The Wise Men & the Flight to Egypt by Jennifer Tolbert
This is the story of how the Wise Men found and worshipped Jesus and then why Joseph had to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt.
1. Jesus's birth was the fulfillment of God's promise.
2. Jesus's birth fulfilled the Old Testament prophesies.
3. Jesus was with God, and was God, who came to us to fulfill God's plan for redemption because he loved us.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16
Go Tell It On the Mountain
Beautiful Star of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
Be Still and Know
I Love the Lord Messiah
Said I Wasn't
Shine Jesus Shine
Stand Up and Shout It
Begin Class with Songs, Games, Table Activity, or Sharing Time
Open Class in Prayer
Introducing the Story Ideas
1. Follow the Stars Scavenger Hunt
Set up a trail of stars (younger) OR a scavenger hunt with star shaped clues (older). Have a treasure waiting for them at the end. Talk about how the men we are learning about today followed a star to find the greatest treasures in all the world.
2. Wise Men Still Seek Him
Ask the kids what they think it would mean to be wise. Why do you think the wise men came? What do you think they expected to find?
Have samples of gold (or fake gold), frankincense and myrrh. Let the children smell the different gifts. Ask if these are typical gifts to give a baby. Why would they bring him these gifts.
READ Matthew 2:1-23 or tell the story of the wise men coming to visit Jesus.
Connect the story back to God and his character. Explain how this story fits into God's plan for salvation.