Dec 16, 2015

10 Days of Nativity: Day 8

Day 8: Magi See the Star

Talk about conspiracy, Herod was secret and had a little plan in his pocket. But nevertheless, the wise men or magi saw the star and followed it. I can only imagine their knowledge of stars to recognize a new one! Today you could offer a little 'follow the star' by leading your little 'wise men' with a star ornament or a simple flashlight. Our set has the 'standard' three wise men this time, so they won't be lonely like that shepherd.

Introduce: Wiseman 1, Wiseman 2, Wiseman 3

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-9
Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose[b] and have come to worship him.” When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet:
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
    are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler
    who will shepherd my people Israel.’”
Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was.
Questions You May Ask you Kiddos:

What did the magi see to make them come to find Jesus? What was Herod's response to the magi's message? Once the magi found Jesus, what were they to report to Herod? Where (or to whom) did the star lead?

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