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Let it be according to your word

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Consider the interaction between the angel Gabriel and Mary, the mother of Jesus. She is visited by an angel of God, receives some amazing news, and is completely humble in her response. The angel encourages her and gives her a sign by telling her that Elizabeth has conceived in her old age. Isn't God gracious with those He chooses?

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Luke 1:28
Luke 1:26–38 NKJV
Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

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Pop Quiz

What was the name of the angel who brought a message to Mary?

Gabriel

Gabriel was sent by God to Mary to which city?

Nazareth

Mary was engaged to a man named Joseph. He was from the family line of ______________

David

Mary’s cousin was having a baby too. What was her name?

Elizabeth

Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you
The New King James Version (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1982), .

How did Mary feel when the angel said this to her?

she was troubled at his saying

The angel then said, “do not be afraid”

“You have found favor with God”

How did the angel describe the son she would have?

Personal notes:
Print by hand verse 30-33 and have the kids find the descriptive words

Call His name Jesus

He will be great

Will be called the Son of the Highest

He will have the throne of David

He will be great

He will reign forever

His kingdom will have no end

Personal notes:
Print out verse 35 starting with “Holy One who is to be born...”
Tell the kids that this says this because Jesus is God’s Son.
Ask: “Why do some people celebrate Christmas?”
“Why do Christians celebrate Christmas?
It is important that we remember that God sent His only Son for us.
John 3:16 NKJV
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
What does the word “perish” mean?
Jesus came so we don’t perish.
He came to Earth and lived a perfect life, so that He could die as a perfect sacrifice for you and me.
Hebrews 10:12 NKJV
But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God,
Personal notes:
Print this out and 3:16
Gospel presentation and invitation:
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