We need to present ourselves to God, so that He can change our lives,
and make us into His children.
Luke 2:21-38 and Matthew 2:1-12
Dedication of Jesus:
When baby Jesus was eight days old, His parents took Him to the temple in
Jerusalem, because they wanted to present Jesus to God. An old man
named Simeon was in the temple and God had told him that he would not
die until he had seen the Christ, whom God had promised to send to save
His people Israel.
When Simeon saw Jesus, he took the baby in his arms and said to God, "My
eyes have seen Your salvation. He is a light for all the people and
the glory of Israel." Would you have liked to have been there to
see Baby Jesus? (Let the children respond).
An old prophetess named Anna was also in the temple, and when she saw the
baby she told the people that this Child had come to save them.
Both Simeon and Anna knew that Jesus was Christ the Saviour, whom God had
The Visit of the Wise Men (Matthew 2:1-12)
In Jerusalem there was a big and beautiful building set high above the
hilly streets. It's rooms were magnificently decorated with many
fine courts and fountains. Herod the King had built this palace
and lived there surrounded by servants and dressed in rich silken robes.
Some Wise Men had come to Jerusalem from far countries in the east and were
asking where the new King of the Jews had been born, because they had seen
a strange and glorious star in the east. They knew that this meant
the birth of a very great King, and now they had come to worship Him.
Herod then sent messages to the Chief Priests and to the Scribes, and asked
them to come to the palace and talk the matter over with him. They
told Herod that the prophets had said long ago that a wonderful new King
would reign over the nation of Israel. When Herod asked them where
this great King, who was called Christ would be born, they replied that
it was to be in Bethlehem.
Herod's Evil Plan:
Herod was very jealous when he heard this and immediately wanted to kill
the baby. So he called the wise men secretly and sent them to
Bethlehem saying, "Go and search for the child and when you find him come
and tell me, so that I may go and worship him as well". Was Herod a
good king? (Let the children respond
). No, this was a big
lie, for Herod's heart was very wicked, and he meant to kill the baby
when he found him.
However, the Wise Men didn't know this, so they set out for Bethlehem.
As they rode their camels, with their servants and goods, they saw
again in the sky the great shining star that they had seen in the East.
It went before them until it stopped over the place where the child
The Wise Men got down from their camels and asked if they might go in.
And when they saw Mary with the little baby in her arms, they knelt
down and worshipped Him. They then presented gifts to the infant
King of gold, sweet-smelling incense and myrrh. And being warned
in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by
The Flight to Egypt:
Later, when Mary and Joseph and the Baby Jesus were fast asleep, an angel
warned Joseph in a dream about Herod's plans to kill all babies under two
years of age. Joseph knew how angry Herod must be to think that
another King had been born in his kingdom. So he woke Mary and
told her to quickly gather together their belongings. Joseph brought
their donkey to the door and when Mary came out with the Baby Jesus, he
helped her to mount, and then they started on the long road that led to
God was protecting them, and so Joseph and Mary were able to stay in Egypt
quite safely until Herod died. Then one night, the angel appeared to
Joseph in a dream again and said, "Rise up and take the young child and
his mother, and go back to the land of Israel. For those who sought
the child's life are dead".
But when Joseph learnt that Herod's son was reigning in his father's place,
he felt it wouldn't be safe to go back to Judea. While he was
wondering what to do, the angel came to him a third time and told him to
go and live in the north of Israel at a place called Nazareth.
And so Joseph and Mary avoided from Bethlehem on their return journey and
settled at Nazareth, a strange town built on the side of a mountain which
had once been a volcano. Here Joseph set up in business as a
carpenter, and the baby, who was to become so great and wonderful, grew up
to be a cheerful little boy.
Giving Yourself to God:
Jesus was presented to God and many of you have done the same. You
prayed and said, "Here I am God, I want You to take my life and make it
Yours!" And then you asked the Son of God to come and live in your
heart, and Jesus changed you into a child of God. And now God wants
you to grow up as a good Christian and enjoy your life in serving Him