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The Three Gifts Booklet

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A Star And A Dream

a star and a dreamBible Text:

Matthew 2:1-2

Luke 2:21-22

Matthew 2:9-11

Matthew 2:12-15

Luke 2:40

 

On the night that Jesus was born some wise men who studied the stars discovered a new and wondrous star. They knew if they followed this star it would lead them to a king. So they set out on their journey. They took with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:1-2 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 Jesus was eight days old Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple in Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord. After His dedication, Mary and Joseph returned to their home with baby Jesus.

Luke 2:21-22 NKJV

“And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord”

For almost two years the wise men had followed the star that they had first seen on the night of Jesus’ birth. Finally, when they arrived at Mary and Joseph’s house, they went in. There 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. When their visit was finished they departed for their home.

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.”

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. The family arose immediately that night and departed for Egypt and was there until the death of King Herod, then they returned home.

Matthew 2:12-15 NKJV

“Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. 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.”

Jesus grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon Him.

Luke 2:40 NKJV

“And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.”

Memory Verse:

Matthew 2:2 NKJV

“…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.”

Life Application:

We are to worship Jesus as King.

Review

1. On the night that Jesus was born some wise men who studied the stars discovered a new and wondrous ___________.

2. The wise men knew if they followed this star it would lead them to a ___________.

3. What did the wise men take with them on their journey?

4. When Jesus was eight days old Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple in ______________ to present Him to the Lord.

5. For almost ____________ years the wise men had followed the star that they had first seen on the night of Jesus’ birth.

6. When the wise men arrived at Mary and Joseph’s _______________ they fell down and worshipped Him.

7. The wise men presented Jesus with the _______________ that they had brought with them.

8. During the night, after the wise men left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a ____________.

9. What did the angel tell Joseph?

10. The family arose immediately that night and went to Egypt where they stayed until the death of ____________ _______________, then they returned home.

 

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Root or Twig Star

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Star made out of a root.

Bend root and tie with string, using photo as a guide.

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Star made out of twigs.

Matthew 2:1-2 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.”

 

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Gifts For Jesus

GIFTS FOR JESUS   Gifts For Jesus 

Theme: Christmas theme

Memory Verse: Matthew 2:11 

Life Application: The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

 

1. Open In Prayer

2. Opening – Wise Men Seek Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11  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 prophets.

‘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.’ 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 worshipped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

     When Jesus was born some wise men from Persia saw a certain star and they knew that a king had been born. They set out to find him so that they could worship him and give unto him gifts. They followed the star until it led them to the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived.

Upon entering the house the wise men saw Jesus sitting on his mother’s lap. By this time Jesus was almost two years old.

The wise men immediately fell down on their knees and worshipped Jesus, the King. They gave Him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

3. Memory Verse

Matthew 2:11  NKJV     “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.”

4. Praise and Worship Songs

1. __________________________________________________

2. __________________________________________________

5. Jesus Is Our King

Gold is a shiny, bright metal, precious metallic element which resists rust and chemical changes. Gold has always been a metal of great value and something very precious. Throughout the Bible gold represents deity and kingship. A king ruled and reigned over a territory. A king had the right and the power to rule as he chose.

The gold that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. Jesus was and is the King of Kings. He has a right to rule over us, and in the future He will rule as King over all people.

Psalm 10:16  NKJV

“The Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land”

         The Lord is King and that will never change. Nations will rise and fall, but the Lord will continue to be the true King throughout eternity.

Matthew 2:1-2  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.’ ”

         Some time after Jesus was born the wise men (astrologers) from the East asked king Herod where they could find the King of the Jews (Jesus). They told king Herod that they has seen His star in the sky which announced His birth and they had followed it to that area.

The wise men’s words about Jesus being the King of the Jews brought fear and anger to king Herod. Herod did not want to recognize that Jesus was the true King. Herod wanted to continue to rule and reign and he saw Jesus as a threat to his kingdom.

Throughout history and even today there are people just like Herod. They don’t want to recognize Jesus as the King of Kings. They want to rule and reign over their own lives. They don’t want to surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus. Despite their efforts to ignore that Jesus is their true King and the Lord of their life, one day they will bow down before Him.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

6. Game – Bucket And Balls Relay

Need: 2 buckets for each team and 6 balls for each team

Divide the children into teams of two. Give each team a bucket and six balls. One child throw balls to the other child who tries to catch the balls in a bucket on their head. The first team to catch three balls in their bucket is the winner.

7. Jesus Is Our High Priest

Frankincense was the main ingredient used in making perfume (incense) for use in the most holy place, the holy of holies. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His priesthood. Jesus is our High Priest.

During the Bible times a priest offered sacrifices and prayers to God on behalf of the people. Once a year the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place with the blood of a goat and pour it on the ark of the covenant as a sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. This sacrifice was temporary, it would not remove or wash their sins away, it only carried them forward for one more year.

Jesus our Great High Priest offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own blood. After His crucifixion, He entered into the Most Holy Place in heaven with His own blood and poured it on the ark of covenant.

Hebrews 9:11 NKJV    “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”

          Jesus’ sacrifice removes or washes our sins away, it does not just carry them forward for one more year. When we come to Him in true repentance He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them. Once Jesus forgives us of our sins those sins are completely forgiven, never more to be remembered.

Hebrews 9:24-25  NKJV     “For Christ has not entered the holy place made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another”

          The sacrifice that Jesus made was much, much better than the sacrifice that the high priest made in the earthly sanctuary. Jesus entered into the true sanctuary in heaven. He entered into the very presence of God on our behalf.  Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct access to God

Matthew 27:51  NKJV     “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

          Access to God was given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice – His death on the cross. Now we can have direct fellowship and communication with God. We can enter into God’s presence whenever we want to.

Hebrews 4:14-16  NKJV     “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

          As a Christian we can approach God in prayer anytime and anywhere we want to. We do not have to be afraid because God Himself longs for us to draw close to Him. He desires for us to love Him and have a close personal relationship with Him. That relationship is possible through Jesus Christ, our High Priest.

Today there are many people who try to have access to God without going through Jesus Christ. All their attempts, sacrifices, works, deeds, and prayers will not grant them access to God’s presence. Jesus is the only way to God.

John 14:6  NKJV    “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

8. Game – Tweezers Relay

Need : 2 pair of tweezers and small breath mints

Divide the group into two teams. Line each team into rows. Place mints and tweezers on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and use tweezers to relocate five breath mints from one bowl to another. They will then run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

9. Jesus – God’s Messenger

Myrrh is a fragrant gum resin with a bitter taste. It is used as an astringent (medications), in perfumes, and incense. It is obtained  from certain small trees, of the same family as frankincense. It is bitter, but sweet smelling at the same time.

The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a prophet. Jesus is our voice from God.

A prophet is someone that speaks for God, giving His message to others. Prophets are a gift to the church. Prophets in the Bible days, and today, give rebuke, correction, instructions, and encouragement. They foretell God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken. In the Old Testament, direct revelation from God was given by prophets.

John 8:38  NKJV     “I speak what I have seen with My Father…”

         Jesus spoke for God, not just about God. Throughout Jesus’ ministry He gave God’s gave message to everyone He came in contact with. He gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as  encouragement. Jesus foretold God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken – He clarified the meaning of the instructions given in the Old Testament. Jesus had direct communication with God the Father and He passed that revelation on to man. Jesus truly is a gift to the church

On the road to Emmaus the two disciples stated that Jesus was a prophet.

Luke 24:19  NKJV     “And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people”

         At the feeding of the five thousand, people recognized Jesus as a prophet

John 6:14  NKJV     “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ ”

          Not only is Jesus the Son of God, He was a prophet, God’s messenger, proclaiming God’s ways to man. Even though Jesus was a great prophet many people still rejected what He had to say.

Luke 4: 24  NKJV     “Then He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, no greater prophet is accepted in his own country.”

John 8:40  NKJV     “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I  heard from God”

10. Game- Can Stack Relay

Need: 10 cans and 8 paper plates

Divide the children into two teams. Give each team 5 cans and four paper plates. Line the children into rows. Place 5 cans and 4 paper plates on tables a short distance from each team. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their table and stack five cans with paper plates in between each can ( start with a can). They will then unstuck them and run back to their team. The next person on the team will run and do the same as the first person. The process is repeated until everyone on the team has had a turn. The first team to finish is the winner.

