Bible Passage: Luke 2
Story Point: Simeon and Anna worshiped Jesus as the Messiah.
Key Passage: John 1:1-2
Big Picture Question: Is Jesus God or a human? As the Son of God, Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
Children’s Lesson: Jesus Was Dedicated (Luke 2)
Christ Connection: Throughout the Old Testament, God promised the arrival of a king who would redeem people. When Jesus arrived, Simeon and Anna knew He was the promised Messiah. Today, we have faith that Jesus is God’s Son. We can trust Jesus for our salvation, and like Simeon and Anna, we should share the good news.
Discussion & Bible Skills
Distribute a Bible to each kid. Help kids find Luke 2.
Ask the following questions. Lead the group to discuss:
Early Childhood (2-5 years old):
1. Where did Jesus’ earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, take Him to obey God’s rules? (the temple)
2. What promise did God make to Simeon? (Simeon would not die until saw the Messiah, Jesus.)
3. What did Simeon say it would be like for Mary to be Jesus’ mother? (very good, but very hard)
4. Anna did what when she saw Jesus? (thanked God)
5. What did Anna tell other people? (She told everyone the good news that Jesus the Savior had come.)
6. Is Jesus God or a human? Jesus is both fully God and fully human.
Elementary 1st-5th Grade:
1. Why did Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple as a baby? (to dedicate Him according to God’s law, Luke 2:22-23)
2. Why did Simeon say “You can let me die now”? (Simeon had seen God fulfill His promise to send the Messiah, Luke 2:29-32)
3. Whom did Anna tell about Jesus? (those who had been waiting on the Lord’s salvation, Luke 2:38)
4. How would Jesus provide salvation? Guide kids to think about Jesus’ death on the cross. Remind the kids that the fair payment of sin is death and that Jesus died in our place. He took on the punishment of God’s anger toward sin and died. Then He rose again to prove His sacrifice was enough.
5. What are ways people might respond to Jesus? Discuss the reactions of Simeon and Anna, who were excited and happy and told others about Jesus. Then discuss why some people might not believe the good news, or might feel it is too good (or they are too bad) to accept the gospel as true. Point out that some people might think they know Jesus but never have a real relationship with Him.
6. What other promises has God given us? Remind kids that God has promised salvation to everyone who trusts in Jesus. He has promised to send Jesus back to fix everything sin has broken. He has promised to give us new life, joy, and peace through Jesus. Help kids understand that He has not promised an easy life.