Archive for December, 2014

Jesus is Born

Our hope is for our kids to know that: In the fullness of time, God sent for His Son

Key Verse:
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a savior, who is Christ the Lord”
Luke 2:11

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 2:1-20) The birth of Jesus was part of God’s plan. The prophet Micah said these words, “And you, oh Bethlehem, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will shepherd my people.” So when the census was ordered and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem, we can see the events working out the way God planned. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, and the angels announced the birth of Jesus to shepherds. After hearing the choir of angels the shepherds decided to visit baby Jesus. The savior was born, and through him we receive grace, for he died for our sins so that we can remain free from shame and guilt. Isn’t it amazing that God himself came as a baby!

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Though Jesus was King, he did not come in a full display of his glory, might, and power. Instead he came in humility that he might become a servant of all, dying on the cross for our sins. This humility was evident from his birth, where he was born in a stable and placed in a manger. Jesus gave up his glory to come to earth because he loved us. Later, he would die for our sins so we could be saved from the penalty of sin. Isn’t it amazing that God himself came as a baby?
It was this baby that the wise men announced as the answer to the Old Testament prophecies (Matthew 2:5–6). The shepherds heard directly from heaven through the angels that the baby “wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger,” was the Savior (Luke 2:12).

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The Birth of Jesus Foretold

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The Baby to Be Born to Mary Would Be the Savior of the World

Key Verse:
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”
1 John 4:10

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 1) The angel Gabriel visited two people with a special message. He told Mary that she was going to give birth to the Savior, and she was to call him Jesus. When visiting Zacharias, he told him that he along with his wife Elizabeth was to have a son, and to name him John. John the Baptist would be the forerunner, the one preparing the way for the coming of the messiah. After the angel told Mary about God’s plan, she hurried to see Elizabeth. When Mary arrived, Elizabeth’s unborn baby jumped inside her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said some amazing things. She said that Mary’s baby would be her Lord. She knew that Mary had believed Gabriel’s words and had faith that what he said would come to pass.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
When Mary saw Elizabeth with child, she realized that what the angel Gabriel had told her was true. Then she heard Elizabeth’s prophetic blessing. Filled with wonder and joy, she worshiped God with a song. Mary was a sinner just like us. She needed a Savior (Luke 1:47), and she knew that God’s promise was going to be fulfilled with the birth of the baby inside her. She knew that God’s plan of salvation would somehow be about her son. Her words are a song of praise to God for his incredible promise to Abraham and his descendants. The fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham was going to come through Jesus. But Mary could not have understood that her son would be sacrificed on the cross in order to fulfill that promise. It is through Jesus that people from every nation are blessed.

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The Baby to Be Born to Mary Would Be the Savior of the World

Key Verse:
“This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins”
1 John 4:10

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 1) The angel Gabriel visited two people with a special message. He told Mary that she was going to give birth to the Savior, and she was to call him Jesus. When visiting Zacharias, he told him that he along with his wife Elizabeth was to have a son, and to name him John. John the Baptist would be the forerunner, the one preparing the way for the coming of the messiah. After the angel told Mary about God’s plan, she hurried to see Elizabeth. When Mary arrived, Elizabeth’s unborn baby jumped inside her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said some amazing things. She said that Mary’s baby would be her Lord. She knew that Mary had believed Gabriel’s words and had faith that what he said would come to pass.

The Jesus Connection:
How does today’s Bible story fit into God’s greater plan of redemption?
Read 1 John 4:9–10.
In the story of Abraham being called to sacrifice Isaac, Isaac was just about to be killed when God told Abraham to stop and provided a ram as a substitute for Isaac. That means the ram took Isaac’s place. In 1 John 4 we read about another substitute, Jesus. Instead of killing us, God sent his only Son to be our substitute and die in our place. Jesus is like the ram. John tells us that God sent his Son to be a “propitiation.” This means that Jesus died in our place, taking our punishment, and turning away God’s holy anger for our sins. Unlike the sacrifice with Isaac, no voice from heaven called out to stop the sacrifice.