11.  Review Game

Need:

26 slips of paper

26 small pieces of candy

Write the questions on slips of paper, Have the children tale turns drawing a questions. If they can answer the question correctly they earn a piece of candy.

1. How did the wise men from Persia know that a king had been born?

2. The wise men set out to find the king. Why?

3. Where did the wise men find Jesus? 

4. What was Jesus doing when the wise men found Him?

5. What did gifts did the wise men give Jesus?

6. The three gifts represented the three ________________________ that Jesus would hold

7. What were the three offices (positions)? 

8. Throughout the Bible gold represents ________________ and kingship.

9. The _______________ that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. 

10. The wise men’s words about Jesus being  ____________  ______  ________  ____________ brought fear and anger to king Herod.

11. One day everyone will __________   _____________ before Jesus.

12. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His _________________________.

13. During the Bible times what did a priest do?

14. Jesus ,our Great High Priest, offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own ____________.

15. When we come to Jesus in true ______________________ He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them.

16. Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct ________________ to God

17. We can approach God in ____________________ anytime and anywhere we want to. 

18. God desires for us to love Him and have a close personal ___________________ with Him.

19. How is a relationship with God possible?

20. Man cannot have access to God without going through _____________  ____________. 

21. The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a _______________.

22. What is a prophet?

23. Jesus spoke for God, not just ____________ God.

24.Jesus gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as ________________________.

25. Many  people ________________ what Jesus had to say.

26. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting who?

12.  Worship Song – ______________________________

13. Challenge and Altar – Who Is Jesus To You?

Today there are those who continue to reject Jesus as a messenger from God. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting God Himself.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV   “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

Do you recognize that Jesus is your King and allow Him to rule and reign in your life?

Do you recognize that Jesus is your High Priest and your only access to God?

Do you recognize that Jesus was God’s Messenger and embrace the message that He brought to you?

Allow time for the children to pray.

14. Crafts

15. Refreshments or light meal

16. Dismissal

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The Three Gifts

the three giftsThe Three Gifts

Memory Verse:  Matthew 2:2

Life Application:  Wise men will seek Jesus.

 

Bible Text

Matthew 2:1-11

Psalm 10:16

Matthew 2:1-2

Revelation 19:16

Psalm 10:16

Matthew 2:1-2

Revelation 19:16

Hebrews 9:11

Hebrews 9:24-25

Matthew 27:51

Hebrews 4:14-16

John 14:6

John 8:38

Luke 24:19

John 6:14

Luke 4: 24

John 8:40

Revelation 19:16

 

Wise Men Seek Jesus

Matthew 2:1-11  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 prophets. ‘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.’ 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 worshipped Him. And when they opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

         When Jesus was born some wise men from Persia saw a certain star and they knew that a king had been born. They set out to find him so that they could worship him and give unto him gifts. They followed the star until it led them to the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus lived. Upon entering the house the wise men saw Jesus sitting on his mother’s lap. By this time Jesus was almost two years old. The wise men immediately fell down on their knees and worshipped Jesus, the King. They gave Him three gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The three gifts represented the three offices (positions) that Jesus would hold: king, priest, and  prophet.

Jesus Is Our King

Gold is a shiny, bright metal, precious metallic element which resists rust and chemical changes. Gold has always been a metal of great value and something very precious. Throughout the Bible gold represents deity and kingship. A king ruled and reigned over a territory. A king had the right and the power to rule as he chose.

The gold that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship. Jesus was and is the King of Kings. He has a right to rule over us, and in the future He will rule as King over all people.

Psalm 10:16  NKJV     “The Lord is King forever and ever;

The nations have perished out of His land”

         The Lord is King and that will never change. Nations will rise and fall, but the Lord will continue to be the true King throughout eternity.

Matthew 2:1-2  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.’ ”

         Some time after Jesus was born the wise men (astrologers) from the East asked king Herod where they could find the King of the Jews (Jesus). They told king Herod that they has seen His star in the sky which announced His birth and they had followed it to that area. The wise men’s words about Jesus being the King of the Jews brought fear and anger to king Herod. Herod did not want to recognize that Jesus was the true King. Herod wanted to continue to rule and reign and he saw Jesus as a threat to his kingdom.

