Hey BridgeKids Families!
Do you think it was just by chance that Caesar Augustus called for a census? Did it just so happen that Mary and Joseph were traveling to Bethlehem—the very place the Messiah was prophesied to be born? (Micah 5:2) God is in control of all things, which He showed by using a pagan emperor to bring about His plan.
Open your Bibles to Luke 2:1-20. If you have younger kids you can use a story Bible to read it with them. Here you will read about how after Jesus was born, Mary laid Him in a manger. A king in a manger! It was so unlikely. But Jesus was no ordinary baby. He was God’s Son, sent in the most humble of positions, “not to be served, but to serve, and to give His life—a ransom for many” (Matt. 20:28).
Imagine the shepherds’ surprise when an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared. The Bible says that they were terrified! But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David” (Luke 2:10-11).
What a relief! This angel had come to bring good news. First, he proclaimed a Savior. The people of Israel were well aware of their need for a Savior. They made sacrifices daily to atone for their sin. Finally, a Savior had come who would be the perfect sacrifice for sin, once and for all.
This is the best news ever! An army of angels appeared, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors” (Luke 2:14).
The birth of Jesus was good news! Jesus was not an ordinary baby. He is God’s Son, sent to earth from heaven. Jesus came into the world to save people from sin and to be our King.
Help your kids understand that Jesus came because we needed him. The purpose of Jesus’ birth was twofold: to bring glory to God and to make peace between God and those who trust in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Ask the questions:
- To what city did Mary and Joseph travel (Bethlehem, Luke 2:4)
- Mary and Joseph went to Bethlehem because Joseph was a descendant of which king? (King David, Luke 2:4)
- What did Mary wrap Baby Jesus in? (cloth or swaddling clothes, Luke 2:7)
- To whom did the angel of the Lord appear (shepherds, Luke 2:8-9)
- How did the shepherds feel when they saw the angel? (terrified, Luke 2:9)
- What type of news did the angel tell the shepherds (good news, Luke 2:10)
- Where did the angel say the shepherds could find Baby Jesus? (in a feeding trough, Luke 2:12)
- What does the name Jesus mean? (Savior, Matt. 1:21)
- Why was Jesus born? Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
- PJ’s and Pop Tarts – On Sunday morning, December 30 during the 10 and 11:30 am services, BridgeKids is having a PJ’s and Pop Tarts morning. wear your favorite PJ’s to BridgeKids and we will be watching a movie and enjoying our favorite Pop Tarts, it is going to be an awesome morning!
- Serving Opportunity: In light of making room, we are ready for more people to hug some BridgeBabies! If you have been waiting for the perfect time to rock babies, now is the time. We are looking for several more adults to serve our precious little ones in nursery space. This would mean serving during the 11:30 service at least every other week. If you are interested, reply to this e-mail and David George will follow up with you.