Year 2, Spring: Lesson 6
What we learned today
Big Idea: REMEMBER & CELEBRATE
Festival of Trumpets: Remembering and Celebrating God’s Faithfulness
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: God prepares the way for Jesus.
Zechariah, the Angel, and the Birth of John: Luke 1v1–25, 57–80. An angel appears to Zechariah and announces that he and his wife Elizabeth will have a son in their old age.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
In the time between the Old Testament and the New Testament, there is no record of God speaking to His people. This is often referred to as the period of silence or the 400 Silent Years.
As God was preparing the people to meet His Son Jesus, He chose Zechariah, one of about 18,000 priests serving Yahweh.
God renewed His activity on behalf of His people when He sent a message for His people to Zechariah.
Connect as a family
Gather your family and light a scented candle. Read Luke 1v5–14, 18–25. Point your children’s attention to the scented candle. Have them smell the beautiful aroma. Share that our prayers to God are like a lovely fragrance to Him. Ask: “Who was Zechariah’s son?” Share that his son was Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. Ask your children: “What might be some ways people might prepare to meet Jesus back in Bible times? What might be some ways we could prepare to meet Jesus today?”
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What do you think Zechariah’s prayers might have been?
How does God want us to get ready for Jesus?
Is there someone you can help get ready for Jesus?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how God Prepares the Way for Jesus into your everyday life as a family.
A blessing can be a spoken prayer of commission, a portion of Scripture, or words of encouragement and guidance over your child.
A blessing to pray over your child: (Child’s name), you follow God wherever He leads you. May you be ready to share His love with others.