Theme: The Light of Nations
Matthew 2: 1-12 – [And the three Wise Men asked] “Where is he that is born ‘King of the Jews?’ for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”
John 9:5 - [Jesus said] “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
Set up: two puppets, Fred and Jane, interacting with the Classroom Teacher. Teacher hangs a big paper cut-out star in one corner of the room.
Good morning Fred.
Good morning Jane.
Do you see that big star in the sky?
No, what big star?
That star, over there. [Pointing to a corner in the classroom.]
Oh, yes, I see it.
Class, what story in the Bible does that star remind you of?
Oh I know, I know!
Ok Fred, but let me ask someone else first.
[The teacher picks a student who has raised his/her hand. After hearing from several children — most of whom will mention the story of the three Wise Men or Kings following the Star of Bethlehem to find the baby Jesus — the teacher asks Fred…]
What was your answer Fred?
The Bible says that on the first day of creation, God created light.
Wow Fred! That’s a very good answer. Just like the starlight, God created the sunlight.
[Reference: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:3-5)]
Jane, what do you think would happen if God had not created light?
I think people would be afraid. They wouldn’t know where to find food or how to build houses!
I think you are right Jane. Thank you Jane, you and Fred can sit down now.
God gave us sunlight so that we can see how to find food, make clothes, build houses and find our way to school and church.
But all of these things are physical things. They concern the body … taking care of our bodies and our families and our communities.
Sunlight, starlight, moonlight and our flashlights show us where to go and where to live, but they don’t show us how to live. They don’t show us how to act, how to treat one another, how to care for each other or how to love each other.
So, God gave us different kind of light. A light for our minds, a light for our hearts. A light that guides us through life and show us how to act.
What is this other light?
This light is Jesus and, more specifically, the Word of God as taught by Jesus: words like the Ten Commandments and The Golden Rule. Who knows The Golden Rule?
Just like sunlight helps us find where we live, the light or words of Jesus show us how to live.
[Question to the class] What do you think would happen if God had not given us Jesus or the Ten Commandments?
Closing Scripture Reading:
Isaiah 60:19 – “The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.”