The Gospel Message

Scripture:  Luke 2:1-20 and Matthew 2:1-12

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn Jesus fulfilled several Old Testament prophecies during the events surrounding his birth.
  • Students will learn the shepherds and angels rejoiced and worshipped the ultimate shepherd, Jesus.
  • Students will learn the wise men recognized Jesus as the King of Kings and brought him gifts usually given to royalty.
  • Students will learn how to represent the gospel message.

Guiding Question: How can students learn to share the gospel message?

Materials: White tshirts, cardboard to slide inside tshirts, fabric markers

Procedure: Review the story of the birth of Jesus from the scriptures above. Explain that the birth of Jesus signals the beginning in a huge step forward in God’s plan for redeeming mankind. Review with students the fall, the promise of a Messiah and the prophecies so we would know Jesus is the Messiah. 

Introduce the activity. Have the students make tee shirts with the symbols representing the Gospel message. 


  1. Arrow pointing down – Jesus came down to Earth
  2. Cross – Jesus dies on the cross for our sins
  3. Upside down U – Jesus rose from the dead
  4. Arrow pointing up – Jesus ascended back to Heaven
  5. Arrow pointing down – Jesus will return on Judgment Day to take God’s people to Heaven. 

Have students practice telling what the symbols on their shirts represent.

Additional Questions: How can students share the gospel with others?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students create a video to share with younger students, teaching them the gospel message with scripts and props.

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