These lessons use the “post-Christmas blues” let-down as an example of how we sometimes wait for things and wind up disheartened. However, we know that waiting for God is always worth it, because He keeps His promises. The Gospel lesson that ties in is the story of Anna and Simeon in the temple. They waited for Jesus, and saw that the Lord fulfilled His word.
Simeon and Anna spent their lives awaiting the coming Messiah. God did not disappoint them, but allowed them to see Jesus. We know that God will always keep His covenants and promises to us. He is faithful and will satisfy. This doesn’t mean He always gives us just what we think we want, but He provides what we need. When we focus on this good news, we can recognize that Christmas isn’t a one-day event, but the culmination of God’s promises.
Luke 2:22-40 Sunday School Lessons
More Teaching Ideas about Simeon and Anna at the Temple
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Video Bible Story: Anna and Simeon
These crafts coincide with the story of Simeon and Anna in the temple at the dedication of Jesus. They waited long, and God did not disappoint. Christ was worth the wait! We recognize from this story that God is faithful to fulfill His promises, and that we can wait on Him, too. These two crafts touch on the element of waiting as well as trust in God. A decorative “clock” reminds us to wait patiently, and a “box of goals” recognizes that the future is in God’s hands.
Children’s Sermon Teaching Example
This message reminds children that when we wait on God and trust in Him, He will always provide for us and fulfill His promises. The days following Christmas can feel like a let-down, when all of the excitement and anticipation come crashing to a halt and we’re left with drying pine needles and crumpled wrapping paper. Sometimes there are disappointments, if hope has been put in the wrong thing. Of course, we know (or should know) that the holiday is about much more than gifts and decorations. The true reason behind Christmas, the birth of Jesus, is something we can and should celebrate throughout the year. It’s the greatest gift we’ve ever received, and reminds us of God’s promises fulfilled.
Luke 2:22-40 ESV
22 And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”) 24 and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law, 28 he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,
29 “Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word; 30 for my eyes have seen your salvation that 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 his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
36 And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin, 37 and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day. 38 And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.
39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him. -Luke 2:22-40