Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Birth of Jesus Sunday School Lesson - The Shepherds Meet Jesus!

Use this Birth of Jesus Sunday School lesson to teach children about the shepherds meeting baby Jesus and what they did afterward.

Needed: Volunteer to play Shepherd

Lesson: (Note: Remember to allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.)

Ask students, How many of you have ever met someone famous? Who did you meet? Was it exciting?

Ask students, What is the best news you’ve ever heard? What’s the best thing someone’s ever told you?

Well, so far we’ve met Zechariah and Elizabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, and we’ve met Mary and Joseph, Jesus’ mother and adopted father. Today we’re going to hear about how Jesus was born and we’re going to meet the first person, besides Mary and Joseph, to meet Jesus.

Ask the Shepherd to come in.

Shepherd: Well, hello everyone! Do you know who I am? I’m a shepherd. I heard you were talking about meeting famous people and getting good news earlier. Well, I want to tell you about the most amazing night of my life.

A long time ago, in Bible times, the Roman Emperor, Caesar Augustus, wanted to count how many people were in his kingdom. So he made everyone to go back to where their family was originally from to be counted there. Well, since Joseph – you met him last week – was the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the Kings of Israel, he had to go back to the town of Bethlehem to be counted. Because that’s where King David was from before he became king. And Joseph had to take his family with him so that meant that Mary had to go, too, even though she was pregnant.

Well, when they got to Bethlehem, there were so many people there to be counted, Mary and Joseph couldn’t find a hotel room! They had to camp out in a barn with the animals! And that night, while they were in the barn, Mary had her baby. Jesus was born!

Well, we shepherds were out in the fields around Bethlehem, taking care of our sheep. And suddenly, an angel appeared to us. He said, “Don’t be afraid. I’ve come to bring you good news. The Savior has been born in Bethlehem. Go and find him in the barn.”

And then, when he was done speaking, a bunch of angels, hundreds and maybe even thousands, appeared and they were all singing, “Glory to God in the Highest and peace to men on earth!”

Well, after they left, we did what the angel told us. We went and we saw Jesus, the Savior of the World, and we were glad to know that He had born. We were so glad that we went out of the barn again and told everyone that we could find, just like the angels had told us.

Have students thank the Shepherd for telling his story and then use the following review questions to solidify what they learned.

What was the good news that the shepherd heard in this story? That Jesus had been born.

And what did the shepherd do when he heard the good news that Jesus had been born? He went and saw Jesus.

Then, after the shepherd saw Jesus, what did he do? He went and told everyone he could find about Jesus.

And that’s what we should do. We know about Jesus and so we should tell other people about Him, too. Do you know why we should tell other people about Jesus?

Because God has said that anyone who does anything wrong, anyone who sins, has to die and go to Hell for their punishment. But, if we believe in Jesus, Jesus is our Savior, who saves us from going to Hell when we die because Jesus already died for our sins and went to Hell for us when He died on the cross. Now, if we believe in Jesus, we don’t have to go to Hell when we die. Instead, we can go to Heaven and live with God and Jesus forever. But if we don’t tell people about Jesus, then they can’t believe in Him. And they have to believe in Him to be able to go to Heaven and not Hell. So that’s why we have to tell people about Jesus, like the shepherds did. So that people can believe in Jesus and go to Heaven when they die.

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