Matthew 2:13-23 Sunday School Lesson & Activities (The Escape to Egypt)

This week’s Gospel reading (Sunday December 29, 2019) is from Matthew 2 verses 13-23 where the Holy Family must escape from the murderous Herod and his intentions to kill the infant Jesus. We’ve collected these Sunday School Lessons and learning activities to help you teach your class this weekend.


Sunday School Lessons (Matthew 2:13-23) Holy Family Flight to Egypt

This Matthew 2:13-23 children’s message originally appeared on Ministry-To-Children.


People had been waiting a long time for the Rescuer God had promised (Isaiah 7:14; 9:6-7). Through people like Zechariah, Elizabeth, John and Simeon (Luke 1-2) and events like Jesus’ family’s escape to Egypt and their return to Nazareth (Matthew 2), God made it clear that baby Jesus was the Rescuer.

Activities for Sunday School based on Matthew 2:13-23

Advent Crafts “Nesting Dolls” Idea for Kids

Advent Crafts “Nesting Dolls” Idea for Kids

Mandy came up with a take on a “nesting doll” nativity craft idea. The pages could be used as puzzle pieces or as a progression to discuss Christmas with little ones. Click on the preview image above to download the PDF There are four sheets included in the printable PDF file: Joseph, Mary, Wise Men, Emmanuel […]

“Jesus in the Manger” Coloring Pages – Nativity Playset Craft

“Jesus in the Manger” Coloring Pages – Nativity Playset Craft

Use this printable nativity scene to create a manger play set for younger children. You could create a foam core backing or simply cut and paste. Click on the image to the right to download the file as a print friendly PDF document. We’ve also uploaded the jpg image for advanced users to edit. If […]



Liturgical Reference for December 29, 2019

Revised Common Lectionary for FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS DAY. Year A. December 29, 2019


Matthew 2:13-23 (NIV) The Escape to Egypt

13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

16 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. 17 Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:

18 “A voice is heard in Ramah,
    weeping and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children
    and refusing to be comforted,
    because they are no more.”

19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 20 and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.”

21 So he got up, took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning in Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Having been warned in a dream, he withdrew to the district of Galilee, 23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth. So was fulfilled what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.

Matthew 2:13-23 NIV on Bible Gateway


Coloring Page: Flight to Egypt

This free Christmas coloring page is from Christian Clip Arts and used by permission. This printable activity sheet is also included in the combined Sunday School lesson above.

Matthew 2:13-15

When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.” So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called my son.”

King Herod Verses King Jesus Coloring Page

King Herod Verses King Jesus Coloring Page

Further Bible Study on Matthew 2

Learn the background information on Matthew 2 and the Flight to Egypt a key early event in the Life of Jesus. Don’t miss this devotional on Matthew 2 and Jesus’ flight to Egypt.

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