Welcome your students as they enter. As everyone settles in, have a discussion about where your families and ancestors come from. Some students might know more about their genealogy than others. You can include conversation about family traditions with questions such as: What do you eat at holidays? Do you have any family traditions from different cultures?
In our culture, DNA tests to determine your ancestry or genealogy have become really popular. Basically, you spit into a tube and send it to a lab to analyze. The company then sends you back information about where your ancestors came from. If you search online, you can find tons of stories of people being shocked by the new information they learned about their ancestors. Let’s watch a video of some celebrities who had surprising DNA test results.
Share the following video with your students [1:06]:
6 Unbelievable Celebrity DNA Test Results
- Has anyone in your family had a DNA test done? What facts about their heritage did they discover? (You may not find anyone in your group who has had this done yet. If not, ask, “Would you like to find out more about your heritage?”)
- Why do you think these DNA tests are so popular with many in our culture? (Answers will vary. People want to know where they came from. It’s just interesting. Our past is part of our identity, etc.)
- Why might it matter to people if they find out their ancestry isn’t what they thought it was? (Answers will vary. Maybe they’ll discover a mystery in their family history, maybe they’ll discover that they’re actually a part of a group against which they previously discriminated, etc.)
- Our genes and family history make up part of our identity, but they certainly don’t determine our whole identity. What else is important to a person’s identity? (Where they live, what they like, their religion, the choices they make, their talents, etc.)
- If someone asked you who you are, what other parts of your identity would you want to highlight? (I like basketball, I’m quiet, I’m outgoing, I like school, etc.)
We just celebrated Christmas where we learned the background of Jesus’ identity: where He’s from, who His ancestors were, and so on. Today, we get to dive into a new part of Jesus’ identity: the part that teaches us just how important and unique He is.