Throughout history and even today there are people just like Herod. They don’t want to recognize Jesus as the King of Kings. They want to rule and reign over their own lives. They don’t want to surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus. Despite their efforts to ignore that Jesus is their true King and the Lord of their life, one day they will bow down before Him.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Jesus Is Our High Priest

Frankincense was the main ingredient used in making perfume (incense) for use in the most holy place, the holy of holies. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His priesthood. Jesus is our High Priest.

During the Bible times a priest offered sacrifices and prayers to God on behalf of the people. Once a year the High Priest would enter into the Most Holy Place with the blood of a goat and pour it on the ark of the covenant as a sacrifice to God for the sins of the people. This sacrifice was temporary, it would not remove or wash their sins away, it only carried them forward for one more year.

Jesus our Great High Priest offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own blood. After His crucifixion, He entered into the Most Holy Place in heaven with His own blood and poured it on the ark of covenant.

Hebrews 9:11 NKJV     “But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once and for all, having obtained eternal redemption.”

          Jesus’ sacrifice removes or washes our sins away, it does not just carry them forward for one more year. When we come to Him in true repentance He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them. Once Jesus forgives us of our sins those sins are completely forgiven, never more to be remembered.

Hebrews 9:24-25  NKJV     “For Christ has not entered the holy place made with hands, which are copies of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood of another”

          The sacrifice that Jesus made was much, much better than the sacrifice that the high priest made in the earthly sanctuary. Jesus entered into the true sanctuary in heaven. He entered into the very presence of God on our behalf.  Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct access to God.

Matthew 27:51  NKJV     “Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from the top to the bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split”

          Access to God was given to us through Jesus’ sacrifice – His death on the cross. Now we can have direct fellowship and communication with God. We can enter into God’s presence whenever we want to.

Hebrews 4:14-16  NKJV     “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

          As a Christian we can approach God in prayer anytime and anywhere we want to. We do not have to be afraid because God Himself longs for us to draw close to Him. He desires for us to love Him and have a close personal relationship with Him. That relationship is possible through Jesus Christ, our High Priest.

Today there are many people who try to have access to God without going through Jesus Christ. All their attempts, sacrifices, works, deeds, and prayers will not grant them access to God’s presence. Jesus is the only way to God.

John 14:6  NKJV     “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

Jesus – God’s Messenger

Myrrh is a fragrant gum resin with a bitter taste. It is used as an astringent (medications), in perfumes, and incense. It is obtained  from certain small trees, of the same family as frankincense. It is bitter, but sweet smelling at the same time.

The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a prophet. Jesus is our voice from God.

A prophet is someone that speaks for God, giving His message to others. Prophets are a gift to the church. Prophets in the Bible days, and today, give rebuke, correction, instructions, and encouragement. They foretell God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken. In the Old Testament, direct revelation from God was given by prophets.

John 8:38  NKJV     “I speak what I have seen with My Father…”

         Jesus spoke for God, not just about God. Throughout Jesus’ ministry He gave God’s gave message to everyone He came in contact with. He gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as  encouragement. Jesus foretold God’s future actions as well as proclaiming what God has spoken – He clarified the meaning of the instructions given in the Old Testament. Jesus had direct communication with God the Father and He passed that revelation on to man. Jesus truly is a gift to the church

On the road to Emmaus the two disciples stated that Jesus was a prophet.

Luke 24:19  NKJV     “And He said to them, ‘What things?’ So they said to Him, ‘The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people”

         At the feeding of the five thousand, people recognized Jesus as a prophet.

John 6:14  NKJV     “Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, ‘This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ ”

          Not only is Jesus the Son of God, He was a prophet, God’s messenger, proclaiming God’s ways to man. Even though Jesus was a great prophet many people still rejected what He had to say.

Luke 4: 24  NKJV     “Then He said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, no greater prophet is accepted in his own country.”

John 8:40  NKJV     “But now you seek to kill Me, a Man who has told you the truth which I  heard from God”

Who Is Jesus To You?

