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1 Lesson 208 Angels And Shepherds Luke 2:8-20

2 MEMORY VERSE LUKE 2:11 For there is born to you this day in the c ity of D av id a S avior, who is the Christ the Lord. WHAT YOU WILL NEED: As many 8.5"x11" pieces of paper as the number of children in your class, color crayons, glue (optional), glitter (optional), and magazine pictures (optional) A roll of toilet tissue. ATTENTION GRABBER! Happy Birthday Jesus! Have the children make a birthday card for Jesus using color crayons, glue and glitter, or pictures cut out of magazines. Discuss with the children the significance of birthdays, celebrating the fact that the birthday boy or girl is here with us and that we are thankful for their presence in our lives. This is why we celebrate Jesus birthday.

3 LESSON TIME! Today we are going to see how God has provided salvation for us through His Son, Jesus. Have you ever stayed up late at night, heard a noise, and wondered where that noise was coming from? This morning, we will learn about some shepherds who heard good news of great joy while they were watching their sheep at night. Why do you suppose this good news was so important? In today s lesson we are going to find out. God is our salvation. L U KE 2:8-10 N o w t h e r e w e r e i n t h e s am e c o u n t r y s h e p h e r d s l i v i n g o u t i n t h e f i e l d s, k e e p i n g w at c h o v e r t h e i r f l o c k by n i gh t. An d be h o l d, an an ge l o f t h e L o r d s t o o d be f o r e t h e m, an d t h e gl o r y o f t h e L o r d s h o n e ar o u n d t h e m, an d t h e y w e r e gr e at l y af r ai d. T h e n t h e an ge l s ai d t o t h e m, " D o n o t be af r ai d, f o r be h o l d, I br i n g y o u go o d t i d i n gs o f gr e at j o y w h i c h w i l l be t o al l p e o p l e. " Who knows where Mary and Joseph were when Jesus was born? We learned about it last week. They were in Bethlehem, which means house of bread. Jesus called himself the bread of life in John 6:35. Where did Mary lay Jesus after he was born? She laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. The manger was actually a feeding trough for large animals. Often, shepherds would lay newborn lambs in a manger filled with hay. Jesus, the Lamb of God, was born and laid in a manger! On the night of Jesus birth, there were shepherds watching their sheep in the fields of Bethlehem. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord was shining all around

4 them. These were just ordinary shepherds, but God chose to reveal the glory of His Son s coming to them first. God is our salvation. Sometimes we might think that we have to have a lot of talents and abilities to be used by the Lord. These shepherds were just regular people who God used to worship Jesus at His birth. God can also use us when we let Him. We need to keep our focus on Him and allow Him to use our lives like He did the shepherds. Angels Appearing Choose a couple of children to reenact the appearing of the angel to the shepherds. Have the child playing the part of the shepherd act frightened at the appearing of the angel. This little play may activate lively response from the class. Be prepared to regain their attention with the attention-getting signal. Sometimes, like the shepherds, we might be afraid, but God is in control of all things. We do not need to be afraid of anything. This angel (which means messenger ) had a very special message. Can anyone guess what the good news was all about? Yes, God sent His Son, Jesus. Why did He tell a bunch of shepherds? 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 tells us that God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chooses plain, ordinary people like us to share His good news, to all people. God is our salvation. L U KE 2:11-12 " F o r t h e r e i s bo r n t o y o u t h i s d ay i n t h e c i t y o f D av i d a S av i o r, w h o i s C h r i s t t h e L o r d.

5 An d t h i s w i l l be t h e s i gn t o y o u : Y o u w i l l f i n d a B abe w r ap p e d i n s w ad d l i n g c l o t h s, l y i n g i n a m an ge r. " God knew the exact time Jesus was to be born to save us from sin and death. God chose the exact time for us to be born because He has a unique plan for each of our lives. Did you know that God knew you before you were even born? Psalm 139:15-16 tells us My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. He knows every thought you have even before you think it. He created all things, the sky above, the animals, and the mountains - everything for His good pleasure. He knows what you will do tomorrow and even five years from now. It is amazing to know that God is our salvation. He loves us and sent His Son, Jesus, to save us from death and Hell. He wants us to have everlasting life with Him. The angel uses three titles for Jesus: 1) Savior, which means deliverer, is also used when Jesus returns to receive the Church to Himself. 2)Christ, which means Anointed One or Messiah. 3)Lord, which means Yahweh or God. In the Jewish custom and culture, a newborn baby was washed, rubbed with salt in the belief that it hardened the skin, and then wrapped tightly, limb by limb, with swaddling clothes to insure the child would grow straight.

