The Visit to the Temple:
When baby Jesus was eight days old, His parents took Him to the temple in
Jerusalem, because they wanted to present Jesus to God. While they
were there, an old man named Simeon was in the temple and God had
promised that he would not die until he had seen the Son of God.
When Simeon saw baby Jesus, he took Him in his arms and said to God, "Now
I have seen Your salvation. He is to be a light for the people and
bring glory to the people of Israel." An old prophetess named Anna
also saw the baby and told the people that Jesus had come to save them.
That was very exciting, wasn't it? Would you have also liked to
have been there to see Baby Jesus? (Let the children respond).
Wise Men Arrive:
There was a fine palace in Jerusalem and it's rooms were beautifully
decorated with many lovely courts and fountains. King Herod lived
there and was dressed in rich silk robes and was looked after by many
One day some Wise Men came to Jerusalem from far away countries and were
asking where the new King of the Jews had been born. They had
seen a strange star in the east, and knew that this meant the birth of
a very great King, and they had come to worship Him.
Herod's Evil Plan:
When Herod heard about this, he sent messages to the Chief Priests and
asked them to come to the palace and talk about this exciting matter.
They told him that the prophets had said long ago that a
wonderful new King would reign over the Nation of Israel. Herod
then asked where this great King was to be born, and they replied that
it was to be in Bethlehem.
Herod then called the wise men and said to them, "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 telling the truth? (Let
the children respond). No! This was a great big lie,
because Herod was jealous and his heart was very wicked! He
meant to kill the baby Jesus he could find him!
Visit by the Wise Men:
However, the Wise Men didn't know this, so they set out for Bethlehem.
As they rode their camels, they followed the shining star until
it stopped over the house where the child was. They got down from
their camels and asked if they might go in. When they saw Mary
with the little baby in her arms, they knelt down and worshipped Him.
They then presented gifts to the baby King, of gold, sweet-smelling
incense and myrrh. Would you have liked to give a present to
Baby Jesus? (Let the children respond). What would you
have given Him? (Let the children respond).
The Wise Men were warned in a dream not to go back to that wicked King
Herod, and so they returned to their country by another route.
Flight to Egypt:
That night while Mary and Joseph and 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,
knowing that another King had been born in the land. So he woke
up Mary and she quickly gathered their belongings together, while Joseph
brought their donkey to the door. He helped Mary mount the
donkey and then they set out on the long road that led to Egypt.
God guarded them and Joseph and Mary were able to stay safely in Egypt
until Herod died. Then one night, the angel appeared again to
Joseph in a dream 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".
Living in Nazareth:
But, when Joseph learnt that Herod's son was reigning in his father's
place, he felt it would not 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.
Joseph and Mary avoided Bethlehem on their return journey and settled in
the town of Nazareth. Here Joseph set up his business as a
carpenter and Jesus grew up to be an obedient and sweet boy.
Giving Yourself to God:
We also need to give ourselves to God. You can do this be asking
Jesus to come and live in your heart, and to forgive you for all the
wrong things you had done and said. Jesus will hear your prayer
and make you into a child of God.
And then Jesus wants you to grow up and live a life that pleases God,
just as He did.