Today there are those who continue to reject Jesus as a messenger from God. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting God Himself.

Revelation 19:16  NKJV     “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!

 

Review

1. How did the wise men from Persia know that a king had been born?

 

2. The wise men set out to find the king. Why?

 

3. Where did the wise men find Jesus?

 

4. What was Jesus doing when the wise men found Him?

 

5. What did gifts did the wise men give Jesus?

 

6. The three gifts represented the three ________________________ that Jesus would hold

7. What were the three offices (positions)?

 

8. Throughout the Bible gold represents ____________ and kingship.

9. The ____________ that was given to Jesus represented His deity and kingship.

10. The wise men’s words about Jesus being ____________  ______  ________  ____________ brought fear and anger to king Herod.

11. One day everyone will __________   _____________ before Jesus.

12. The frankincense that was given to Jesus represented His _________________________.

13. During the Bible times what did a priest do?

 

14. Jesus ,our Great High Priest, offered a sacrifice for each one of us – His own ____________.

15. When we come to Jesus in true ______________________ He completely washes away our sins and forgives us for them.

16. Before Jesus’ sacrifice only the priest had direct ________________ to God.

17. We can approach God in ____________________ anytime and anywhere we want to.

18. God desires for us to love Him and have a close personal ___________________ with Him.

19. How is a relationship with God possible?

 

20. Man cannot have access to God without going through _____________  ____________.

21. The Myrrh that was given to Jesus represented His office (position) of a _______________.

22. What is a prophet?

 

23. Jesus spoke for God, not just ____________ God.

24.Jesus gave rebuke, correction, instructions as well as ________________________.

25. Many  people ________________ what Jesus had to say.

26. When people reject what Jesus had to say they are actually rejecting who?

 

27. Do you recognize that Jesus is your King and allow Him to rule and reign in your life?

 

28. Do you recognize that Jesus is your High Priest and your only access to God?

29. Do you  recognize that Jesus was God’s Messenger and embrace the message that He brought to you?

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“God Sent…”

God Sent...   “God Sent…”

This event has a Christmas or gift theme.

Memory Verse: 1 John 4:10 

Bible Truth: God sent Jesus out of love.

1. Open in prayer

2. Introduction

The dictionary defines gift as something that is given to somebody. It is not something that you have to work for, pay for, or earn. It may not even be something that you deserve. True gifts are given out of love. God loved us so much and He showed His great love for us by sending His Son to this world.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

3. Praise and Worship Songs

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4. Memory Verse

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

5. God Sent An Angel To Mary

One cold winter day long, long, ago, God sent an angel named Gabriel to appear to Mary in the city of Nazareth in Galilee. Many Bible scholars believe this was during the Feast of Dedication.

Mary was a young woman who was engaged to marry Joseph, a carpenter of Nazareth. Both Mary and Joseph were of the family of King David.

Luke 1:26-28  NKJV     “Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”

     The angel Gabriel, spoke to Mary and said, “The Lord is with you and you are greatly favored.” Mary did not understand what the angel meant. So the angel explained, “Don’t be afraid Mary. You have favor with God. God has chosen you to have a little baby boy, the Messiah. You are to name him Jesus. He will be a king who will rule forever.”

Luke 1:29-33  NKJV     “But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”

     The angel told Mary that the Holy Spirit would overshadow her and place within her Jesus, the Son of God, the Light of the World. Mary gladly accepted the words of the angel because she was a faithful servant of the Lord. Then the angel disappeared.

Luke 1:34-38  NKJV     “Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”

6. Game – “Angel Relay Race”

Need: two angel wings, two halos and a sign that reads, “The Lord is with you and you are greatly favored.”

Divide the group into two teams. Each team is to line up in a row. Give an angel costume (wings and halo) to the first person in each row. At the signal the first person on each team is to put on the angel costume and run to the sign. At the sign they are to read it out loud, then run back to the team, take off the costume and give it to the next person in line. They are to repeat the process. The first team to finish is the winner.

