Yak Pak Week of December 6th – 12th

Posted: December 4, 2014 in Uncategorized

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.

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