Year 2, Winter: Lesson 2
This week's memory verse
What we learned today
Big Idea: Jesus is Immanuel
An angel visits Mary and Joseph: Isaiah 7v14; Luke 1v26–35; Matthew 1v18–25, An angel announces Jesus’ birth to Mary and Joseph.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is Savior
The Savior is born: Luke 2v8–20, Jesus, our Savior and God’s Son, is born in Bethlehem.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
- In the second chapter of Luke, angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds.
- Shepherds were typically single men who didn’t have families. Although their duties kept them from participating in formal religious activities with the community, they experienced the holy.
- During the time of Caesar Augustus, flocks of sheep around the city of Jerusalem would be used as sacrifices in the temple. It’s quite possible the men tending sheep the night Jesus was born were in fact caring for the temple flock— sheep meant for sacrifices.
Connect as a family
Right before bedtime, gather your family together around a nativity set, or use a nativity scene from a book or website. Tell them you’re going to read the part of The Big God Story where Jesus is born. Read Luke 2v8–20. Discuss what it must have been like for baby Jesus to be born in a stable. Remember that the good news that Jesus was born was shared first with shepherds—people who cared for sheep. Ask your children why they think God would choose to have His Son born in a stable. Why were the shepherds the first to hear this good news?
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
- How do you think the shepherds felt when they first saw baby Jesus?
- What can we do to celebrate the fact that Jesus is here?
- Whom do we know who needs to hear about Jesus?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus Is Savior into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may God show you how much He loves you. May God help you share the good news that Jesus is Savior.