When God Wore a Costume: A Halloween – Christmas Story {Object Lesson}

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Christmas Story

Materials: your baby picture; empty picture frame; nativity scene with shepherds, angels, animals, wise men, and family


Galilee, Nazareth, Bethlehem


The law had been given. The Old Testament was over. The Romans were in charge of the world. Roads had been built and most people spoke a common language. The time was perfect for a baby to be born.

Main Events of the Christmas Story:

Explain that you are going to show a very special baby picture. {Show the picture, but don’t tell them who it is.} Have the children list different fun, and not so fun, things about having a newborn baby. Explain that you have another baby picture to show as well. {Only show the back of the frame.} Explain that the first baby was born into sin and cannot fix the sin problem. Then tell the children that the baby in the second picture loves the first baby. In fact, the second baby was born to fix the sin problem for the first baby. Ask the children if they know who’s baby picture is in the frame. (Jesus’) {Turn the empty frame around.}Christmas story

Why is there no picture of Baby Jesus? (There are no pictures of baby Jesus that exist. In fact, there is no real likeness of Him at any stage of life.) We don’t know what Jesus looked like, but we know that He was God in human flesh. God put on a costume. God isn’t human. Jesus, who is God, took off His glory and left it in heaven and put on the flesh of man. He chose to be human to fix our sin problem. You might chose a costume to wear and pretend to be something you really aren’t. But the neat thing about Jesus is that His costume was real. Jesus really was human. He was God AND He was human.

{Use the nativity scene to set up the events of Jesus’ birth. Read and discuss the scripture. Luke 2:1-20 and then Mathew 2:1-12}

There are many traditions that Christians talk about, act out, and assume during Christmas. And many times the traditions ADD to scripture, which can be dangerous. We want to know what God’s Word says, not assume we know what it says. Read through the list of questions and see if you can figure out the answers only using the scriptures listed above. THEN set up the nativity the way you think the story REALLY happened!

Was Jesus born the first night Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem?
Did Mary ride a donkey?
Was Jesus born is a stable? or a cave?
Did the inn keeper help Mary and Joseph?
Did the shepherds visit at day or night?
Was Jesus born during the day or night?
Was Jesus born just outside of Bethlehem?Christmas Story3
Did the multitude of angels sing?
How many people did the shepherds tell about the baby?
Were the wise men there the same night as the shepherds?
Did the wise men really “follow” a star?
How many wise men were there?
Did the wise men ride on camels?
Who was troubled by the wise men?
Where were Joseph, Mary and Jesus living?
How old was Jesus?
How many gifts did the wise men give?

How do you think the nativity scene should be set up? What would you do differently? Would you add or take away characters?

In my house, the wise men are traveling and placed away from the baby Jesus. I wonder how many Christmas television shows will have the biblical story?

Life Application of the Christmas Story:

Many times we think we know everything about a story because it is familiar to us. But once you start to really read the words of God’s Word, you realize that there is so much you never knew. The world would LOVE for us to get our facts wrong. Satan would LOVE for us to not know the story of Jesus. But God wants us to be smart Christians. He wants us to read His words and think about them. Meditate on them. When you hear someone talk about a historical narrative from the Bible be sure to read your own Bible. When you are in Sunday School, take and read your Bible. When you are in church, don’t read the screen, read your Bible! Don’t take anyone’s word, but God’s word.

{Show the children the first baby picture again.} This is my baby picture. I’m the baby who was born into sin. {Show the empty frame.} I needed a Savior, someone who could fix my sin problem. I chose to believe that Jesus could fix my sin problem and because I believe Jesus lived on earth, died, and rose again in three days, my sin problem is fixed. I can have a relationship with God the Father. The only reason I can go to heaven for eternity is because God chose to wear a costume and be born as a human baby.

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When God Wore a Costume: A Halloween – Christmas Story {Object Lesson} — 7 Comments

  1. This is excellent! Thank you. I don’t home school but I do teach Sunday School. And a short version of this would be a TERRIFIC children’s sermon. Sandy

    • Christmas trees, to many, may just be a tradition. But a Christian can turn that symbol into a Christian symbol for Jesus. Jesus is called The Root of Jesse. A Christmas tree is also evergreen which shows life when every other tree looks dead. The ornaments cling to the tree as we should cling to Jesus. The lights shine telling people that Jesus is The Light of the World. Yes, we need to really think about the WHY of what we do and make sure that we use everything to glorify the Lord. 🙂

  2. Very good lesson. It’s good to know why we celebrate and to know fact from fiction. I try to instill this in Michael…but also while making sure he doesn’t use his knowledge to beat others over the head. I think that’s the hardest part for kids. We don’t do anything scary or devilish on Halloween. Our neighbors have ghosts on their porch so Michael assumed they had to be unbelievers.I told him that we can’t judge that way. Not all Christians have the same convictions. We should never have a “us vs them” mentality. We are all sinners in need of God’s grace.

    My friend J.S. had an interesting article: http://jsparkblog.com/2013/10/31/question-thoughts-on-halloween/

    I definitely think there is a fine line in these areas. There are black and white areas for sure but also grey areas where personal conviction comes into play. There are pagan roots in most things. Back when I was super legalistic in the holiday area, I used to think that every believer that had a Christmas tree or painted eggs was super ignorant of why they did so. It wasn’t until I became one of those believers that liked those things did I realize that some people know the roots and are fine with it.

    Also my kiddo knows why we celebrate. He’s completely cool with celebrating Jesus’ birth in December and in the Fall. We celebrate several holidays that the Bible never commanded (our own birthdays) but we do it for fun not to worship an idol. I like to decorate with pumpkins for Fall and flowers for Spring but I do not worship the gods of those seasons. I find the Christmas tree a lovely decoration. Now will I bow down to it and say chants to the sun god? No way! I’ll never draw a pentagram for Halloween. There is a difference though between God’s beautiful creation (that the world likes to worship) and man made symbols or idols. The Greeks used the owl symbol for Athena. I in no way worship Athena but I love owl jewelry and decor. I have a black cat but I’m not a witch. The rainbow is a symbol for the gay community but it was created by God first. So where do you draw the line? I think that comes down to personal conviction.

    People should for sure stick to their God-given convictions. But pushing personal convictions as the Gospel is crossing the line in my opinion. When I was the deepest in legalism (I’m still a recovering pharisee and will struggle that way probably til I die), I had an elite mentality. God continues to humble me and show me that there is no elite Christian. We’re all the same and Jesus’ righteousness is the only way we can stand in God’s presence. It is faith that pleases God…not the law. The law shows us that we need a savior and it’s also for our own health and to be a witness to others. It does not however give us bonus points in Heaven.

    Anywho, that’s my sermon for today lol. You’re article was in no way legalistic. It just made me think of these things so I had to share. Certain subjects hit my talkative button. I think Michael and I will do this lesson around Christmas time. Movies etc can really confuse the real Biblical events. Thanks for sharing! God bless!

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