

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

Categories: Children's Church

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

Categories: Children's Church

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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