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December Sharing Time: Names of Christ

Preparation: Print out a picture of each item suggested below (in parenthesis). Write the name of Christ (in bold) that goes along with that picture on the paper. 

Familiarize yourself with the scriptures associated with each name. Look in the Bible Dictionary under “Christ, names of” (page 633) to familiarize yourself with the many names Jesus Christ is known by. 

Post the pictures around the Primary room before sharing time begins.

Son of God. (Baby Jesus) “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:15-17)

Bread of Life. (Bread) “And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)

Judge. (Judge) “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:8)
Lamb of God.  (Lamb) “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” (John 1:29)

Cornerstone. (Cornerstone of a building) “Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.” (Ephesians 2:19-20)

Creator. (World) “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” (Isaiah 4:12)

“And he shall be called Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Father of heaven and earth, the Creator of all things from the beginning; and his mother shall be called Mary.” (Mosiah 3:8)

Shepherd. (Shepherd) “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” (John 10:11, 14)

King. (Crown) “And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen; Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.” (Luke 19:37-38)

“And Pilate wrote a title, and put it on the cross. And the writing was, JESUS OF NAZARETH THE KING OF THE JEWS.” (John 19:19) 

Light. (Light Bulb) “Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

“Behold, I am Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I am the life and the light of the world.” (Doctrine and Covenants 11:28)

Rock. (Rock) “And then at that day will they not rejoice and give praise unto their everlasting God, their rock and their salvation?” (1 Nephi 15:15)
Vine.  (Vine) “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Presentation: Ask three children to come to the front of the room. Ask the first child his first name. Ask the second child his last name. Ask the third child a name or title they might go by such as daughter, brother, or cousin.

Explain that just as these children can go by their first name, last name, or other titles, Jesus Christ was known by many names. Open the scriptures to the Bible Dictionary and show the children how long the entry is for “Christ, Names of”  (2 pages).

Explain that today they are going to find out a few of those names. Tell them there are picture clues around the room. Ask the children to look around and raise their hand when they see a picture clue. Call on a child to retrieve one of the pictures and bring it to the front. Show all the children the picture, tell them what the name is, and explain why Christ is known by that name. Post the picture on the front board. Repeat with other children and pictures until all have been discussed.

Point to the board that is now covered with pictures and words that describe Jesus Christ. Bear your testimony of Jesus Christ and the many roles he plays in our lives, including that of our Savior. 

For singing time you may want to sing songs that teach about Jesus, such as: "He Sent His Son," (Children’s Songbook, 34); "This is My Beloved Son," (CS, 76); "Away in a Manger," (CS, 42); and "Who Is the Child?,” (CS, 46).
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