Needed: Volunteer to play Simeon
Lesson: Ask students, If you could have anything, what would it be? What is your greatest wish in life?
Ask students, Have any of you ever had to wait for something? What’s one thing you had to wait for?
(The leader should share a story of time they had to wait for something.)
Well, there was a man in the Bible who had to wait a really long time for something. Let’s meet this man now and hear his story.
Ask Simeon to come in.
Simeon: Hello, everyone! My name is Simeon and I want to tell you about the best day of my life. It was the best day of my life because I got my greatest wish on that day. You see, the prophets in the Bible had been telling us for hundreds of years that Jesus was going to come. Oh, they didn’t call Jesus by name. They would just say the Messiah was coming or the Savior or something like that. And they kept giving us hints of what this Messiah, this Savior, this Jesus, would be like and they kept giving us hints about what He would do and how He would save us.
Well, my greatest wish was to see Jesus, the Messiah and Savior, and when I was an old man, God promised me that I would see Jesus. God told me I wouldn’t die until I saw the Savior. So I just kept waiting. And then, one day, it happened! God just suddenly told me to go to the Temple, the church of those days, and I did. And do you know what happened? In walked Mary and Joseph, carrying baby Jesus! Jesus was only eight days old, but I knew He was the one. I knew that He was the Savior.
So I ran over to Him and picked Him up in my arms and I said, “Praise God! I have seen the Savior! I can die a happy man because this was my greatest wish.”
But I wasn’t the only one there that day who was waiting to see Jesus. A prophetess named Anna, a very old woman, who was always at the church, came up started talking to all the people and telling them about Jesus and what He would do.
Have students thank Simeon for sharing his story and then review their learning with the following questions. Remember to always allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.
What did Simeon want most in the whole world? What was his greatest wish? To see Jesus.
And that should be our greatest wish, too. We should want more than anything to see Jesus. And God promises that if we believe in Jesus, we will see Him one day because if we believe in Jesus, we will die and go to Heaven and then we will see Jesus everyday because we will forever with Him and God in Heaven.
What did Anna do in this story? Do you remember? She was an older prophetess, waiting in the church, and when she saw Jesus, she did what? She told everyone who was there about Jesus.
Why is it a good thing to tell people about Jesus?
Because God has said that anyone who does anything wrong, anyone who sins, has to die and go to Hell for their punishment. But, if we believe in Jesus, Jesus is our Savior, who saves us from going to Hell when we die because Jesus already died for our sins and went to Hell for us when He died on the cross. Now, if we believe in Jesus, we don’t have to go to Hell when we die. Instead, we can go to Heaven and live God and Jesus forever. But if we don’t tell people about Jesus, then they can’t believe in Him. And they have to believe in Him to be able to go to Heaven and not Hell. So that’s why we have to tell people about Jesus, like Anna did. So that people can believe in Jesus and go to Heaven when they die.
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