Friday, June 22, 2012

Birth of Jesus

(Printables at the end of Bible lesson. Black and white and Spanish are also available.)

Bible Verse: “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21 (NKJV)

Scripture:  Luke 1:26-39; 2:1-7; Matthew 18-25

Click on the visual to download and print the original document

This is a VERY condensed birth of Jesus lesson. I teach on a yearly timeline, and want to make weeks available for more Acts and the Life of Paul lessons.
(CA2.1) We talked last week about the angel from God named Gabriel. He told Zacharias about John, and he also told Mary she would have a baby.
One night, an angel of the Lord went and told Joseph that Mary is going to have a son and they are to name Him Jesus. The angel said that Jesus would save people from their sins. Joseph took Mary as his wife. Joseph and Mary live in Nazareth and Joseph is a carpenter.
(CA 2-4) The Roman emperor, Caesar Augustus, made a law that everyone should be taxed, so the Roman government ordered people to go to their tribal ancestral city, and enroll by a census. Joseph was from the Tribe of Judah, so Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem. It was 70/85 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Without a car or paved road!
I had these printed for the students when they came in. They filled them in, and then we used them during the lesson. It really helped them understand the concept of census.
You can print this census recorder here:
At this part of the Bible lesson, we talked about their census paper and I wrote the results on a white board for them to see as we talked about it. (I found this idea online years ago, and do not have the original site info)
(CA 2-5) When they finally came to Bethlehem, there were a lot of people there. Everywhere they went to ask about renting a room to sleep was full. They went to see an innkeeper and asked for a room. He said: “We are full!” Joseph asked if the innkeeper could just find a place for his wife to stay. Joseph didn’t know what to do. Think about how Mary was feeling. She’s been riding on a donkey and is tired and sore. Joseph has been walking and is tired and sore. They probably just want to find a place to stop for the night!

When Joseph started to leave, the innkeeper said, “I could let you stay in the stable. It will be with the animals, but at least you will be inside.” Joseph really didn’t have a choice since he couldn’t find any place for them.
(CA 2-6) Joseph and Mary went to the stable and tried to get comfortable. Joseph probably took care of their donkey. They probably ate and cleaned up. And that night Jesus was born and Mary and Joseph wrapped Him up and laid him in a manger.
(CA 3-1) That same night, an angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds. They were terrified! But the angel said to them: “Don’t be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

The shepherds wanted to see baby Jesus. They went right away! After they saw Jesus, they told everyone about Him!

(CA 4-6) Mary and Joseph found a home in Bethlehem and stayed there. Let's talk about more men that came to see Jesus.
This took place about 1.5-2 years after Jesus was born.  So, the wise men should not be with the shepherds in pictures and bulletin boards. The shepherds came the same night, the wise men much later.
There were Wise men and they lived far to the east. One night, they saw a bright star in the sky and followed it to worship Jesus! The Bible doesn’t tell us how many Wise Men came to visit Jesus. There were 3 gifts, but that doesn’t mean that there were 3 men. They fell down and worshipped Him. They opened their treasures and gave gifts to Jesus. They gave Him gold, frankincense and myrrh.
I had the gifts for a visual. The insides have the items, found on eBay some time ago.
The gold is heavy gold glitter.
They smelled good! We talked about the value of the gifts.
You can print the Birth of Jesus worksheet here:
You can print the birth of Jesus lapbook printable here:

Here are the printables for the worksheet part of the lapbook. You can print in color or black and white. The black and white does not have a shepherd, so there is a cow for the stable.


You can find all the download links for the Life of Jesus lapbooks and the lapbook worksheets here:
Today's Project is this paper plate Nativity scene. The plates are 9" from Dollar Tree.
Here is the teacher's visual aid copy (You just cut around the circle and glue it on):
Here is the students printable with the stable in the circle and everything else needs cut and glued:
You can print the black and white version here:
 The black & white in Spanish is here:  
(Thanks to my Husband's co-worker for the Spanish translation!
The Spanish does not include the directions, sorry, just your finished product.)
The color Nativity graphics are @
The black & white are @ Logos Bible Clips (Used with permission)
All Palm Trees @
This is some of the basics I have found about the gifts, and it has been years, so I do not know any of the original information came from.

Frankincense and myrrh were both valued for perfume.

Myrrh was used for killing pain (like cough syrup) and an antiseptic for killing germs.

Myrrh came from a bush and frankincense came from a tree.

Frankincense: back then frankincense was worth a lot of money. It was used for incense or it was lit and used as a candle. It could be melted and used as an oil. If you burned it, it kept mosquitoes and sand flies away. Think about how useful that would be living in the desert!

Gold carries obvious significance. It’s precious, worthy across all cultures and times. It’s a gift fit for royalty. Gold says “He will be a king”.
Visual Aid: A Beka Series 1, Life of Christ, Need: CA 1-2,3,4,5. 2-1,2,3,4,5,6 (That is the number you see in light blue at the beginning of the paragraphs.)
There are also (pictured) free visual aids here:
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  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful projects. Love your blog! May God bless you and continue to use you for His honor and glory.


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