“Lesson 46: Prophets Foretold the Birth of Jesus Christ (Christmas)” Primary 6: Old Testament (1996), 207–11
“Lesson 46,” Primary 6: Old Testament, 207–11
To strengthen each child’s testimony of the divinity of Jesus Christ’s birth.
Isaiah 7:14—Isaiah prophesies that a pure young woman will give birth to God’s son.
Matthew 1:18–23—Isaiah’s prophecy is fulfilled.
Isaiah 9:6—Isaiah prophesies that Jesus Christ will come as a baby; Jesus is described by several names.
Micah 5:2—Micah prophesies that Jesus will be born in Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:4–6—The scribes knew that Bethlehem was the prophesied birthplace of the Messiah.
1 Nephi 11:18–21—Nephi prophesies that the Son of God will be born to a virgin.
Luke 1:26–31—A virgin named Mary will be the mother of Jesus Christ.
Alma 7:9–10—Alma prophesies that Jesus will be born to Mary.
Luke 2:4–7—Jesus is born.
Helaman 14:1–6—Samuel the Lamanite prophesies of the signs at Jesus’ birth.
3 Nephi 1:4–21—On the night of Jesus’ birth, there was no darkness in America and a new star rose.
Matthew 2:2—A new star appeared in Israel.
Study the lesson and decide how you want to teach the children the scripture account (see “Preparing Your Lessons,” p. vi, and “Teaching from the Scriptures,” p. vii). Select the discussion questions and enrichment activities that will best help the children achieve the purpose of the lesson.
A Bible and a Book of Mormon for each child.
The chart “Prophets Foretold the Birth of Jesus Christ” (at the end of the lesson).
Simple props, such as scarves and a doll, for a Christmas nativity scene (see the attention activity).
Pictures 6-49, Isaiah Writes of Christ’s Birth (Gospel Art Picture Kit 113; 62339), and 6-50, The Birth of Jesus (Gospel Art Picture Kit 200; 62116).
Invite a child to give the opening prayer.
You may use one or more of the following activities any time during the lesson or as a review, summary, or challenge.
Display the chart located at the end of the lesson, which shows the ancient prophets Isaiah, Micah, Nephi, Alma, and Samuel the Lamanite. The children could take turns reading the prophecies that foretold the birth of Jesus Christ.
Suggest that in preparation for Christmas the class members individually or with their families read the following scriptures, which prophesy of Jesus Christ’s birth:
The children could write these references on a note card to take home, or you could prepare a handout with the references for each child.
List key words on the chalkboard (or show pictures illustrating these items) from prophecies of Christ’s birth such as Bethlehem, star, Mary, and so on. Have the children listen for these words as you read or retell the Christmas story from Luke 1:26–38 and Luke 2:1–19. Discuss with the children the feelings Joseph, Mary, and the shepherds might have had as they participated in the fulfillment of the prophecies of Christ’s birth.
Help the children understand and memorize the ninth article of faith. During the discussion point out that we are living in a time when prophecies and revelations are being fulfilled, and invite the children to name some of these prophecies. Share your feelings about being part of a church with continuing revelation and being a witness to the fulfillment of prophecies in your own lifetime.
Discuss how the Savior’s birth, life, and Atonement are the greatest gifts we will ever receive. What gift can we give Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ at this special season of the year? Challenge the children to give the gift of love to others. You may want to tell the following story as an example of how one young boy gave his father a gift of love.
A few days before Christmas, when Rob was fifteen years old, he overheard his father say to his mother, “Mary, I hate to call Rob to milk the cows in the mornings. He’s growing so fast and he needs his sleep. … I wish I could manage alone.”
These simple words made Rob fully realize something for the first time: his father loved him!
The family was poor. Rob had bought his father an inexpensive tie, but as he lay thinking on the night before Christmas, it didn’t seem enough. With growing excitement he decided on a better gift. He would get up early and milk the cows before his father got up. He laughed to himself in anticipation of his father’s surprise.
The task went more easily than he had ever known it to go before. Milking for once was not a chore. It was something else—a gift to his father, who loved him.
His task finished, Rob returned to his bed just moments before his father called him. He knew his father would go to the barn ahead of him to get started and in only a few minutes would discover the two big cans standing in the milk-house, filled. Breathlessly, Rob waited for his return.
After what seemed an eternity, Rob heard his bedroom door open, heard his father laughing, a “sobbing sort of laugh,” and heard his father say, “Thought you’d fool me, did you?”
“It’s for Christmas, Dad!” In the morning darkness, he found his father and clutched him in a great hug. Rob’s heart was “bursting with love.”
“Son, I thank you,” his father said. “Nobody ever did a nicer thing. … The best Christmas gift I ever had, and I’ll remember it, son, every year on Christmas morning, so long as I live.” (Adapted from Pearl S. Buck, “Christmas Day in the Morning,” in Colliers, 23 Dec. 1955, pp. 10–11.)
If possible, bring a recording of “For unto Us a Child Is Born” from Handel’s Messiah. After you have listened to the music, you might have the children compare the words of the song with the prophecies of Isaiah.
Sing or read the words to “When He Comes Again” (Children’s Songbook, p. 82), “Samuel Tells of the Baby Jesus” (Children’s Songbook, p. 36), or “Away in a Manger” (Children’s Songbook, p. 42).
Invite a child to give the closing prayer.