Wednesday night, we studied about the wise men coming to visit Jesus. It is a common misconception that they came and visited Jesus the very night He was born. All the nativity scenes we see during the Christmas season have them right there (some of them even have Santa Claus there). But, the Bible tells us that the wise men came to visit Jesus in the house he was staying in. Since the Bible tells us that He was born in a stable, they couldn't have visited Him that night. His parents obviously found better shelter for the young family. We aren't sure how old Jesus was when the wise men came to visit, but we can be sure He was under 2 years old. That's what Herod thought at least when he ordered all the babies killed under 2 years old.
Tomorrow's lesson is about Jesus growing up. We will talk about Jesus' family leaving Egypt, at God's request, and returning to Bethlehem and then on to Nazareth. We will talk about how His parents thought He was lost when they were on their way home from the temple. We will also learn that He grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.
The activity I will add to the Bible lesson review station is about 6 children of the Bible that did great things. The children will have the opportunity to look them up in their Bibles, read about them and decided which statements are about which child. They will also learn some things they can do, as children, to be pleasing to God.
My Lesson Plan:
Sing: Tell Me The Story of Jesus -- The kids didn't like this too much. They apparently haven't been singing in class recently. We'll give it another shot and hopefully they will warm up to the idea.
Review what we've studied so far.
Today's lesson: Jesus Grows Up Have the children turn in their Bibles to Luke 2:39-52 Read the passage aloud. I've been letting the scriptures speak for themselves for the most part. Every once in a while, I stop reading and discuss something that be difficult to understand. These kids are all pretty smart and seem to understand reading from the scriptures.
Review the New Testament cards on the wall and introduce John.
They've had a few weeks to get used to the stations. I need to start getting down to business on helping them memorize the passages I've asked them to memorize. Before they go to their stations, I will go over the Wise Man/Foolish Man passage. We will read it aloud and go over one of the activities at the station.
Let them spend time in the stations.