Lesson: Jesus’ Divinity, Holiness and Death
This is a good lesson to use for Christmas or to start off a series on Jesus’ life and ministry.
Tell the story of the 3 Magi (wise men) based on Matthew 2:1-12.
You can use simple props like crowns or boxes in Christmas wrappers.
You can have a picture card of each box to depict the Magi’s gifts or something to symbolise the gift (e.g. a gold ring/coin, incense sticks, and a small perfume bottle)
King Herod – Greatly troubled; Prophecy: ruler from Bethlehem; Tricked Magi: “So that I may worship him”
Baby Jesus – Overjoyed; Bowed down and worshiped him; Opened their treasures: gold, incense and myrrh; Dream warning; returned to their country by another route.
Gold: Most precious metal – Divinity: Symbol of Kingship; Recognised Jesus as GOD
Incense/Frankincense: Used in temple incense as worship – Holiness & Righteousness: Jesus lived a HOLY and RIGHTEOUS life Myrrh: Used as embalming agent for dead bodies – Suffering & Death; Jesus was born to DIE for us “…just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” (Eph 5:2)
a. Gold = We share Jesus’ divine nature when we accept Him as our Saviour
“…by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…” (2 Pet 1:4).
b. Frankincense = When we receive the gift of salvation (Gold), we will be holy
‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool’”
…and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
c. Myrrh: He died to take the punishment for our sins so that we can be ALIVE in Him
“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions”