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Unit 19, Session 5: Jesus as a Child

The Gospel of Luke records just two narratives about Jesus’ childhood: His dedication (Luke 2:21-40) and His visit to the temple when He was 12 years old (Luke 2:41-52). The Gospel of Matthew includes another story: a visit from some wise men. These stories of Jesus as a child set the stage for Jesus’ ministry as an adult.

After Jesus was born, God put a star in the sky as a sign. Wise men from the east followed the star to Jerusalem, looking for a new king. They found Jesus, who was probably 1 or 2 years old, in Bethlehem and they worshiped Him as King. Later, Jesus and His family settled in Nazareth, where Jesus grew up.

In Bible times, a Jewish boy became a man at 13. His father would train him to take on all the responsibilities of adulthood—social and spiritual. Joseph was a carpenter, and he likely trained Jesus in his trade. When Mary and Joseph went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, Joseph might have taken Jesus, who was about 12, around the city to teach Him the significance of the temple and to explain the purpose of the Passover feast.

Jesus’ parents headed home after the feast. They assumed Jesus was among their traveling companions, but He wasn’t. Jesus had stayed behind at the temple. A full day passed before Mary and Joseph noticed Jesus was missing. They hurried back to Jerusalem and finally found Him at the temple. Jesus asked His mother, “Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” Mary and Joseph did not understand. But Jesus is God’s Son, and it was necessary that He honor His true Father. In all this, Jesus did not sin.

The Bible does not give many details about Jesus’ childhood, but we know that as Jesus got older, He grew “in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people” (Luke 2:52). Jesus carried out God’s plan to reconcile the world to Himself. (2 Cor. 5:19)

God sent Jesus to earth with a purpose. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to honor God. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.


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Jesus as a Child
 Matthew 2; Luke 2

 

God sent Jesus to earth with a purpose. Even as a child, Jesus wanted to honor God. God blessed Jesus as He got ready to follow His Father’s plan: to die on the cross and rescue people from sin.


STORY POINT:

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KEY VERSE:

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BIG PICTURE
QUESTION:

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Family
Discussion
Questions

  • How did Jesus surprise the people at the temple? How did Jesus understand so much?
  • What was God’s plan for Jesus?
  • Why were Mary and Joseph confused by Jesus' answer about being in His Father's house?
  • Jesus focused on pleasing the Father. What can you do that is pleasing to God?

Worship

Game Ideas

Where is it?
 

-Look around the room choose an item.
 
-Describe the item to  everyone else, mentioning its color and shape.

-Give additional clues and ask a kids if they  knows where the item is.
 
-Guide them to walk over and point to the item.

-Allow everyone to take turns describing items and guessing where each item is.
 
-Be prepared to offer assistance as needed.
 
 
 

                                                                     CONNECTION:

When Jesus was 12 years old, He went with His parents, Mary and Joseph, to Jerusalem. After the celebration, Mary and Joseph started traveling home with a large group of people. Later, they discovered Jesus was not with them! They did not know where He was. Listen to the Bible story to find out where
Jesus was.

Find the Star
 

-Hide a star-shaped paper cutout somewhere in the house.

-Invite your kids to find the star and bring it to you.
 
-For a competitive twist, hide multiple stars and see who can find the most in a given time limit.

 
 
CONNECTION:
 
The wise men who visited Jesus followed a bright star. When they found Jesus in Bethlehem, they presented Him with gold, frankincense, and myrrh—three valuable treasures. Jesus was no ordinary child, and His extraordinary nature would become more and more clear as He grew up. We’ll learn more about it
today.

Serving
Jesus

You're never too young to serve Jesus!

Even though we can't go and visit our neighbors or family members, we can still reach out to them! Choose someone to Facetime or video chat with as a family. Read them an encouraging Bible verse and offer to pray with them!

Family Time
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