This week's lesson discusses Christ's birth and those who witnessed it and worshiped Christ. I have made a matching game for this week that you can access by clicking here: In the game, the children will match the picture of a witness to how that person witnessed of Christ. I have made a few blank cards so that I can add photos of my own children and they can write about how they can also be witnesses of Christ.
Before playing the game, the children will fill in the blanks on the matching cards using the following scriptures:
How did the wise men worship and witness of Jesus? Matthew 2:1-2, 11
How did the shepherds worship and witness of Jesus? Luke 2:15-18
How did the prophet Anna worship and witness of Jesus? Luke 2:36-38
How did Simeon worship and witness of Jesus? Luke 2:34-35
How did Mary worship and witness of Jesus? Luke 1:46-55, Luke 2:19
You may have noticed that I've used the word "prophet" instead of the word "prophetess" for Anna. This is because the Hebrew word that has been translated as "prophetess" in the King James Version is the exact same word that is translated in other places as "prophet". There are no distinct male/female terms in the original text. Anna follows in a long line of female Hebrew prophets, in fact, she shares a name with one of them: the prophet Hannah. She is also a widow, foreshadowing other widows that Jesus will interact with during His ministry.
After the matching game, we will discuss how Matthew is directly drawing parallels between Moses and Jesus. These parallels begin in Matthew 2. You can download a worksheet showing some of these parallels by clicking here.
Ideas for Sunbeams
If I were doing this lesson with Sunbeam age children, I would still use the matching game (they are great for building working memory in kids this age) but instead of matching text to picture, I would print two copies so that I could have the children match picture to picture. I would definitely still include the children's pictures in the matching game to personalize the experience for them. Then, as we played and found matching pictures we would say things like, "Anna found the shepherds! The shepherds were witnesses of Jesus!" or "Jose found Jesse's matching pictures. Jesse is a witness of Jesus!"