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4 February, 2018

Jesus, the Light of the World, Is Born

Luke 2:1-20

On the night Jesus is born, light breaks through the darkness. It’s a dark time for Israel and a dark night in the shepherds’ fields, but angels light up the night sky and proclaim God’s glory and that Jesus is the light of the world.


“Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased” Luke 2:14


Lights On, Lights Off

  1. Gather your family to play a game.
  2. When the lights go off, people will act silly.
  3. When the lights come back on, they’ll try to freeze before they’re seen moving.
  4. Play several times.
  5. Talk about these questions:
  • What are some things people try to get away with when no one else is looking?
  • How is that like the way you acted in the dark?
  • If you want to shine God’s light, how would you act?


When Darkness Reigns

  1. Wait to do this activity until it’s dark outside.
  2. Have each person choose a task from his or her chore or to-do list.
  3. Turn off all the lights, and have everyone try to accomplish their task.
  4. Turn the lights back on after a bit, and complete the tasks.
  5. Come back together and discuss these questions:
  • What was it like to try to do your task in the dark?
  • Why do you need the light to do certain things?
  • Why do you need Jesus’ light to shine on you?


Family Discussion

  • What are some ways Jesus is like light?
  • Share about ways you showed God’s light this week.
  • God thinks we’re special! What are some things you think are special about each other?


Discuss and Watch

Today we’re going to watch a video about a guy who got confused about something that was said at church.

  • In your group, tell about a time you got confused about something someone said—it can be something you heard at church or someplace else.

Watch “Karl, Light of the World.”

Karl was confused about what the pastor at his church said. He thought the pastor said that Karl should be the light of the world, and Karl thought that meant wearing a funny sunshine costume.

  • What did Karl get wrong when he thought he was the light of the world?
  • We know that Jesus is the light of the world, not us. But how can we show Jesus’ light in the world?

Jesus is the light of the world! We have the great opportunity to reflect the light and love of Jesus to others so they can experience that light and love, too.


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


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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.

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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.

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Watch “Do Right.”

What options did the boy have in this video?

Why do you think he chose to return the wallet?

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