Stepping Stones Sunday Lesson
April 19, 2020
*This plan is taken from “The Gospel Project for Kids” curriculum
Unit 19: Session 3—Jesus is Born
Bible passage: Matthew 2:1-12; Luke 2: 1-20
Main point: Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior
Key passage (Memory passage for the unit): 1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.”
Big picture question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Session starter activity:
Last week we celebrated Resurrection Day or Easter; the day that Jesus was raised to life after being crucified for our sins. Today we are going backwards in time to talk about another special day: the day Jesus was born. If you knew a new baby was being born, what kind of gifts would you all get for that new baby? Would you ever think of giving gold or a special perfume for a burial? That would be strange but in today’s story, we will hear about some men who did just that!
Big picture question and Bible Timeline:
We have already learned about Mary’s response when God chose her to be Jesus’ mother. She praised God and told Him she was willing to be used for such a wonderful job, even if she didn’t understand how it worked. She knew that Jesus was going to be different than any other baby who had ever been born. Jesus is fully God and fully man. This week we are going to talk about the night God’s promised Savior Jesus finally arrived.
Tell the Bible Story: Read Matthew 2:1-12 and Luke 2:1-20. **Try to have the kids find the passage on their own. If they have trouble, remind them that Mark is the first book and Luke is the third book in the New Testament. They are two of the four Gospels.
After reading the text, say:
This is one of the most well-known stories in the whole Bible. Even though we know the details, it is important we don’t forget how important this story is. Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior. We even have an entire holiday to celebrate this special event—Christmas.
Jesus’ birth was similar to other births, but it was very different also. No other person’s birthday was marked by stars in the sky, proclaimed by angels, and promised by God from the very beginning. Jesus was laid in a feeding trough—a humble bed for any baby but especially for God’s infinitely valuable Son. Jesus was visited by shepherds and even wise men with strange gifts! Jesus received gold, frankincense, and myrrh—symbols that Jesus was no ordinary baby. Those gifts were fit for a king. The wise men knew Jesus was different. What makes him different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
The shepherds who visited Jesus heard from the angels that Jesus is the Messiah. After meeting Him, they went out to tell others the good news. When the wise men saw the star, they knew that something special was going on. They went to visit Jesus, knowing He was a King. All along, God had made promises about a King who would reign forever. God had promised a Savior, the Messiah, who would rescue God’s people.
You see even before Jesus was born, God had a special plan for Him. Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior. Jesus would live a perfectly obedient life, teaching and preaching about God. Then He would die on the cross for sin. On the third day, Jesus would rise again, defeating death and making the only way for us to be forgiven of sin and live forever with God.
When we trust in Jesus, He changes our lives just as He changed the lives of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, and the wise men. Jesus changes our lives by giving us new hearts to love God and want to obey Him.
Bible Review Questions:
- Mary and Joseph traveled to what city? (Bethlehem, the city of David; Luke 2:4)
- What happened while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem? (Mary gave birth to her firstborn Son, Jesus; Luke 2:6-7)
- What good news did the angel tell the shepherds? (“A Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.” Luke 2:11)
- Where did the shepherds go when the angels left? (to Bethlehem; Luke 2:15)
- What did the shepherds do when they left Bethelehem? (They told others about Jesus, glorified God, and praised Him; Luke 2:17-18, 20)
- How did the wise men know that Jesus had been born? (they had seen His star in the east; Matt 2:2)
- What gifts did the wise men give Jesus? (gold, frankincense, and myrrh; Matt 2:11)
- Why didn’t the wise men tell Herod where Jesus was? (God warmed them in a dream not to tell him; Matt 2:12)
- Why was Jesus born? (Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior, Luke 2:11)
- What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Key verse review:
Have the kids write the key passage on a notecard or paper and hang it up somewhere to work on through the month.
1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.
This key passage tells us why Jesus was born: Jesus came into the world to save sinners! Jesus could save us from our sin because Jesus is different than any other baby that has ever lived. He is fully God and fully man.
Supplies: posterboard or large construction paper, markers, Bibles
Today or some other time during the week create a giant storyboard. Hang a large piece of paper on a wall or lay it flat on a table or floor. Use a marker to divide the paper into three sections. Label the sections with these Scripture references: Luke 2: 4-7; Luke 2: 8-12; Matthew 2: 1-2, 10-11.
You can have different family members work on each section of the storyboard. Find the passage in the Bible for each section and illustrate a scene from that part of the Bible story.
When you are done, make sure you review the story and pray as a family.