Unto Us a Child Is Born

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When the Lord was born on earth, He might have seemed like an ordinary child to most people. But there were several people who knew differently. Mary and Joseph knew, of course. And an angel told the shepherds about the Savior’s birth that very night. Later, the wise men came to worship the Messiah because they had seen a special star in the sky and knew the prophecies. Let us join with Mary, Joseph, the shepherds and the wise men in celebrating the Lord’s birth. For He is no ordinary person, but the Lord God Himself come among us.

The Story

  • Reading: Luke 2:1-20
  • For younger children, retell story or read Luke 2:7-18
  • Jesus Is Born Video
    This video tells the story of the Lord’s birth and how the shepherds went to see Him. This Christmas story is beautifully illustrated with felt figures.

Discussion Ideas:

  1. Who were the first people to see baby Jesus? (Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds)
  2. An angel let Mary, Joseph and the shepherds know that this child was the Savior come into the world. How did the wisemen learn of His birth? (They saw a special star and remembered the prophecies about His coming.)
  3. What did the angel tell the shepherds to help them recognize the baby Lord? (“You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”)
  4. Why was the baby Lord laid in a manger? There was no room in the inn, but there is another reason as well. All of the details of the Lord’s birth have a spiritual meaning, and the manger symbolizes learning from the Lord’s Word. By coming into the world, the Lord was able to teach people the truths they needed to understand the way to heaven. And we can go to the Lord’s Word and learn from Him there, because the truths reflect His love and His wisdom.
  5. Imagine how Mary must have felt as she cared for this newborn child, and as the shepherds, and later the wise men, visited. No wonder that she “kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19).
  6. How do we respond to the stories of the Lord’s birth and His purpose in coming on earth? When might our minds be too full to make room for the Lord, like the inn was too full? When do we hurry to see Him and then share the good news of His loving presence like the shepherds? When do we make time to quietly reflect on all that the Lord does for us, as Mary reflected? What response will we choose to make this Christmas?

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