Celebration - A Child Among Us - December 27, 2020

Bible Study “Celebration – A Child Among Us”

Share:  Your highs (something that made you happy) and lows (something that made you sad) this week with others around you or write them down.

 

Opening Prayer: Almighty God, we humbly pray that, as Jesus was presented in the temple on this day, may we also come to you with pure and clean hearts. Amen 

 

Questions:

Do you know of any traditions or ideas that have been handed down from generation to generation?

What tradition is important to you?

 

Today we celebrate Jesus being presented in the Temple and his encounters with two people, Simeon and Anna. In Jesus’ time, every first born son was publicly presented in the temple. When Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple today, they had a surprise waiting for them.

Please open your Bibles to Luke 2:22-40 and read or read the scriptures below. 

Luke2: 22-40

Jesus Presented in the Temple  

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”[a]), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”[b]

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:

29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised,
you may now dismiss[c] your servant in peace.
30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,

31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:

32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles,
and the glory of your people Israel.”

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four.[d] She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. 38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.

 

Reflection Questions:

  • What do you think it was like for Mary and Joseph to come into the temple to present their son?
  • How shocked do you think they were when Simeon took Jesus in his arms and began to sing praises?
  • What do you think Simeon felt like?
  • Simeon had been waiting for the Messiah for so long.  What do you think the moment was like for him to hold the Messiah?
  • If you were Mary and Joseph, how would you respond to Simeon?
  • How do you think Anna’s words of praise were taken?
  • In Simeon’s song, he praises Jesus as the light of the world.  How do you see Jesus shining in the world?

 

 Click her for the young learner’s lesson

 

Videos (Click on the words or url)

The Gospel Luke 2:22-40 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFjF6QorsDA

Overview: Luke 1-9 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIb_dCIxzr0

 

Activities

Bible Quiz

Word Search: https://thewordsearch.com/puzzle/1796666/celebration-a-child/

 

Candle supplies: white taper candle, alcohol wipes, acrylic paint, paint brushes, wet wipes, paper towels, ribbons, stickers, and other decorating supplies. Clean each candle with an alcohol wipe.

 

Candle Creation Jesus is a light that shines in all of our lives. To remind us of that Jesus is a light to us all, you are going to create a candle today.  Before you begin, think about some of the symbols or things that remind us of Jesus. (such as: the cross, a light, a star, etc.) Once you have some ideas, start decorating your candle.  You can paint on them, put stickers on them, and add ribbons to them.

 

Self Portrait / Inside and Outside - On the outside of you portrait, you can draw a picture of yourself. If you need help, use a hand mirror or take a picture of yourself on your cell phone. You can use pencils, crayons, markers, etc. The paper you use needs to be folded, so that when it opens, you can look at the inside. On the inside paper, you can either draw pictures or cut pictures from magazines, that represent what is ‘special’ about yourself . . . what do you like to do, what is important to you, how you can help others. Examples: can you sing; do you like to read or hike; are you gymnasts, football players, tennis or soccer players; you can paint; play music; pray; do you want to be teachers, builders, doctors, etc.

 

Prayer: God our Father, source of all light, today you revealed to the aged Simeon your light which enlightens the nations. Fill our hearts with the light of faith, that we who bear these candles may walk in the path of goodness, and come to the Light that shines forever, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.