The Nativity Story (Discussion Questions)

Categories: Holy Land Tours (Games/Stories)

Read Matthew 1:18-25, 2:1-15 and Luke 1:26-56, 2:1-20

  • Where does the story take place in Matthew? Luke? [Bethlehem is the city of Jesus' birth, but Matthew has Mary and Joseph living in Bethlehem and Luke has them living in Nazareth traveling to Bethlehem.]
  • Why wasn't there room for them in the inn?
  • Where did they stay instead?
  • Since it was the custom for people to sing when a baby boy was born, who sang for Jesus? [the angels]
  • What part do the angels have in the entire birth story?
  • What is the name of the angel who told Mary she was going to have God's son? [Gabriel]
  • Who else did the angels speak to and why?
  • Who were the first visitors to see Jesus? [shepherds]
  • Why do you think shepherds were the first ones to be invited to see Jesus? [They knew how to spot the blemish free lambs – Jesus was the lamb of God.]
  • What do you like most about the Nativity story?
  • Do you hear it differently in the summer than in the winter? Why or why not?