Today begins a series on teaching your children (and yourself) the Christmas Story. You may say, “I’ve know the story of Jesus’ birth and so do my children. There are a lot of pieces to this story that are often overlooked and touched on very briefly. When my children were small I used individual ARCH Books. Each of these inexpensive paperback books deal with each aspect of the Christmas story. I spent a week reading and re-reading the books that dealt with each subject. The next week, I would read the previous week’s books once but move on to the next portion of the Christmas story for the most part.
Today, let’s discuss the “story behind the story,” The promised King. The people of God had been promised a king for generations, so it’s good to know a few things about these promises. Here are a few scriptures to teach: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7; Jeremiah 23:5; Micah 5:2-5a. I used some of the books mentioned above. Depending on your children’s ages, the method of impressing these truths may be different. Here are a few ideas.
- Read the scriptures out loud. Discuss what they are saying. Discuss what it would of been like to live before Jesus was born. What would the people expected in the coming King?
- Look online to find some printables that concentrate on the prophesy of Christ.
- Look at what the scriptures say about what this king would be like. Is this the way most people would picture a new king?
- What was this king going to accomplish when he came?
- Memorize one of the above scriptures as a family about the promised king.
- Find other prophetic passages about the messiah.
Pray that each member of your family will gain a better glimpse of who Jesus is through this study.
I would love to hear about the things that happen during this time of considering the promises of the coming king.