Upper Elementary

God Sends His Son

Lesson 3 


Winter 2019-20


By: Nance Keyes 


December 15, 2019

Lesson Focus:

Message delivered: Jesus came to save us.

Bible Basis:

Matthew 1:18—2:12; Luke 2:6-20

Materials Needed:

Step 1:

  • Internet access

Summary & Links:

Students will watch a video about a dramatic rescue as they consider how our greatest need for saving is from sin.

Memory Verse:

[The angel said,] “You are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
—Matthew 1:21

Step 1:

Students will watch a video about a dramatic rescue as they consider how our greatest need for saving is from sin.

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access

In October 2019, tropical storm Imelda hit Texas hard. Cops came together to help a family of four stranded in their car as the flood rose. This video was caught on the bodycam of the Conroe police officers in the chain. One of the cops went under as she struggled to get to the car. When she came up, her flashlight illuminated the path for a little boy being passed to safety. Thankfully, all the victims were rescued. Police said the incident was just one of many rescues that first-responders made as the storm pounded the area. 

Show the following video [1:09]:
Cops Form Human Chain to Rescue Family in Texas Flood

  • When the family suddenly got trapped in their car stuck in the flood waters, how do you think they felt? (Answers will vary.)

The family was unaware they would need to be saved from near death that night, but they are thankful that when the need arose, the Conroe police officers were there to rescue them. The police officers risked their own lives in doing so. Some might call them heroes while others might call them saviors. A savior is someone who saves from danger; a hero is someone whose courage is honored.

  • Were the police officers more heroes or saviors? Why? (Answers will vary.)
  • From what other dangers do people need to be rescued? (Answers will vary but might include fires, accidents, being lost, negative thoughts, addictions, fears, abuse, etc.)
  • Who are the people we count on to rescue or save us from harm? (Answers might include: parents, fire fighters, police officers, teachers, pastors, doctors, paramedics, etc.)
  • When have you been rescued or helped out of a difficult situation? Who helped you? (Answers will vary.)

There are times when we realize our need to be rescued, but at other times, the need to be rescued isn’t as apparent. Sometimes we are in need of help, and we just don’t know it. Or maybe we don’t want to admit the need. It might even be that it’s not a 911-type of rescue, and we don’t know who to turn to for help. 

As Christmas approaches, we are reminded that many years ago Jesus, the Son of God, was sent to earth, born as a baby. He was sent with a specific purpose. Let’s see how that purpose relates to us, and our need for a rescue.

Looking for Steps 2, 3 & 4?

You can find Steps 2 and 3 in your teacher’s guide. To purchase a teacher’s guide, please visit: Bible-in-Life or Echoes.

Step 4:

Materials Needed:

  • Internet access
  • Chenille wires (also known as pipe cleaners)
  • Scissors
  • Pony beads (red, white, and green)
  • Optional: Faceted beads (red), low temp glue gun/glue sticks, yarn

Before class, check out the craft tutorial found here in order to familiarize yourself with the activity. It always helps to make a sample if possible. Note that the tutorial suggests gluing a red faceted bead to the end of the chenille wire and then another one to the other end once the children have strung the pony beads onto the chenille wires. This is definitely an option, but it can be avoided by simply turning up the wire on each end to keep the beads from falling off. Our version includes green beads.
Candy Cane Ornaments

The Texas family we talked about earlier did not know that before the night was over, they would need for someone to save them from the raging flood waters. Similarly, people often do not realize their need for Jesus to save them from sin. In both situations, being rescued or saved results in life. For the Texas family, this meant their life on earth. For those who accept Jesus’ offer of salvation, this means eternal life with God. Christmas is a celebration of life: Jesus’ life, the birth of the Savior.

Sometimes at Christmas we think we need a lot of things. We want to unwrap presents packed full of those things. All the while, God sent to us what, or who, we need the most: Jesus, our Savior.

Let’s make some Christmas ornaments to remind us that Jesus came to save us. Make one for your household and make another for a friend who does not know Jesus. These ornaments can be hung on the tree or as a decoration anywhere.

Distribute supplies.

Shape the chenille wire after it is covered in beads like a candy cane or shepherd’s staff. The top of the cane hangs over a branch on the tree.

Bend the top point of the wire, so the beads will not fall off the wire (or glue a faceted bead to each end once your students have filled it with pony beads). Fill the wire with beads: green, red, white; green, red, white, until it is full. Bend the bottom of the wire up to keep the beads from falling off.

The green bead represents a symbol of life; Jesus came to earth and lived among us and offers us eternal life. The red bead represents the fact that Jesus was born so He could die for us, shedding His blood to pay for our sins. The white bead represents that Jesus made us clean before God, spotless and forgiven.

When you hang the ornament at home, and when you give the ornament to a friend, explain what the colors of the beads represent. If you do not decorate with a tree, or your friend does not celebrate Christmas, use yarn to create a loop to hang this ornament as a decoration anywhere that you will be reminded that Jesus came to save us.

Allow time for the students to practice telling each other what the beads represent, so they will remember for later.

While the students are working, you may want to play the following [3:00]:
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

Remind your preteens that you are available if any of them want to talk to you privately about how to know Jesus as their Savior. Help on how to share the Gospel with this age group is found in your teacher’s guide.

Close in prayer thanking God for sending Jesus to be our Savior, even when we did not know or understand how great our need for Him was or is. Pray for those who do not know Jesus; pray for their salvation.

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