Kids Lesson: Jesus Was Born!
Jesus Was Born – John 1
Jesus was born! This was very good news! Jesus was not like other babies. Jesus is God’s Son. God sent Jesus to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to show us what God is like.
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Bible Story - Jesus Was Born
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John was one of Jesus’ disciples. After Jesus went back to heaven, John wrote to tell people about Jesus. John called Jesus “the Word.” John said the Word was there in the beginning, before the world even began. The Word has always been with God, and the Word is God. When God spoke to create the world, all things were created through the Word. John was saying all these things about Jesus. John wrote that God sent a man named John the Baptist to get people ready for Jesus. John the Baptist told people about Jesus so they would believe He is God’s Son. People did not know who Jesus was when He came into the world. He was born in Bethlehem to a young woman named Mary. An angel told shepherds about Jesus’ birth. The angel said, “I have good news for you! Today a Savior was born. He is the Messiah God promised!” Jesus grew up and His own people did not welcome Him or love Him. But everyone who did welcome Him and love Him, He invited them to be part of God’s family—to be children of God. What good news! Jesus is the Word who became a human and lived on earth. People saw His glory as the one and only Son of God. Long ago, God gave people the law through Moses, but now He has given us grace and truth through Jesus. No one has ever seen God, but Jesus—God’s one and only Son—has shown us what God is like.
Bible Story Summary
- People did not know who Jesus was when He came into the world.
- Jesus is the Messiah God promised.
- Jesus invites all who welcome and love Him to be children of God.
- Jesus came to show us what God is like.
- What did you learn about Jesus and the Word from the Bible story?
- What do you know about Jesus’ birth?
- How does Jesus show us what God is like?
Make Christmas cards to give to neighbors, friends, and family. Include a verse or two from John 1.
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Gather several child-friendly manger scene figures. Lead kids to arrange the figures so they are worshiping Baby Jesus. Offer a few toy farm animals for preschoolers to add to the scene.
Say: We celebrate Christmas to remember Jesus’ birth. God chose a young woman named Mary to be Jesus’ mother. Joseph was her husband. An angel told shepherds to go to Bethlehem to find Jesus, the Messiah, where they worshiped Him. Listen to the story to find out what Jesus came to the world to do.
Elementary Discussion Questions
Help your kids find John 1. Ask the following questions:
Who existed in the beginning with God? (The Word, John 1:1)
Who came to tell about the light coming into the world? (John the Baptist, John 1:6-9)
What did Jesus show us when He became human? (What God is like and His love for us, John 1:14-18)
How do we receive “grace and truth” through Jesus? Guide kids to see that everyone who repents and believes the gospel is saved. We receive the truth of the gospel as a gift from God and His grace saves us from our sin. Apart from Jesus, no one can receive grace and truth.
What does it mean for Jesus to be the light of the world? Discuss the fact that, although we think of light and darkness as opposites, darkness is really the lack of light. Light and darkness don’t clash and cancel one another out, light always defeats darkness and pushes it back. Jesus’ work on the cross defeated sin and death— spiritual darkness—overcoming it completely.
Why is it important to understand who Jesus is beyond just a baby born two thousand years ago? Help kids think through the importance of Jesus’ identity as God the Son. Remind them that His full humanity combined with His full diety made Him the only One who could provide the perfect sacrifice. Jesus’ birth is important because it marked the moment God came to earth to save us from sin.
Close with this: Jesus came to bring us life. Jesus’ life did not just teach us about God, it set the stage for Him to give us eternal life through His death and resurrection.
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