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Telling the story of Jesus’ birth is where BibleWise started six years ago. This important story is told in part in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Have you ever considered that the Gospel of John may also have a different nativity story? Jesus says he came down from heaven. So, as you think about the nativity details in Matthew and Luke, consider Jesus’ statement about coming from heaven.

The memory verses are about the Nativity.

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MEMORY WORK

   
 

Teachers and Parents
It is so important to encourage our little ones as well as ourselves to memorize Bible verses and stories – to become so familiar with the passage or story that its timeless relevance appears to us more and more clearly with every retelling. A major difference was evident between Sunday school pupils required to tell the story versus those who gave nodding recognition to the same story. We can not overlook the significance of memorizing a verse or story.

Consider sharing with your Sunday school pupils and parents ways to help little ones learn the verse and understand the impact of the message on their lives.

  1. Write out or type this week’s Bible verse on a card and place it on a mirror the child uses each day.
  2. Place the verse for the week in his/her lunch box.
  3. Ask the child to recite the verse before or after grace at the dinner meal.
  4. Practice as a family at dinner, going around the table with each one saying a word until the verse is complete.
  5. Put the verse to music. Create your own tune for each Bible verse. Create pictures to help remember the verse.
  6. Write it in a Bible verse notebook as many times as you can.
   
 

Bible Verses
Work with your child and your students to learn each verse. Then, discuss the meaning of the verse and how it can be applied to everyday lives. On Sundays during class, riding in the car, or at dinner, it's fun to share stories of how the children have used the verse in their lives that week.

We provide memorization verses for each week. You can add your own.

December 7
(KJV) Luke 1:30-31 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

  • What is the angel’s name?
  • Why did he tell Mary not to be afraid?
  • What would you do if an angel asked you to have God’s son?

December 14
(KJV) Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.

  • What is the verse referring to?
  • How do you know that with God all things are possible?
  • Why is this verse important to understanding Jesus’ nativity?

December 21
Luke 2:10,11 … the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

  • Who was the angel talking to?
  • Where were they?
  • Who was born in the city of David?
  • What would you do if an angel told you God’s great news?

December 28
II Cor 9:15 Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.

  • What is God’s “unspeakable gift”?
  • Why is God’s gift so special?
  • What kind of gift can you give God in the New Year?
   
 

Bible Stories
This month we are telling one of the most important stories in the Bible. You should know the story of Jesus’ birth by heart. If you don’t, read one of these stories every night until you can tell the story without any prompting.

The Angel Talking to Joseph
Read Matt 1:18-25

The Angel Talking to Mary
Read Luke 1:26-38 Mary and the Angel

Jesus’ Birth
Read Luke 2:1-7 Jesus Is Born; The Manger of Bethlehem; The Story of a Wonderful Baby’s Birth

The Shepherds
Read Luke 2:8-20 The Shepherds and the Angels; Shepherds Visit Baby Jesus; The Shepherds

The Wise Men
Read Matt 2:1-12 Visitors from the East; Wise Men Bring Gifts for Jesus; The Wise Men Who Followed a Star

Simeon and Anna
Read Luke 2:21-38 Taking Jesus to the Temple

   
 

ACTIVITIES

 

Bible Overview continues to focus on the Apocrypha with Addition to Jeremiah – I Baruch.

Teen Time’s Guest of the Month is Mary, Jesus’ Mother.

Kids Korner offers puzzles, games, and stories about the Nativity.

Parenting with the Bible helps families embrace “A Story for All Time.”

Coloring pages: There are 8 Christmas pages to color.

   
 

Exercise: I asked Caryl Waller Krueger, Bible scholar and author of 17 books about successful family living, to share one of her family traditions.

When our children were young, we took them to Bethlehem one Christmas and each chose an olive wood nativity set as their memento of the trip. They have treasured these through the years, and in a desire to emphasize the true meaning of Christmas, we decided to extend this tradition to the grandchildren this year.

We selected a nativity set for each grandchild and found them in various catalogs priced between $8 and $14. For little children, we chose ones made of fabric or wood; for older children, they are made of resin or pottery - each one charmingly distinctive.

