Series: Advent: Wonders of His Love
Lesson: Joy: The Weary World Rejoices
Song: Joy to the World
Summary: When Jesus was born, the angel appeared to shepherds to share the good news with them. The angel told them where they could find Jesus, and they went to visit him, rejoicing and praising God for sending Jesus to be with us. The angel told the shepherds that God loves us so much that he sent his Son to earth to be our Savior. What are some ways that you see God’s love for you in your everyday life?
Activity: Shepherd ornament
Memory Verse:“The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!”
Scripture: Luke 2:8-20
8-12 There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.”
13-14 At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.
15-18 As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the sheepherders talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the sheepherders were impressed.
19-20 Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The sheepherders returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!