The Birth of Jesus Sunday School Lesson (Luke 2:1-20)

This Sunday School lesson teaches kids about the birth of Jesus. This is the first lesson in a 4-week series I created called Jesus Is Sweeter Than Candy. It uses a different candy bar each week to teach kids about Jesus.

Lesson Title: Joy to the World!

Big Idea: Jesus’ birth brought JOY to the world.

Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-20

Memory Verse: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you. He is the Messiah, the Lord.”Luke 2:11

Object Lesson Item: Almond Joy candy bar

Notes: Perfect for kids ages 6-12. This can be presented as an object lesson, kids sermon, or Sunday School lesson for kids.  I’ve included supplemental resources below the lesson.

The Birth of Jesus Sunday School Lesson (Luke 2:1-20)

Today and for the next few weeks, we’re celebrating that Jesus is sweeter than candy. We’re going to look at Jesus’ life and talk all about Jesus’ love, and how He can give our lives meaning. In order to do that, let’s go all the way back to the beginning.

Bring out an Almond Joy bar.

This is an Almond Joy bar. Almond Joy consists of coconut topped with almonds and covered in milk chocolate. Not everyone eats Almond Joy bars: some people don’t like coconut or can’t eat almonds. But for those who do eat it, Almond Joy really does bring joy.

Jesus came to bring joy to all people, not just a select few. At Christmas we celebrate Jesus’ birth with songs like Joy to the World and How Great Our Joy. Because when God sent Jesus, we gave us the sweetest gift. And brought incredible joy into our lives.

Read Luke 2:1-20.

The angel told the shepherds that Jesus being born was good news of great joy. Joy. And it was. Jesus is the Son of God. He left his place in heaven to be with us. Jesus came to earth to live among us, to show us that God is with us. To help us see the love of God firsthand. To live the perfect life that we cannot live, and to one day go to the cross and suffer for our sins. So that we can have a life filled with Joy.

Not everyone accepts Jesus. They have a hard time believing that God loves them enough to send a Savior. Some people don’t want to follow Jesus and do things His way because then they’ll have to stop doing some of the sinful things they do now. But for those of us who accept Jesus and decide to follow Him, we find that what the angels said to the shepherds is true for us too. We know the good news and are filled with great joy.

Discussion Questions:

  • Do you like Almond Joy bars? Why or why not?
  • What message did the angel give to the shepherds?
  • Why did the angel use the word “joy” to describe Jesus’ birth?
  • What did the shepherds do after the angels left them?
  • How can you experience the joy of Jesus for yourself?


Dear God, when you gave us your Son, you gave the world Joy! Bring the Joy of Jesus into our hearts today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Supplemental Resources:

Coloring Pages: Jesus Is Born Coloring Pages from Coloring Home

Worship Song #1: Jesus Is Sweeter Than Candy

Worship Song #2: Joy to the World (with motions)

Game #1: Follow That Star

Game #2: Candy Trivia

Craft Idea: Birth of Jesus Craft

Teaching Video: Jesus Is Born

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