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11 February, 2018

Simeon and Anna See Jesus

Luke 2:21-40

Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the Temple to dedicate him. While there, they meet Simeon and Anna, who have been waiting and waiting for God’s gift of the Messiah. They praise and thank God that Jesus is God’s gift.

He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel! Luke 2:32

Praise Collage

  1. Simeon and Anna praised and thanked God for the gift of Jesus. Do the same by making a family praise collage.
  2. Cut up small pieces of wrapping paper. The bigger variety of patterns, the better!
  3. Write praises to Jesus on each piece of wrapping paper.
  4. Glue the praises to a piece of poster board.

Talk about these questions:

  • What have you done to thank people for birthday or Christmas presents?
  • What similar things can you do to thank God for the gift of Jesus?

Through the Week

Here’s an activity you can do throughout the week.

  1. Get a gift bag and put a small present inside. It could be as simple as a snack, a sticker, a nice note, or a handmade item.
  2. Pass the gift on to someone in your family.
  3. When someone gets the gift, he or she will thank the person who gave the gift and will then put a new gift in the bag and pass it on to someone else.
  4. At the end of the week, talk about how nice it was to receive gifts throughout the week and what a great gift Jesus is.

Family Discussion

  • How do you decide what would be a good gift for someone?
  • When have you given a gift you knew the recipient would love?
  • What makes Jesus a good gift?

Discuss and Watch

In today’s Bible account, we learned that Simeon and Anna had waited a long, long, long time for Jesus. They knew that Jesus would be God’s gift to the world, and they kept waiting for Jesus. Waiting can be hard.

Think and talk about a time you had to wait patiently for something you really wanted.

  • Was it worth the wait once you got that thing? Why or why not?

Watch “Waiting for Cookies.”

  • Why did the girl think it was worth the wait for those cookies?

When we pray, we often ask Jesus to do something that is important to us, like heal someone, or help us with a friendship, or help us with a test.

  • What is something you have prayed about and are waiting for God to do in your own life?
  • Pray for each other for a minute, asking Jesus to help each other as they wait for Jesus.

When someone prays for us, that is a gift to us. When Jesus helps us, it is a gift to us. Even greater than both of these is knowing that Jesus himself is a gift to us. It must have been hard for Simeon and Anna to wait for Jesus to come. The good news for us is that we don’t have to wait for Jesus—he’s already here with us and we can talk to him anytime we want. What a wonderful gift!

Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.

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• Think of someone you know who’s sick.

• Talk about some ways you could encourage that person, such as making a small gift.

• Say a prayer for that person at mealtimes or as you’re driving around town.

• If you have the person’s phone number, send him or her a few brief texts or fun pictures throughout the week.


Talk About This…

• Tell about someone who helps you feel better.


Watch and Discuss

Today we’re learning about a man who was blind. But with Jesus’ help, he could see! Jesus has the power to heal. Let’s look at this story from his perspective.

Watch “You’ll See.”

• What do you think it would be like to be blind?

• When the blind man could see, he saw Jesus! If you could see for the first time, what would you want to see first?

If you’ve been able to see your whole life, you might take it for granted. But when you see our Bible story from the blind man’s perspective—when he goes from total blackness to seeing light and shapes and finally to seeing clearly—you can see how amazing it is that Jesus has the power to heal.



Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use. 


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One Sabbath (God’s special day), Jesus heals a woman who can’t stand up straight. The religious leaders get mad at Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. Jesus says that helping others on the Sabbath is the right thing to do. Jesus does what’s right—no matter what.

Family Together Time

Have some fun as a family. Take a mystery trip to remember that Jesus knows the right thing to do, and he helps us know—and do—the right thing, too.

Go for a family walk or drive.

Give two people each a coin, and have them flip the coins just before arriving at each corner or intersection. 

If both coins are tails, go left. 

If both coins are heads, go right. 

If one coin is a tail and one is a head, go straight.

Talk about how the coins showed you the right way to go. Then talk about how Jesus shows us the right thing to do: Share God’s love.

Talk About This…

When (if ever) is it okay to break our family rules?

Watch and Discuss

In today’s Bible story, Jesus healed a woman even though some people thought he shouldn’t heal anyone that day. Jesus knew the right thing to do was to heal her, so he did! Jesus does what’s right—no matter what.

Tell about a time it was tempting to do the wrong thing. Share your own example first.

Sometimes, the wrong thing to do is so much easier! Jesus wouldn’t have had to deal with all that criticism if he hadn’t healed the woman! But he did the right thing even though it was a hard choice. Let’s watch a video where a boy has to make a choice.

Watch “Do Right.”

What options did the boy have in this video?

Why do you think he chose to return the wallet?

It was definitely tempting for the boy to take the wallet. He did at first! There was a lot of money in there, and most of us would love to have a lot of money. But it would’ve been wrong for him to keep money that didn’t belong to him. Instead, he did the right thing and returned the wallet. When we’re having a hard time doing the right thing, we can turn to Jesus. Jesus does the right thing—no matter what.

Digging Into the Life of Jesus. Copyright © Group Publishing, Inc. Permission to reproduce granted for local church use.