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This Week's Lesson:
The Angels Foretell Jesus' Birth

Background For Parents:
The following passages are taken directly from the Bible. Read these passages to educate yourself on the message you're about to share with your children.

Luke 1:26-38:

     26In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 28The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

    29Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end."

    34"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"

    35The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God."

    38"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

Matthew 1:18-25:

     18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit. 19Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

    20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus,[c] because he will save his people from their sins."

    22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23"The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel"[d]—which means, "God with us."

    24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

Breaking It Down For Kids:
This is a paraphrase of the Bible text above. You can read this passage directly to your children - it's been rewritten in a language they can understand.

            One day, God sent the Angel Gabriel to Mary. Mary lived in Nazareth, a town in Galilee. Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph. Joseph was a descendent of King David (remember he killed the giant Goliath with stones and his slingshot?)

            When the Angel Gabriel saw Mary he said to her “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you!”

Mary did not understand what Gabriel meant and she wondered why he’d greeted her this way.

Then Gabriel said to her, “Don’t be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You are going to have a baby and name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. He will be a great king and his Kingdom will never end.”

Mary said to Gabriel “How can this be?”

The Angel Gabriel said “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power power of The Most High will overshadow you. So the child will be called the Son of God.”

Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant – let everything happen just as you have said.”

Another angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him “Do not be afraid to marry Mary. The baby she’s going to have was given to her by the Holy Spirit. The baby will be a boy and he name will be Jesus because he will save his people from their sins.”

When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel told him and he took Mary as his wife.

Driving It Home - Fun Reinforcements
Take your study to the next level with reinforcements that support this week's lesson.

  • Bible Activities:
         Coloring Page
         Word Search
         Cross Word Puzzle
         Jigsaw Puzzle

  • Bible Crafts
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  • Bible Songs
         "Angels We Have Heard On High"
         Sung By Jennifer Owens and Paul Jewett; Music By David Guion
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    Angels we have heard on high
    Sweetly singing o'er the plains,
    And the mountains in reply
    Echoing their joyous strains.


    Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
    Gloria, in excelsis Deo! 

    Shepherds, why this jubilee?
    Why your joyous strains prolong?
    What the gladsome tidings be
    Which inspire your heavenly song?


    Come to Bethlehem and see
    Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
    Come, adore on bended knee,
    Christ the Lord, the newborn King.


    See Him in a manger laid,
    Whom the choirs of angels praise;
    Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
    While our hearts in love we raise.


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