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This is lesson 2 of 3 in the Christmas kids sermonlink series. See also the adult edition of this lesson, or view the separate youth lesson.

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Memory Verse
Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” Matthew 1:23

Hey kids! Today we’re talking about the birth of Jesus. Remember what happened last week? An angel came and told Mary that she was going to have a baby, and that baby was going to be named Jesus. But, while Mary still had baby Jesus in her belly, she and her husband Joseph had to travel far away to a place called Bethlehem. When it was time for baby Jesus to be born, Mary and Joseph had to find place to stay. But this turned out to be a big problem.

There was no room in the _______

An inn is kind of like a hotel. It’s where people would stay when they were traveling. But since the inn was full, Mary and Joseph had nowhere to stay. But baby Jesus had to be born somewhere, so let’s read what happened next.

Luke 2:7 She gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them.

Baby Jesus was born in a manger! Mangers were gross feeding trays that horses and cows would eat out of. They were dirty, stinky things that no mom would want to place her baby! What makes this part of the story so cool is Jesus didn’t care where he was born. He just wanted to come.

________ came to be with _____

Remember Jesus’ nickname that we talked about last week? His nickname was Immanuel. Our memory verse for this series tells us what it means.

Matthew 1:23 Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means “God is with us.”

Jesus came to be with us because he loves us! He didn’t need a fancy hotel or even a clean bed! He chose to come to a stinky barn in a little no name town so that he could one day die on a cross to pay for our sins. So, since Jesus has done a lot for us, we should do something for him.

[Related: Simon Says, “Follow God”]

We should make _______ in our ________ for Jesus

Let’s not be kids that say, “There’s no room in my heart for you Jesus.” No way to that! Jesus should be the most important person in our lives. He should be our top priority. He should matter more than any present waiting for us under the tree.

[Related: How to Know God Better]

The story of Christmas is all about Jesus coming to be with us but we have to invite him into our hearts. We do that by trusting in Jesus and what he did for us on the cross. Have you made room in your heart for Jesus? If you haven’t, talk to a parent or teacher about it today and they’ll be happy to help you do it. Don’t be like the people at the inn and run out of room for Jesus!

Answers: inn, Jesus, us, room, hearts

Questions:

  1. What was your favorite part of the video? What is one thing you learned from the video?
  2. Where’s the coolest place you’ve stayed on a vacation? Why was it so cool?
  3. Where was Jesus born? Why did he end up in a barn?
  4. What does Immanuel mean? Why is it important to know that God came to be with us?
  5. How do we invite Jesus to live in our hearts? (see Foundations #1-Trust Jesus)
  6. Read 1 John 4:9. What did God do to show us how much he loves us? Where can we live forever with him some day?
  7. How will you apply this lesson to your life this week?

Bonus Questions: Use these passages to have more conversations this week.

  1. Read Acts 4:12. Who came to save us from our sins? Why is Jesus the only one who could do that?
  2. Read Luke 19:10. How did Jesus save us? Why do we need to be saved?
  3. Read John 3:17. Jesus came to save us, not to punish us. How can you show Jesus how much you love him this week?

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