16 Simeon and Anna meet Baby Jesus

UNIT #: 
IV
Lesson Theme: 
God's promises always come true.
Aim: 

God fulfills His promise in His own time. We need to be patient and faithful and wait for God's time. 

Bible Passage: 

Luke 2:25-38

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. 27 Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,

29 “Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
    according to your word;
30 for my eyes have seen your salvation,
31     which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles
    and for glory to your people Israel.”

33 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, “This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed 35 so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped there with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

Teacher’s Preparation: 

Supplies:

Robe or sheet ( to tell story in character) 

Personal Item and sheet or scarf to cover it  ( for attention grabber ) 

ATTENTION GRABBER!
Pre-set in your classroom a personal object that has great value to you. Cover it with a cloth large enough to hide it completely. Explain to the class that there is something significant under the cloth. Tell them that before the end of class they will get to see with their own eyes what is under the cloth. Proceed with your lesson......

At the VERY end of your class before closing prayer....
Remind the children that you have something under the cloth to show them. Ask the children if any of them had a hard time waiting. Go ahead and show them what is under the cloth. Explain to the class that sometimes there are promises that God makes that we have to wait for. Simeon waited a long time to
receive his promise, but he did not lose hope because he knew that God’s promises always come true.

 

 

Main Ideas: 

Put on a robe or a sheet and tell the story from the point of view of Mary or Joseph, for example say:

I am Mary/Joseph, Jesus' mother/father. 

I remember the day that we brought Jesus to the temple. He was only eight days old. Can you remember when you were only eight days old? In Bible days, God expected parents to bring their new baby to the temple to offer a sacrifice. We took baby Jesus to the temple, and we took two doves as a sacrifice. Do you know what doves are? They are pretty birds. Show the children the doves. Just as we were taking baby Jesus into the temple, an old man named Simeon came to us. He took our baby, Jesus, into his arms
and said some surprising things. First he told God how happy he was that he got to see Jesus. God had told him that before he died he would see Jesus. He was so thankful to God! Then, he told us
that Jesus would grow up and help many people know God. He also said that sometimes it would be very hard for Jesus, because people would not like him. As Simeon was speaking, an old woman came to us. Her name was Anna. She lived in the temple, serving and praying to God. She was a prophetess. Do you know what that is? It is a woman who tells people all about God. Anna told lots of people about Jesus. She
told them that he was going to help them to love God (Luke 2:38). Both Anna and Simeon had waited a long time to see Jesus. They were eager to tell people about how special he was.
Conclusion
Simeon might have waited a long time to see Jesus. How do you think he felt when he saw him? (happy)
How did Anna feel when she saw Jesus? Why were they so excited? Why was Jesus special?
Have you ever waited a long time for something? A birthday? Christmas? A new baby sister or brother? Was it hard to wait? Did you talk about it while you waited? After it happened, did you talk to people about how special it was? (Tell the children of something that you had to wait for and how you shared about it with other
people later.)
 Jesus is so special to us. We should tell other people about him, too.

Activities: 

Baby Jesus

The kids will talk about Jesus' special qualities and ways they can serve God. 

Supplies

1 Baby Doll wrapped in a blanket or scarf

Preparation:

1. Make a list of Jesus' qualities and/or things he has done for us. i.e. love, kindness, generousity, forgiveness, honesty, creating the animals, given us parents, etc. 

2. Make a list of the ways you and the children can serve God. i.e. help our parents clean, take care of our friends, be nice to our siblings, comfort those that are sad, etc. 

Instructions

It’s so exciting to hold a new baby! Have you ever held a baby before? What is it like? What do babies need? ( Let the kids tell you about how delicate infants and things they may need.) What must it have been like for Simeon; he was holding God, the creator of the universe, in his arms!

Have the children sit in a circle. Show them the doll and ask them to pretend it is baby Jesus. We are going to pass the baby Jesus around and everyone will get to hold him just like Simeon. When its your turn to hold baby Jesus, you can say something special about Him. (Start by giving an example : When I see Jesus, I think of someone who loved people. ) Pass the baby doll to the child next to you. (Say: Now you can share something that you think is special about Jesus.) 

After the baby has been passed around once, tell the children you will pass the doll around again. This time, they should say what they are going to do to serve God like Simeon and Anna did. (Start by giving an example: I can serve God by making something nice for my neighbor.Then give the baby Jesus doll to the child next to you and invite them to share how they will serve God. )

Note: 

The children may need help thinking of things that are special about Jesus, or ways to serve God. Use your lists to help them. 

Lesson Review: 

What was God's promise to Simeon?

Who were Simeon and Anna waiting for?

Why is Jesus so important?

How did Mary and Joseph follow God's rules about baby boys?

What did Simeon and Anna say to Mary and Joseph?

 

Values for Life: 
  • You can be like Simeon and believe by faith that Jesus died and rose again so your sins can be forgiven. It is faith because none of us were living when Jesus did this for us. We have to believe it even though we didn’t see it.
  • Did you know that today, believers also have a promise that they are looking forward to? A promise God has given in His Word that has not happened yet is that Jesus is going to come back and take all who believe in Him back with Him to heaven.
Life Response/My Decision: 
  • Who believes that Jesus has taken away your sins? Who believes that Jesus is coming back again for us? Who would like to believe in Jesus? (Give children a chance to respond and lead them in prayer and thanksgiving for Jesus and what He has done for us)
Memory Verse: 

Luke 2:40

New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

40 The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

Closing Prayer: 

Dear Lord, 

Thank you for helping us learn about Simeon, Anna, and Jesus today. We know you always keep your promises. Help us to be patient and trust you like Simeon. Thank you for knowing what is best for our lives. Help us to remember how to keep our promises to others and always serve you. 

In Jesus Name, 

Amen

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