The Birthday of a King


The Birthday of a King

Study by Judson Edwards
Commentary by Charles Bugg

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Brief Description

The first four lessons in this unit draw inspiration from a traditional interpretation of the Advent candles as the Prophets’ Candle, the Bethlehem Candle, the Shepherds’ Candle, and the Angels’ Candle. The final lesson, which occurs after Advent, celebrates the theological meaning of Jesus’ birth as described in the prologue to John’s Gospel.

In the first lesson, taking our cue from the Prophets’ Candle, we delve into some of the prophetic words about the Messiah in the book of Isaiah. As we study these Old Testament prophecies, we will ask ourselves, How is God present in my life—yesterday, today, and tomorrow?

In honor of the Bethlehem Candle, we move in the second lesson to the little town of Bethlehem, a most unexpected place to serve as the birthplace of the King. Through what unexpected sources might God want to bless us? As we think about ancient Bethlehem, we will ponder this question.

The third lesson reminds us of the Shepherds’ Candle. Shepherds were considered untrustworthy and irreligious, so it is surprising that God chose shepherds to receive the news of Jesus’ birth. We also may sometimes feel unworthy of God’s love. The lesson invites us to think about the kinds of people God uses.

In the fourth lesson, we focus on the Angels’ Candle and ponder the angel’s difficult message to Mary. What hard thing might God call us to do?

Finally, in the fifth lesson we explore what it means that “the Word became flesh and lived among us” (Jn 1:14). We conclude our study by asking a practical question: How is the birth of Christ relevant to my life?

May these sessions help us celebrate with new meaning the birthday of the King.

NextSunday Resources provides adult Bible studies on a wide range of topics, all of which are useful for individual or group study. A printed Study Guide offers four, five or six lessons with in-depth commentary and Bible background material. A free, downloadable Teaching Guide features a wealth of options, questions and ideas for teaching each lesson.

Materials Included
• 5 Sessions of Learner’s Materials
• 5 Sessions of Teaching Materials
• 5 Handouts

Sessions Included
1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
2. O Little Town of Bethlehem
3. While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks
4. Angels, from the Realms of Glory
5. Of the Father’s Love Begotten

Age Group


1. Isaiah 7:10-17; 8:1-4, 19; 9:2-7
2. Micah 5:2-5a; Luke 2:1-7
3. Luke 2:8-20
4. Luke 1:26-38
5. John 1:1-18

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