Toddler Nativity Lesson 3

Lesson 43 - God's Promise To Find Him!

Week 43 Crafts

Concepts Children Learn:
God promises I will find him when I look with all my heart.
God wants to be my best friend.
God loves me so much, and wants me to spend time with him.

Prep: Mark the Bible verse in your Bible: Jer. 29:13. Print and make the Kings Bring Gifts bw or color craft, or stand-up king with gift to use with the lesson. See Craft Page for directions. You may also use the star craft See Summer craft page for those directions. Print either the b&w or color story pages. If you have done the previous nativity lessons, you should already have 1-7: 1bw, 1color, 2bw, 2color , 3bw, 3color, 4stable with 4stickers or 4bw, 4color, 5bw, 5color, 6bw, 7bw, 7color, 8bw, 8 color, 9bw 10bw, 10color, 11bw craft . The numbers in parentheses tell you what Story Page to hold up while you are telling the story. (You don't need to read the words on the actual story pages. They are for use as posters or coloring pages). Only read words that are not in parentheses for the lesson. The words in parentheses tell you what actions you do.

LESSON:
Memory Verse: Jer 29:13 Scripture used as reference for lesson: Matthew 2:1-12.

How many of you have ever played the game, Hide-n-Seek? Its fun when we find the person we are looking for, isn't it? Today our story is about three kings who were looking for someone special. Listen closely and we will find out who they were looking for.

Review: (If you have new children in your class, you may want to briefly review the story, or you can choose to skip it if you know the children already understand it). So far, we heard the true story of how Jesus was born. Here's how it happened: (1, 2) One day, God sent an angel to tell Mary that she would have a baby. This special baby was sent from God! He was God's own Son! His name would be Jesus! (3) Mary and Joseph had to go on a long trip to Bethlehem. It was just about time for baby Jesus to be born. (4) Since there was no room left for them at the inn, they had to stay in the stable with the animals. (5) When baby Jesus was born, Mary wrapped him in cloths and laid him in the manger. We can pretend we are sleeping like baby Jesus. (Lay your head on your hands). Sleep, little baby, sleep real sound. (1 again) That same night, some shepherds were watching over their sheep in a field nearby. All of a sudden, an angel came to some shepherds! The angel came to tell the shepherds that a Savior was born! (6) Soon there were many angels that filled up the whole sky! They were all praising God! So the shepherds ran off to see baby Jesus! (7) There he was! Lying in the manger, all wrapped up in cloths just like the angels had told them. The shepherds were so excited that they told everybody about all they had seen that night. And, they praised God all the way back home!

Lesson: (8) Some time after Jesus was born, there were some wisemen who lived far away from Bethlehem. One night, they were watching the stars. They saw that one special star was bigger and brighter than all the others! (Point to star). They knew that this bright star meant that a Savior was born! How excited they were! (Throw up your arms). (9) Quickly they got their camels and packed some gifts to take to the newborn baby! We can stomp our feet to make the sound of the camels. (Stomp feet). Clompity-clomp, Clompity-clomp. The camels slowly followed the star through the desert. Finally, they came to the town where Jesus was. They knew they were getting close, but they didn't know where to find him. They stopped by to ask the people, "Do you know where we can find this special child who was born? We want to worship him!" When King Herod heard they were asking, he got all of his men together. They knew the best place to find the answer. They looked in the Bible! The Bible said that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Now the wisemen knew where to find him. King Herod said to them, "As soon as you find the child, come back and tell me. I want to worship him too." So, the wisemen set out again to find Jesus. Where could he be? We must find him, they thought. (Star craft) Now they could see the bright star up in the sky again. It would lead them right to Jesus! So they followed the star again. Then the star stopped right above the place where Jesus was! By this time, Jesus was about two years old. When they got there, they bowed down and worshiped Jesus. Finally they had found him! They were so happy to see Jesus! He was the one they were looking for! He is the Son of God who came to save all people! They loved him so much! (10 or 11) They gave Jesus precious gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. While the wisemen were sleeping that night, they had a dream. In the dream they were told not to go back to King Herod. (Shake head no). (9 again). So, the kings went home a different way.

CIRCLE TIME: (What does this mean for me?)

Did you like that story? I love all the stories about Jesus! In this story, the wisemen finally find Jesus. When they saw the biggest, brightest star in the sky, they knew that a very special baby was born - the one who would save them! The one who was God's own Son! So they hurried to find Jesus! But, on the way, they had to stop and ask questions. When we are learning about Jesus, sometimes we might have questions too. Its good to ask questions. That way we can learn more about Jesus. The wisemen got the answer to their question from the Bible. The Bible was written down for us a long time ago. Its God's own words to us! So, whenever we want to learn more about God, the Bible is the best place to look!

Let's look in our Bible now to hear a very special promise God gives us: (Read Jer. 29:13). That promise is for you and me, and everyone! I'm so glad we can trust God's promises. God promises that if we seek him with our whole heart, that we will find him! God loves us so much that he wants to be our best friend. He wants us to know him just like we know our close friends. He wants us to spend time with him each day. We can spend time with God when we pray or read our Bibles. We spend time with him when we worship him too, just like the wisemen in the story worshiped him. This Christmas I hope each one of you will seek Jesus, and seek him with all of your heart. He promises you will find him!

PRAYER: Allow children to take turns praying after you or a helper prays.
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