Key Passage: Isaiah 9:6
Big Picture Question: What part did Mary and Joseph have in God’s plan? God chose Mary and Joseph to be the earthly parents of Jesus.
Christ Connection: “Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). The baby Jesus ful lled Isaiah’s prophecy, as well as other prophecies of the coming Savior throughout the Old Testament. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus ful lled God’s plan of redemption that God planned from the beginning of the world.
This week in The Gospel Project® for Kids, our journey takes us to the town of Nazareth in Galilee. People had been waiting a long time for Jesus. Last week, kids learned the prophets told of Jesus’ coming hundreds of years before His birth. God was working out His plan to reconcile people to Himself.
In the Bible, God often used angels to communicate His message to people. Now Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus, each received a special visit from an angel to announce the birth of God’s promised Messiah. The angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary surprised her. God chose Mary to be the mother of His child. The angel’s message revealed much about this promised child.
The news that Jesus was coming into the world was good news because of why He was coming. An angel revealed Jesus’ purpose to Joseph in Matthew 1:21, “He will save His people from their sins.” The gospel is the good news of what God has done for us through Christ.
The announcement of Jesus’ birth is not the beginning of the gospel; God had been planning for this moment since before the beginning of time. (See Eph. 1:3-10.) The baby Jesus fulfilled Isaiah’s prophecy, as well as other prophecies of the coming Savior throughout the Old Testament. Through His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus fulfilled God’s plan of redemption that God planned from the beginning of time.
Activity: Write each family member’s name on a small piece of paper. Mix up the pieces, put them in a small cup or bag, then encourage each person to draw a name to be his or her “secret pal.” Explain that each day of the week, each family member must write an encouraging message for his or her secret pal. Kids who may not be able to write yet can draw pictures. Talk about the message received by Mary and Joseph from the angel. How did the messages from the angel encourage Mary and Joseph? Share some responses below.