Lesson Learned: Jesus was born to save YOU!
Materials Needed: piece of cardstock, glue, printer
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An 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. 17 When 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.
21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
Talking Points: We’ve been learning so much about Christmas this year and why it is so important. It’s important because God sent His Son, Jesus, down from Heaven to teach us about Him and to show us how to love one another. Jesus’ birth was all part of His great plan to take away our sin so that we could one day go to Heaven to be with Jesus and God forever. Our Savior, born so long ago, died and rose for YOUR salvation. Praise God!
Questions: Who did Jesus come to save? Why do you think God sent His Son to be born?
Your Very Own Christmas Story
Print out the verses above (I printed it out in 2 columns in a word-processing document) using a computer and printer. Cut a piece of cardstock in half and fold. Glue the Christmas story (the printed off verses) into the cardstock like a story book. Print or write out the child’s name for their very own copy of the Christmas Story. Let them help you decorate the front.
We took the opportunity to read the story out loud before dinner and each person had their own copy of the Christmas Story.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You are so great and mighty and You sent Your own Son to save me! Thank You for sending Him and thank You for a wonderful, fun, Christmas Day! Amen!