Children’s Sermon: The Birth of Baby Jesus
Objective: To compare the circumstances of the Birth of Baby Jesus versus a baby being born today. The children will understand that a birth today is celebrated by friends and family, but, Jesus’ birth was celebrated by the entire world; rich and poor, from near and far away, on earth and in the Heavens.
Luke 2:13-14 – And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!” “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”
Sample Dialogue for A Children’s Church Lesson – Birth of Baby Jesus
At the time of Baby Jesus’ Birth, things were a little different than today. “Who knows where they were born?” (hospital or at home). That’s right; we were all born either at home or in a hospital with doctors and nurses around us to help take care of us.
“Where was baby Jesus born? At insert name of local hospital?” No, he was born in a stable or really what we, today, would call a barn! Not very fancy, really, when you think about it.
“Who else was there when you were born? Maybe out in the waiting room?” (Grandparents, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, etc,) Most of us had loved ones right there waiting patiently to celebrate our birth.
Who was with Mary and Joseph when baby Jesus was born?
(The animals in the barn.)
No family members or friends were there to help celebrate the birth of baby Jesus right away. But, just as your parents had many visitors over the next several days and months after you were born, so did Mary and Joseph.
“Who were some of the people who came to visit baby Jesus after he was born?” (The Shepherds, the Three Wise Men, The Angel). Now, these visitors who came to see this new baby, they did not just drive over or hop on a plane. “How did these people get to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus?” (They walked or rode camels).
That’s right, it took a very long time for them to come and see Jesus! “Now, I don’t suppose Joseph got out his I-Phone and sent out a message on Facebook, or Twitter, with an attached picture of this new baby boy of his?” (NO! OF course not!).
“Then how did the Shepherds and the others know that Jesus was even born, and how to find Him?” (The angels, the star over the stable).
• At this point, read the scripture verse from Luke 2:13-14 (or extend the reading to include the story of the angels appearing to the Shepherds in the field and telling them to go see the newborn King. (Luke 2:9-16)
• Reading the story from one of the Rhyming Bibles would be ideal if you mostly have younger children in the audience.
As the children, “Did you have complete strangers come to visit you and your parents when you were born? Did they come to bring gifts?” (No!)
Explain how, that even though Jesus was born in a little, unknown stable, alone with his parents and the animals, He was the most important baby ever born on earth.
He was named Jesus, Christ the King, and the Son of God.
Point out that He was the King of all people; rich and poor (the Three Wise Men and the poor Shepherds).
Remind the children that even though He was born in a stable, and using a manger, or really, a food trough, for a bed that baby Jesus was a very happy, healthy, and much-loved baby; just as they were when they were first born.
End with singing “Away in a Manger”.
If there is going to be a family at the service with a newish born baby, you could easily set this up as an interview between the parents (while holding the baby) and the children. It would add a wonderful dynamic.
A Children’s Church Lesson – Birth of Baby Jesus