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Footprints In The Sand Fun Days – Jesus’ Childhood

on September 23, 2012

   Jesus’ Childhood – Week 2

This event has a beach theme.

 

Memory Verse: Luke 2:49

Bible Truth: We should be about the Father’s business.

 

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction – The Three Gifts

Jesus was given three gifts from the wise men. These three gifts represented the three offices that  Jesus would hold. Jesus was a prophet, priest and king. During the Bible time gold was a gift for a king, myrrh was a gift for a prophet, and frankincense was a gift for a priest. Jesus is the King of Kings. In addition to being God’s Son, Jesus was a prophet also – He spoke for God. Jesus is our High Priest – He made the ultimate sacrifice for us.

3. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________

2. __________________________________

4. Memory Verse

Luke 2:49  NKJV    

“And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business” 

5. The Wondrous Star

On the night that Jesus was born wise men who studied the stars discovered a new and wondrousstar. The wise men had access to Daniel’s scrolls which contained the prophesy of Jesus. The wise men knew a great king had been born. They were so sure that He was the King of Kings that they set out on a journey to find Him.

Matthew 2:1-8  NKJV    

“Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, Are not the least among the rulers of Judah; For out of you shall come a Ruler Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” Then Herod, when he had secretly called the wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”

     The wise men knew if they followed this star it would lead them to a king, so they went in search of  Him. They took with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Their journey lasted for several years. For almost two years the wise men followed the star that they had first seen on the night of Jesus’ birth. Nothing stopped them in their quest to find Him. They didn’t give up searching for Him.

Matthew 2:9-11  NKJV    

“When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

     Finally, they arrived at Mary and Joseph’s house. When they saw the young child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. Then they presented Him with the gifts that they had brought with them, gold, frankincense and myrrh. The wise men acknowledged their was something different about Jesus.

Gold was a gift for a king

Myrrh was a gift for a prophet

Frankincense was a gift for a priest

6. Game – Pass The Star

Need: 2 paper stars.

Write the memory verse on two stars. Divide the class into two teams and line them up in two rows. Give the first person on each team a star with the memory verse on it. At the signal the first person will read the verse then pass the star to the next person. They will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

7. Joseph’s Dream

After the wise men departed, later that night an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. The angel told Joseph to take his family to Egypt and to stay there until he was told to leave. The angel told Joseph that King Herod was looking for Jesus and wanted to kill Him.

Matthew 2:13-15  NKJV    

“Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” When he arose, he took the young Child and His mother by night and departed for Egypt, and was there until the death of Herod, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying, “Out of Egypt I called My Son”

     The family arose immediately that night and departed for Egypt and was there until the death of King Herod, then they returned home. The gifts that the wise men brought to Jesus provided for Joseph to take his family to Egypt in order that the prophecy would be fulfilled and that Jesus would live.

8. Game – The Wise Men Visit Jesus Relay

Need: 2 wise men crowns and a  picture of Jesus.

Divide the children into two teams. Each team lines up behind their starting line. At the signal, the first player on each team will run to the front, put on a crown and bow down and say “Jesus is the King of Kings”. They will then run back to their team and the next person will put on the costume and repeat what the first player did. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. Jesus Grew

Jesus continued to grow in wisdom. Jesus and His parents would go to the temple in Jerusalem for each of the Jewish feast and festivals. The temple was an important part of Jesus’ life. Once when they had went to a Passover celebration in Jerusalem, Jesus amazed the scholars with His wisdom and knowledge of the Scriptures. The priest and scribes in the temple knew there was something different about Jesus. They listened to Jesus explain the scriptures in a way that was way beyond His years. Jesus was about 12 years old at the time.

Luke 2:41-48  NKJV    

“His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.
And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.
When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother did not know it; but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances. So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him. Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

     After the feast Mary and Joseph left Jerusalem thinking that Jesus was somewhere among their traveling group. When they didn’t find Him they returned to Jerusalem and searched for Him for 3 days. Finally they found Him in the temple listening to the teachers, asking questions, and teaching them. When Jesus’ parents found Him, He told them that He must be about His Father’s business.

Luke 2:49  NKJV    

“And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business”

     From this point on the Bible does not say anything else about Jesus’ childhood.

10. GameBurst Your Balloons

Need: Slips of paper, marker, balloons, 2 garbage bags.

Print the words of the memory verse on separate slips of paper (make 2 sets). Blow up balloons, inserting one rolled slip of paper into each balloon before tying. Put balloons in 2 garbage bags- keeping each set separate.

“And He said to them, / “Why did you seek Me? / Did you not know /  that I must be / about My Father’s business” / Luke 2:49  NKJV

Divide the class into two teams and give each team a bag of balloons. At the signal the children will open bag and take out balloons and pop them in order to get the slip of paper out. Once paper is out they are to arrange slips of paper in verse order. The first team to arrange their slips of paper in order is the winner.

11. Jesus Was Obedient

The dictionary defines king as a ruler who has with complete power. They have supreme authority and power. Jesus was, and is, the King of Kings. He had, and still has, supreme authority and power.

Luke 2:46-52  NKJV     

   “Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers. So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.” And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them. Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart. And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”

     Even though Jesus is the King of Kings He was obedient to His parents.

Luke 2:51  NKJV      

“Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them…”

     One definition of subject is: a person ruled by another, somebody who is ruled by a king, queen, or other authority. Obedience was very important to Jesus, even as a child. Jesus was obedient to His earthly parents as a child and later on He was obedient to His heavenly Father.

Philippians 2:8  NKJV       

“And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

12. Game – Simon Says

Play Simon Says for about five minutes.

When game is over explain the following to the children:

As we played “Simon Says” there were children who got out right away. They heard my voice, but they weren’t paying attention or didn’t understand what I said when they heard so they didn’t obey. Some people are like these children with God’s Word. They hear the Word of God, but they don’t listen carefully and obey it.

The second group of players that got out did what I said for a while, but not for the whole game. Some people are like these children with spiritual things. They obey God’s Word for a time, but then they turn away from God because of bad things that happen in their lives or because they give in to the temptations that come. They stop trying to please or obey God.

The third group listened and obeyed my words the entire time. They persevered and worked hard to stay in the game. That’s like people who listen to and obey God’s Word their entire lives. They don’t stop obeying God when they’re tempted to do wrong or when bad things happen in their lives. They persevere, or follow through, on their decision to live for God.

Maybe you have accepted Jesus into your life, but you find yourself giving in to temptation. Make up your mind today to obey God – then obey Him! Heaven will be your reward.

13. Worship Song – _______________________________

14. Challenge / Altar

Obedience was very important to Jesus, even as a child. Jesus was obedient to His earthly parents as a child and later on He was obedient to His heavenly Father.

Philippians 2:8  NKJV      

  “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.”

     We must surrender to Jesus’ kingship through salvation and obedience to Him. We must also be obedient to our parents, just as Jesus was obedient to His parents.

Proverbs 20:11  NKJV        

“Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.”

     Also, like Jesus, we should be about the Father’s business. We must be obedient to whatever call He has on our life.

Luke 2:49  NKJV  

  “And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business”

15. Refreshments or a light meal 

16. Crafts

17. Dismissal

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CRAFT, GAME, NAMETAGS AND PROPS IDEAS

HANDOUTS

 

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