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18 February, 2018

Wise Men Worship King Jesus

Matthew 2:1-18

A group of wise men who’ve studied the stars notice an unusual star and follow it, looking for the newborn king that had caused the star to rise. When the wise men find Jesus, they worship him because Jesus is the king. Hearing of this, King Herod wants to kill Jesus, but God leads both the wise men and Jesus’ family to keep Jesus safe.

Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him. Matthew 2:2

Reigning King

Jesus is the only true king. All other kings and queens will come and go, but Jesus is the king forever! Play this game to help your family learn that Jesus is the king forever.

  • Have everyone walk around balancing a piece of paper on his or her head—no hands.
  • The last person with the paper still on his or her head is the reigning king or queen!
  • Play a few rounds, trying to get a new king or queen each time.

Talk about these questions:

  • Why don’t regular kings and queens reign forever?
  • What makes Jesus a special king?
  • What comes to mind when you think of a king?
  • Which of those words describe Jesus?
  • What can you do to treat Jesus like a king?

Have everyone color a picture on their paper that shows a gift they could bring Jesus, their king.

Through the Week

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

  • Stop and pick up any coins you find, no matter how busy you are.
  • Look through your car, couch cushions, or other places you might find change.
  • Collect all the change in a jar.
  • Consider if there are any normal purchases you can skip this week, and use the jar to save the money you would have spent on those things.
  • At the end of the week, discuss how you can use that money to worship your king, and give it as a gift to him.

Family Discussion

Discuss and Watch "Kings and Kingdoms"

  • Can anyone name a country that has a king or a queen ruling there?
  • How do you think someone gets to be a king or queen?

The Bible tells us in Revelation 19:16 that Jesus is the King of all kings and Lord of all lords. Jesus is the king of everyone and everything. Let’s watch a video about kings and kingdoms.

Watch “Kings and Kingdoms.”

  • What do you think of when you hear the word kingdom?
  • If you were king or queen, what would your kingdom be like?
  • How do you know if a king is a good king or a bad king?

Angels came to tell the shepherds about Jesus. They don’t do that for just anyone. In fact, they’ve never come to tell about any other king in history—only Jesus! After the shepherds visited baby Jesus, they had no doubt he truly was the king. They just had to tell everyone.

Most of us will never get a chance to talk to a human king, but we can talk to Jesus, the king of everything, anytime we want. Isn’t that amazing? Think about what you would like to say to the person who is the king of everything. Would you want to ask him something, or kneel down and honor him, or give him something? It’s up to you what you want to say.

Pray – and privately talk to the king—Jesus.


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

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Watch “You’ll See.”

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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.

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