7. God Sent Joseph And Mary To Bethlehem

Approximately nine months later, in the fall, Caesar Augustus, the Roman Emperor, decided that a census should be taken throughout the land. Everyone was required to return to his ancestral home for his registration. Because Joseph and Mary were members of the family of King David, they had to go to Bethlehem in Judea.

Luke 2:1-5  NKJV     “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child”

     Mary, by this time, was about ready to have her baby. But off they went to Bethlehem. After a long hard journey they arrived in Bethlehem. Bethlehem was crowed with people looking for a place to stay.

Luke 2:6-7  NKJV     “So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.”

     Mary and Joseph were so tired after their long journey. Mary was ready to have her baby. She needed a place to rest very badly. All Joseph could find was a stable behind the inn.

8. Game – Donkey Memory Verse Relay

Need: 2 stick donkeys- these can be made or purchased.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

     Line the children up in two teams. Give each team a stick donkey. At the signal the first person on each team will ride their stick donkey to the front and say the memory verse. Then they will ride back to their team and the next person will repeat the process. The team that finishes first is the winner.

9. God Sent The Shepherds To The Manger

That night some shepherds were in the field outside the village guarding their flock of sheep. Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared to them and a bright light lit up the sky. The shepherds were afraid, but the angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news. The Savior, the Lord, yes, the Messiah has been born tonight in Bethlehem. You will find Him there wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” All at one the angel was joined by many other angels. Later that night Jesus was born. They did not have any fancy blankets, so Mary wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger.

Luke 2:8-12  NKJV     “Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

     After the angels returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful baby the angel told us about!” They ran all the way to the village and found baby Jesus lying in the manger. Immediately they fell on their knees before Jesus, and worshipped Him as He lay quietly on the hay.

Luke 2:15-16  NKJV     “So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.”

     Then the shepherds went out and made widely known what was told to them. They were so excited to tell everyone that they had seen the Messiah with their own eyes. All those who heard it marveled at those things which were told to them by the shepherds. Then the shepherds returned to their flocks of sheep, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told to them.

Luke 2:17-20  NKJV     “Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.”

10. Game – “Fill In The Blanks Memory Verse Relay Race”

Practice the memory verse a few times.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

     Divide the group into two teams. Give each team a poster board to write on. At the signal the first person on each team will run to their sign and write one word on one blank. Each team will write out the memory verse, one letter at a time. The first team to finish with the words in the proper order wins.

11. God Sent A Star

On the night that Jesus was born some wise men who studied the stars discovered a new and wondrous star. They knew if they followed this star it would lead them to a king. So they set out on their journey. They took with them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Matthew 2:1-2  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 Jesus was eight days old Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple in Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord.  After His dedication, Mary and Joseph returned to their home with baby Jesus.

Luke 2:21-22  NKJV      “And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb. Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord”

     For almost two years the wise men had followed the star that they had first seen on the night of Jesus’ birth. Finally, when they arrived at Mary and Joseph’s house, they went in. There 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. When their visit was finished they departed for their home.

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.”

    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. The family arose immediately that night and departed for Egypt and was there until the death of King Herod, then they returned home.

Matthew 2:12-15  NKJV     “Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way. 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.”

     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.

Luke 2:41-52  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.” 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.”

12. Game – “Pass The Gift”

Need: 1 small box. gift wrap, and music.

Have all the children stand in a circle. Give one of the children a box wrapped as a gift. Turn on some music and have the children pass the gift around the circle. Stop the music. Whoever has the gift when the music stops must say the memory verse. If they cannot they are out of the game. The game continues until only one person is left or until allotted time runs out.

13. Worship Song – ________________________

14. Challenge and Altar – God Sent A Gift

The dictionary defines gift as something that is given to somebody. It is not something that you have to work for, pay for, or earn. It may not even be something that you deserve. True gifts are given out of love. God loved us so much and He showed His great love for us by sending His Son to this world.

1 John 4:10  NKJV     “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

     Propitiation means to appease or conciliate somebody or something. Jesus is the propitiation for our sins. Our sin separated us from God. Through Jesus’ sacrifice we can be reconciled with God. God truly has given us an indescribable gift.

2 Corinthians 9:15  NKJV     “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

15. Refreshments or a light meal

16. Crafts

17. Dismissal

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