Our plan is to gather everyone around a large table and present each set. Then, we will read the Nativity story from the Bible starting with the prophecy:

  • Micah 5:2
  • Isaiah 40: 1-5
  • Isaiah 9: 2, 5-7
  • Matthew 1:18-23
  • Luke 2: 1, 3-7
  • Luke 2:8-18, 20
  • Matthew 2: 1-12
  • Luke 2:40
  • Matthew 4:23-24
  • Matthew 5:2, 16
  • Matthew 10:8
  • John 13:34
  • John 21:25
  • Revelation 19: 6, 16

Chronological translations -- King James Version, The Message

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Exercise:
Following the above exercise, use a wooden puzzle of the Nativity scene and and let the children tell the story. Hand each pupil a puzzle piece and invite them to tell the story and put the pieces into place. You may want to repeat this with them, placing different characters into the story each time, until they can comfortably relate the full story of Jesus' birth. Encourage them to share this story with their relatives and friends on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

If you can’t find a puzzle, take a picture or coloring page you’ve colored in. Paste it on poster board and then cut it into puzzle shapes.

   
 

Exercise: Christmas Vacation List
Christmas is more than making “What-I-want-for-Christmas gift lists.” Here is an exercise Caryl Krueger prepared for BibleWise. Make copies of it to give to your Sunday school pupils so they can prepare for this important event.

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Christmas Vacation List
It is vacation time, but God never takes "time off." He is always keeping you safe as you have holiday fun. Make this vacation time also prayer time. Here is a list of things that you could do this week.

  • Tell the Christmas story or read it from Matthew 2: 1-12 and Luke 2:1-14.
  • Do something helpful without being asked!
  • Look at your possessions and find something (in good shape and working order!) you would like to give to someone else. Then do it.
  • Say or do something to promote peace in your family.
  • Attend a church service as well as Sunday School this week.
  • Pray for peace in the world and for the safety of everyone.
  • Put a short love note under your parents' pillow on Christmas Eve.
  • Think about Jesus' life as you fall asleep Christmas Eve.
  • Christmas night, look up at the stars and think of the star of Bethlehem. Talk about the real meaning of Christmas with your family. And, listen for angel thoughts! Remember, God loves you very much!
   
 

Nativity Quiz Game: Read the accounts in Matthew and Luke.

Divide the group into teams and see who can answer the most questions.

  1. How many generations passed from Abraham to King David? (Matt 1:17)
    1. 2
    2. 3
    3. 12
    4. 14 .
  2. Who was Jesus’ mother?
  3. Who was Jesus’ father?
  4. What was the name of the angel who spoke with Mary?
  5. When Joseph found out that Mary was going to have a baby, what happened next?
  6. Who came to see Joseph?
  7. What does Immanuel mean? (Matt 1:23)
  8. What did the angels tell Mary and Joseph to name the baby?
  9. When speaking with Joseph, what did the angel say Jesus would do?
  10. Where was the baby Jesus born?
    1. Jerusalem
    2. Bethlehem
    3. Galilee
    4. Nazareth
  11. Which angel spoke to Mary? How did Mary respond? Why do you think the angels tell people not to be afraid?
  12. Which angel spoke to Zacharias? What was the outcome of Zacharias’ conversation with the angel?
  13. Who was John’s mother?
  14. What was her relationship to Mary?
  15. Where does Matthew say Mary and Joseph lived?
  16. Where does Luke say Mary and Joseph lived?
  17. Why were Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem?
    1. enlist in the army
    2. celebrate Passover
    3. celebrate Christmas
    4. pay taxes
  18. Where did Mary and Joseph stay in Bethlehem?
  19. Where was Jesus born? What did Mary wrap around him? Where did she place him?
  20. Who sang at Jesus’ birth?
  21. Who were the first guests to see Jesus? Who told the shepherds about Jesus? Who was in the temple when they brought 8-day-old Jesus? What did they prophesy?
  22. Who was the ruler of Jerusalem when the wise men searched for Jesus?
    1. Caesar
    2. Herod
    3. Philip
    4. Augustus
  23. What did the wise men follow as they journeyed to Bethlehem?
    1. comet
    2. a star
    3. a map
    4. a caravan
  24. What kinds of gifts did the baby Jesus receive?
  25. What did Herod ask the wise men?
  26. Where did the star lead the wise men?
  27. What gifts did the wise men bring?
    1. Gold
    2. Frankincense
    3. Myrrh
    4. All of the above
  28. Why didn’t the wise men return to tell Herod where Jesus was?
  29. Why did Herod order the killing of baby boys who were 2 and under?
  30. When Herod started killing baby boys, where did the angel tell Joseph to go? After the trip to Egypt, where did the angel tell Joseph to take his family?
   