6 Swaddling Clothes Pick one child to be wrapped in swaddling clothes. Have a few other children wrap the swaddled child with toilet tissue, starting with the arms and moving on to his entire body. Ask the swaddled child if he feels warm and secure; then, let him break free from the clothes. Have all of the participating children dispose of the tissue before resuming the lesson. L U KE 2:13-15 An d s u d d e n l y t h e r e w as w i t h t h e an ge l a m u l t i t u d e o f t h e h e av e n l y h o s t p r ai s i n g G o d an d s ay i n g: " G l o r y t o G o d i n t h e h i gh e s t, an d o n e ar t h p e ac e, go o d w i l l t o w ar d m e n!" 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." Suddenly, out of heaven, came an entire troop of angels singing praises in honor of God. They declared Gloria, in Excelsis Deo, which means Glory to God in the Highest. The angels were praising God for His wonderful Salvation, Jesus. They sang praises to God, like we did this morning. They thanked God and worshipped Him because He is worthy of our praises. If the whole host of angels is so quick to give glory to God, we need to praise Him for His excellent gift of Salvation! God did not bring

7 salvation to angels; He brought salvation to any man who would receive His great and precious promise, Jesus. God is our salvation. What are some ways we can glorify and praise God? Sing Praise Unto the Lord Have the children share some of the praise songs they know and like to sing to the Lord. Choose one or two that you know well and lead the children in a short time of praise. The angels sang, Peace, goodwill toward men! The only way to peace is salvation, and we know that God is our salvation. To have peace we need Jesus in our lives. We can receive the salvation that Jesus brought by believing that Jesus shed his blood on the cross, gave His life for us, was buried, and rose from the grave three days later. Jesus paid the full price for us to be forgiven of our sins. We receive God's salvation through Jesus, freely, by the grace of God. We need to have Jesus as the Lord of our lives. We need to let Him control every decision because He always knows what is best. When He is in control of our lives, we experience His peace. John 14:27 tells us, Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Soon after the angels proclaimed praises to God, they ascended to heaven. The shepherds were excited and full of joy because they heard Jesus was born and had come to save them from sin and death. They wanted to see God s promised Messiah, the child praised by angels in heaven; so they went straight to Bethlehem where they found the baby Jesus lying in a manger. L U KE 2:16-20 An d t h e y c am e w i t h h as t e an d f o u n d M ar y an d J o s e p h, an d t h e B abe l y i n g i n a m an ge r.

8 N o w w h e n t h e y h ad s e e n H i m, t h e y m ad e w i d e l y k n o w n t h e s ay i n g w h i c h w as t o l d t h e m c o n c e r n i n g t h i s C h i l d. An d al l t h o s e w h o h e ar d i t m ar v e l e d at t h o s e t h i n gs w h i c h w e r e t o l d t h e m by t h e s h e p h e r d s. B u t M ar y k e p t al l t h e s e t h i n gs an d p o n d e r e d t h e m i n h e r h e ar t. T h e n t h e s h e p h e r d s r e t u r n e d, gl o r i f y i n g an d p r ai s i n g G o d f o r al l t h e t h i n gs t h at t h e y h ad h e ar d an d s e e n, as i t w as t o l d t h e m. The shepherds went to see the newborn baby, and when they saw everything the angel said was true, they were full of joy! The shepherds were so excited about the good news that they shared the good news that the angels had brought them with everyone. They knew that God had provided salvation for everyone that special night because God is our salvation. When we hear good news about Jesus, should we tell others? Jesus told his disciples to go and make disciples of all nations. He was telling them to spread the good news because God is our salvation. He came to save the world from sin and death. All you have to do is believe in Him. Do you think people want to hear this good news?

9 Spread the Good News Line your children up to leave the classroom. Take them from class to class and have them tell the other children that the Messiah has come. If the other classes are out doing the same, have them tell the other groups they pass in the hallway. Return to class and resume the lesson. After they had made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this child, they returned to watching their sheep. Do you think they were happy when they returned to their sheep? The Bible says they were glorifying and praising God. They went back celebrating and honoring God because God is our salvation. We need to remember today to celebrate the precious gift of Jesus. PRAYER Lead the children in a prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus and the great salvation that is ours through Him. If there are any children who have not yet responded to the gospel, give them opportunity to do so.

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