This continues our series learning about Jesus. This is week 3 in the fourth quarter of a year of Preschool Bible Study that I assist with on Wednesday evening.
There are two parts of the Bible: Old & New Testament. We can learn about Jesus and His life in the New Testament. The first four books are called the Gospels. They are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
Who remembers the names of Jesus’ parents? Mary and Joseph The angel sent from God named Gabriel visited Mary and Joseph. Gabriel told them that Mary was going to have a baby. They were to name Him Jesus.
Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth. They went to Bethlehem to be counted and they couldn’t find a place to stay because all the inns were full. Mary and Joseph stayed in a stable and when Mary had baby Jesus, they laid Him in a manger. There were shepherds that came to visit Jesus. The shepherds were very happy to see Him! When the shepherds left Jesus, they told everyone about Him!
Last week we learned about Jesus when He was about a month old. There was an older man named Simeon that lived in Jerusalem. Simeon went to the temple and saw Jesus. Simeon took Jesus in his arms and was so happy to see Jesus the Savior.
There was also an older lady in the temple. Anna was 84 years old. She stayed in the temple fasting and serving God. She also gave thanks to God for seeing Jesus and told everyone about Him.
Jesus has been growing and is about 1 ½ to 2 years old. The Bible tells us that Jesus was a Young Child.
There were Wise men from the east. They studied astrology. That means they studied the stars and planets. One night, they saw a bright star in the sky. They followed the star to Jerusalem and told King Herod that they were looking for the King of the Jews. They had seen His star in the east, and they wanted to worship Him.
When King Herod heard this, he didn’t like it. King Herod gathered the chief priests and scribes together and questioned them about where Jesus was born. Then King Herod talked to the wise men. He sent the wise men to Bethlehem and told them to look for baby Jesus.
The star they the wise men had been following, was in the sky again. They followed the star until it was over the house where young Jesus lived.
The wise men saw Mary with Jesus and they fell down and worshipped Jesus. They opened their treasures and gave gifts to Jesus. They gave Him gold, frankincense and myrrh. The wise men were so happy to find Jesus!
These are the visuals I use for the Wise Men gifts. Click here to see more.We used this accordion for review and the kids really enjoyed it! They added a star and smiley face sticker. Click here to download the color and black & white with directions.