 

Exercise: Nativity Quiz

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Exercise: One Happy Couple

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Exercise: Glory to God in the Highest

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Exercise: Mary is the One

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Exercise: Complete Joseph’s Dream

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Exercise: Answer the questions in Mary’s Song and find the hidden words.

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Exercise: Have the students look at a map of Israel.

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  • Circle the city where Joseph and Mary lived.
  • Place a square around the city where Jesus was born.
  • Put a triangle around the city where Herod lived.
  • Show them a map of where you live and figure out how far 80 miles would be from home or church. How long might it take you to walk that distance, ride a bike, or drive in a car?
   
 

Exercise: To Bethlehem is for 6-8 year olds.Help them color the even numbered stones and then read the uncolored stones for the message.

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Exercise: And His Name Shall Be Called…

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Exercise: The Birth of Jesus

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Exercise: Hidden Pictures

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Exercise: Shepherds Listen
What message did the shepherds hear?

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Exercise: Go Tell It
Discover the good news from the angels.

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Exercise: Stable Mates

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Exercise: Syllable Stumpers

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Exercise: Simeon and Anna Knew

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Exercises: Follow the Star

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Exercise: Missing Objects

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Exercise: Gifts for a King

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Exercise: The Gifts of Kings

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Exercise: Wise Men Worship Jesus

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Exercise: Ask your pupils to draw a picture of a gift they would have given to the baby Jesus. Also have them explain why they would give Jesus this gift. Children are very inventive and have wonderful explanations.

   
 

Exercises: Complete The Gift of God's Love

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Exercise: Make a Christmas card for God. Find a Bible verse that would be perfect to celebrate Jesus’ birth.

   
 

Exercise: Coloring Pages
Here are eight coloring pages. Have the children color these pictures and tell the story of Jesus’ birth.

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Print/Download Angel Telling the Shepherds the Good News
Print/Download The Three Wise Men Following the Star
Print/Download Stable where Jesus was Born
Print/Download Mary and Joseph with the Inn Keeper
Print/Download Mother telling her children the Nativity story
Print/Download Love, Joy, and Laughter

   
 

Exercise: Make copies of The Birth of Jesus crossword puzzle and help them fill in the blanks.

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Exercise: Have each child write a thank you note to God for His gift to each of us.

   
  DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
   
 

The Nativity Story

  • Which Gospels contain the Nativity story?
  • How are the accounts similar?
  • How are they different?
  • Which Gospel has Mary and Joseph living in Bethlehem?
  • Why does Luke have them living in Nazareth before Jesus was born?
  • Which Gospel has an angel speak to Joseph?
  • Why do you think Matthew’s account of the Nativity speaks of Jesus as royalty?
  • Why does Luke speak of the lowly birth of Jesus?
  • Other than Matthew and Luke, is there another account of Jesus’ birth?
  • What does the Gospel of John tell us about where Jesus claimed his birth? [I am down from heaven and I return to heaven.]
   
 

Discuss the Role of Prophecy in the Birth of Jesus

  • What specific prophecy does Matthew remind us is fulfilled? (Isaiah 7:14)
  • What other passages can you find in the Bible that prophesy Jesus' birth? (Micah 5:2; Isaiah 9: 2, 5-7)
  • How is Jesus being the fulfillment of prophecy meaningful to you?
  • What does Herod discover about prophecy when the wise men (Magi) visit? (Matt 2:4-6; Micah 5:2)
  • Read Jeremiah 31:15 and Matt. 2:18. To what incident in the history of Israel does this prophecy refer? (Look at II Chronicles 36:15-20)
   
 

The Angel Talking to Joseph
Read Matt 1:18- 25

  • Who is Joseph?
  • What did the angel tell him?
  • Why do you think Joseph was asleep when the angel spoke to him?
  • What did it mean to be “betrothed”?
  • Would you have married Mary?
  • What kind of a person was Joseph?
  • How do you know he took responsibility for Mary and her baby?
  • Why did Mary and Joseph go to Bethlehem?
  • What happened while Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem?
   
