This story is part of the greatest story ever to be told – the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Prophets told of the coming Messiah for years, and now, now it was actually happening. Jesus was born in a stable and placed in a feeding trough – the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in a feeding trough? It seems crazy, but the sending of Jesus from heaven to earth happened just as God had planned. Follow along with this devotion, which you can walk through with your family in 10-15 minutes one night this week or review it in 3-5 minutes over the course of the week.
KEY VERSE – DAY ONE:
Review the key verses and hand motions for this unit with your children.
“And the angel said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid, for look I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all people. Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, has been born for you in the city of David.’” – Luke 2:10-11
“Yahweh is good, and his love endures forever. His faithfulness endures through all the generations.” – Psalm 100:5
BIG PICTURE QUESTION – DAY ONE:
Ask your children the Big Picture Question for this unit: Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
MAIN POINT – DAY ONE:
Share with your children that this week’s main point is Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.
BIBLE PASSAGE – DAY TWO:
This week’s Bible story comes from Luke 2:1-20. This story can be found on page 182 of the Big Picture Interactive Bible Storybook. Take some time now to read these passages with your children or you can refer to the Bible story summary below!
BIBLE STORY SUMMARY:
During the time Mary was pregnant with Baby Jesus, the Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, announced that everyone needed to be registered for a census. Every person traveled to the town where his family was from. Since Joseph was a descendant of King David, he and Mary left Nazareth and traveled to Bethlehem, the city of David.
While they were there, the time came for Mary to have her baby. Mary and Joseph looked for a safe place for Mary to have her baby,but every place was full because of all the people who were in town to be counted. So Mary and Joseph found a place where animals were kept, and that is where Mary had her baby, Jesus. She wrapped him snugly in cloth, and she laid him in a feeding trough, where the animals ate their food.
In the same region, some shepherds were staying out in the fields and watching their sheep to protect them from thieves and predators. All of a sudden, an angel of the Lord stood before them. A bright light shone around the shepherds, and they were terrified!
But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid! I have very good news for you: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.” Then the angel said, “You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough.” A king in a feeding trough? That was no place for a king!
All of a sudden, a whole army of angels appeared, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!”
So the shepherds went straight to Bethlehem to find Baby Jesus. They found Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough. The shepherds went and told others about the baby Jesus. Everyone who heard about Jesus was surprised and amazed. Mary thought about everything that was happening and tried to understand it. The shepherds returned to their fields, praising God because everything had happened just as the angel had said.
REVIEW QUESTIONS – DAY THREE:
After reading the Bible story or going through the summary, ask your children these review questions:
- Why did Mary and Joseph have to stay in a place where animals were kept? (Every place was full)
- How did the shepherds feel when the angel of the Lord stood before them? (scared)
- Who did the angel tell the shepherds to go find? (Baby Jesus, the Messiah)
- What did the many angels say as they praised God? (Glory to God in the highest!)
- What did the shepherds do after they found Baby Jesus? (they told others about Him)
- To what city did Mary and Joseph travel? (Bethlehem)
- Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem because Joseph was a descendant of which king? (David)
- What did Mary wrap Baby Jesus in? (cloth or swaddling clothes)
- To whom did the angel of the Lord appear? (shepherds)
- How did the shepherds feel when they saw the angel? (terrified)
- What type of news did the angel tell the shepherds? (good news)
- Where did the angel say the shepherds could find Baby Jesus? (in a feeding trough)
- What does the name Jesus mean? (Savior)
- Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
WORSHIP – DAY FOUR:
CHRIST CONNECTION – DAY FIVE:
It’s amazing to see how things that happened in the Old Testament are connected to the New Testament and the Gospel – the good news that Jesus came to Earth to die for our sins because of His love for us. These Christ connections show us that God has been preparing us for a relationship with Jesus since the beginning of time.
Jesus was born! This was very good news! Jesus was not like other babies. Jesus is God’s Son. God sent Jesus to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from their sins and to be their King.
The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from sin and to be our King.
PRAY – DAY FIVE:
Pray this prayer: God, thank You for Christmas and for this time of year that You have given us to gather together to learn about You and celebrate You. We cannot fully understand what a great thing You did when You sent Jesus to earth. We thank You for sending Jesus to be our Savior and rescue us from sin. We pray that each of us would receive Your greatest gift – salvation in Jesus.