Year 1, Winter: Lesson 1
What we learned today
Big Idea: God claims His people
Mosaic Covenant. Exodus 19—21; 24. God gives the Israelites the Ten Commandments
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is Immanuel.
Mary. Isaiah 7v14; 9v1–7; Luke 1v1–4, 26–56. An angel visits Mary to tell her she will give birth to the Son of God.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
God promised to send the Messiah even when His people weren’t faithful to Him.
When Isaiah told King Ahaz that Jesus would come, Isaiah called Jesus Immanuel, which means “God with us.”
God was faithful to fulfill all of the promises of the Old Testament, but He did so in an unexpected way.
After the angel visited Mary, Mary was so moved that she worshipped God through a beautiful song we refer to now as the Magnificat.
Connect as a family
Gather on your bed just before bedtime. Pray together as a family and thank God for this time of the year and the chance to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Read Luke 1v26–38. Talk to your children about how surprising and incredible it must have been for Mary to see an angel in her house. Ask them to imagine what it might have been like and how they might have felt if an angel had visited them.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
How does it make you feel to know God kept His promise to send His Son to be with us?
Why do you think it matters that God brought Jesus into the world just like He said He would?
How do you think we should celebrate God coming to be with us?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus is Immanuel into your everyday life as a family.
Blessings are often used in the Bible. A blessing can be a prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words to encourage and guide.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), may you go out this week with peace. May you know that Jesus is Immanuel—God with us.