Prophecy: Jesus will be born in Bethlehem

Categories: Children's Church

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.”

The Big Picture: Prophecies about Jesus

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1. HOOK: Guess the picture

  • Show a picture bit by bit until it’s fully revealed. Get kids to guess what it is as soon as they can. 
  • Can use this Kids Countdown or create your own pictures.

2. LESSON 

  • The BIG PICTURE 
    • Wasn’t guessing the pictures fun? Sometimes we see only a small part, and we don’t know what it is until all the many parts come together to form a big picture.
    • That’s what God did for us. He had a plan from the beginning of time, and through thousands of years, He revealed bits of the puzzle, little by little, through His prophets.
    • What was this big picture? That Jesus will come to save the world from sin. 
    • There were more than 300 clues/prophecies about Jesus recorded in the Bible. We’ll look at some of them in the next few weeks. One of the earliest prophecies about Jesus was revealed early on, way back in the Garden of Eden.

  • The BIG PROBLEM
    • You see, back in the Garden of Eden, we were all in trouble. God told the first man Adam and the first woman Eve not to eat from the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
    • But the snake (the devil) tempted them and lied to them, telling Adam and Eve that they can be like God if they ate the fruit.
    • So Adam and Eve believed the snake. They disobeyed God and ate the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. When they did that, they sinned. And the punishment for sin is death!
    • Because of one man, Adam, sin entered the world, and everyone after that (including you and me) were separated from God. That means ALL of us would have to die because of sin — the wrong that we do! 
    • “When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” (Romans 5:12) 
    • That’s a BIG problem.
  • The BIG SOLUTION 
    • Thankfully, God loved us soooo much that He already had a BIG solution to our BIG problem — Jesus would come to earth to die, so that you and I can live in Him.
      • Prophecy #1: Jesus will defeat Satan
      • Even in the Garden of Eden, God told the snake (devil) that one day, one of Eve’s descendants will destroy Him.
      • Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” 
      • Adam and Eve didn’t understand it then. But one day, Eve’s great, great, great, great …. great grandson would be born as a little, helpless baby. 
      • He would grow up and do many wonderful miracles. 
      • But when he was 33 years old, he would die. On the cross. Not because he did anything wrong. But he would allow Himself to suffer and die on the cross and take all the punishment for our sin — from Adam until the end of time.
      • That little boy, Eve’s great, great, great, great …. great grandson, was Jesus.
      • Satan thought he had power over all of us because of sin. But on the cross, Jesus defeated Satan and paid for all our sin, so Satan had no more power over us. Game over!
      • Because of Adam, sin entered the world and we had to die. 
      • Because of Jesus, we can have His righteousness. We can live in Him, and He in us! 
      • “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.” (Romans 5:19)
      • Memory Verse: John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 
  • Today, any of us who believes in Jesus will not die but have eternal life. If you would like to accept Jesus, you can accept Him today. If you have already accepted Jesus, you can thank Him for coming to die for you and give you eternal life!