Bible Story

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Merry Christmas: Jesus was Born

God’s plan all along was to send His Son into the world to save sinners. At just the right time, God the Son “emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity” (Phil. 2:7). The birth of Jesus was a miracle.

The Gospels of Matthew and Luke begin by giving details of the Messiah’s birth: Mary became pregnant by the Holy Spirit and gave birth to a son. The baby was God’s Son, and He had an earthly father—Joseph. As the angel had instructed, Joseph named the baby Jesus.

The apostle John began his Gospel in a different way. John 1:1 parallels the words of Genesis 1: “In the beginning … ” In the beginning, God spoke creation into existence. Everything was created through God the Son. (Col. 1:16) John names Jesus as “the Word.” (John 1:3)

John 1 provides a bigger picture to accompany the story found in Luke 2:1-20. “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14). As you talk with your kids about Jesus’ birth, help them realize why Jesus came. Jesus did not enter an already good world that simply needed some guidance and improvement. He came into a dark world cursed by sin to a people who were spiritually dead.

The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world as a human to bring us life. He brought light into darkness and showed us what God is like.

 


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Jesus was Born

(John 1)

The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world as a human to bring us life. He brought light into darkness and showed us what God is like.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family Discussion Questions

  • What did you learn about Jesus and the Word from the Bible story?
    What do you know about Jesus’ birth?
    How does Jesus show us what God is like?
  • What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
    What are some ways you can focus on the true meaning of Christmas?
    What kind of life does Jesus give?

Worship

Game Idea

Christmas Words

 

 -Play a word association game with the kids.

-Say words associated with Christmas traditions common where you live.

-Encourage the kids to respond with the first different word they think of.

-You may record their words on a piece of paper or dry erase board.

0Suggested words: Christmas, manger, holly, star, gift, baby, and so forth.

 

 

 

CONNECTION:

We have a lot of things we connect in our brains with Christmas. When you think of the holiday, you may think of presents, decorations, or special cookies. The most important part of Christmas is Jesus’ coming into the world. We will learn more about Jesus, and why He came to earth as a human.

Serving
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This Christmas season, think of a way you can show love to those who may be in a nursing home this Christmas and may not be able to see any of their family members. Call a nursing home near you, and ask them the best thing you could do to help.