Lesson Learned: Angels told shepherds that Jesus had been born.
Materials Needed: play-doh
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Talking Points: For a long time, some people had been waiting for Jesus to be born. When the angel came to tell the shepherds that Jesus had been born, they were witnesses to a miracle. They ran as fast as they could to see him. They couldn’t wait!
Questions: Who appeared to the shepherds at night? What did he tell them? What did the shepherds do after they heard the angels’ message? What do you do when your excited about something?
Activity: Have fun making an angel and some sheep out of play-doh. Hold the angel up and declare that Jesus has been born in Bethlehem.
Prayer: Praise and honor and glory are all Yours, Heavenly Father. Thank You for sending Your Son to us. Amen!