 

The Angel Talking to Mary
Read Luke 1:26-38 Mary and the Angel

  • Which angel visited Mary? (Luke 1:26)
  • If you were Mary, how would you respond to "the angel of the Lord”?
  • What impresses you about Mary's response to the angel? (Luke 1:38)
  • Why is it helpful to Mary to discover Elisabeth is pregnant?
  • What happens when Mary greets Elisabeth? (Luke 1:41)
  • Who is Jesus' famous cousin? (Luke 1:60; Matt 3:1)
  • Who was Mary's husband? (Luke 2:4-5)
  • Why didn't Mary stay home and have the baby in Nazareth? (Fulfillment of prophecy: Micah 5:2)
   
 

Jesus’ Birth
Read Luke 2:1-7 Jesus Is Born; The Manger of Bethlehem; The Story of a Wonderful Baby’s Birth

  • Where were Mary and Joseph traveling?
  • How far was Bethlehem from Nazareth? (80 miles)
  • Figure out 80 miles from your home – how long would it take you to walk that distance?
  • Why were they going to Bethlehem?
  • Do we have to do anything like that today?
  • Where did they stay when they arrived in Bethlehem?
  • Where was Jesus born? [in the stable under the second floor of a house]
  • What did Mary wrap him in?
  • What are swaddling clothes?
  • Do we wrap babies in anything like that today?
  • What did they use for a bed for Jesus?
  • Who sang at Jesus’ birth?
  • Why was it important for anyone to sing at Jesus’ birth? [customary for neighbors to sing at a boy’s birth, not girls]
  • Who came to visit Jesus?
  • Why were these visitors important?
   
 

The Shepherds
Read Luke 2:8-20 The Shepherds and the Angels; Shepherds Visit Baby Jesus; The Shepherds

  • What were the shepherds doing before an angel appeared?
  • What kind of a night was it when the shepherds saw the angel of the Lord?
  • Were the shepherds frightened? Why?
  • If you had been a shepherd, would you have been frightened by the angel's message?
  • What did the angel tell them?
  • Who joined the angel after the message was given to the shepherds?
  • Why do you think they sang?
  • Which Christmas carols do you know that mention the shepherds?
  • Why do you think they were selected to visit Jesus? [shepherds know a pure lamb]
  • How important are the shepherds to the story?
  • If you had been a shepherd, would you have visited the baby Jesus?
   
 

Simeon and Anna
Read Luke 2:21-38 Taking Jesus to the Temple

  • Where did they take Jesus eight days after his birth?
  • Why did they take him to the temple?
  • Who was Simeon?
  • Who was Anna?
    • Are you surprised that a woman was a prophet?
  • What did they say when they saw Jesus?
   
 

The Wise Men
Read Matt 2: 1-12 Visitors from the East; Wise Men Bring Gifts for Jesus; The Wise Men Who Followed a Star

  • Who were these wise men?
  • How many wise men visited Jesus? [We don't know. People assume three because of the three gifts they brought. There is reason to believe there may have been as many as a few dozen wise men accompanied by guards and servants. The group was so large that it may have frightened King Herod. (Sandy Silverthorne. The Awesome Book of Bible Facts. Copyright 1994. Eugene Oregon: Harvest House Publishers.)]
  • What happened to the star when the Magi visited Herod?
  • How old was Jesus when the Magi arrived? (some say two years old or why else would Herod have the children under two killed?)
  • What kinds of gifts did they bring?
  • How useful were these gifts? [helped them survive in Egypt]
  • Why didn’t the wise men return to Herod?
   
 

This is a Good Time to Talk about Gift-Giving

  • What makes a gift special?
  • What was so special about God's gift?
  • Examine the Bible verse: For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  • What is special about this gift from God?
  • How have you accepted this gift in your life?
  • Why did God give us this gift?
  • Discuss the gifts of the wise men.
  • What about those baby gifts? Weren't they a bit strange? Those gifts were so expensive that they might have been sold to help pay for Mary, Joseph and Jesus' escape to Egypt. Symbolically, the Gold represents royalty and Jesus was King of the Jews; the Frankincense was incense used in the Temple to express gratitude; and the Myrrh was a perfume that was later used on Jesus after taking him off the cross. [Sandy Silverthorne. The Awesome Book of Bible Facts. Eugene Oregon: Harvest House Publishers.]
  • If you had been there when Jesus was born, what would you have brought the Christ child?
  • Ask the younger classes to draw a picture of their gifts and post them on a church bulletin board.
  • Do you know anyone at school or in your church, or a neighbor who needs something? Think of a gift you could give to someone and discuss this with your family.
  • What gifts would you give the world?
  • What is the best gift you could ever receive?
  • What are some of your favorite gifts and why? In what ways do these gifts help you show kindness, obedience to God, and praise?
   
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