This is the second week of our series looking towards Christmas and today we will be looking at Mary.
Read the bible story
Either as it is below in the NIV bible or in a children’s bible at home:
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favoured! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favour with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He 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, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on 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. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!
Watch the bible story
Questions to think about
Here are some questions to think about. The verses the answers are found in are given in brackets.
- Who does God send to talk to Mary? (26-27)
- How does the angel greet Mary? (28)
- How did Mary react initially? (29)
- Why did Mary not need to be afraid? (30)
- What was the news the angel was bringing to Mary? (31-33)
- What things do we learn about the child she will give birth to? (31-33)
- All this seems extraordinary how does the angel say it will happen? (35)
- How could Mary trust that what the angel said would come true? (37)
- How does Mary react to all this news? (38)
Mary has been told that some extraordinary things are about to happen, she is to give birth to a son called Jesus who will be the Son of God, he will be the promised King that God’s people were waiting for in the family of King David and he would have a kingdom that never ends. Mary responds in trust and accepts God’s word to her as true even though it must seem impossible.
Questions to Discuss
- What can we learn from how Mary responds to the angel’s news to her?
- Lots of things in life change but Jesus never changes, what difference does it make that Jesus is king forever?
- How does this passage help us to trust God?
This song helps us understand how Jesus is the promised forever King.
Craft – comic strip
You will need:
Have a go at making your own comic strip going through the events in today’s bible story.
Father God, Thank you for the good news of Jesus being born. Thank you that he is the promised king who will reign forever. Thank you that we can trust your words just like Mary did. Amen