Year 2, Spring: Lesson 7
What we learned today
Big Idea: God prepares the way for Jesus
Zechariah, the Angel, and the Birth of John: Luke 1v1–25, 57–80. While Zechariah is serving in the temple, an angel appears to him and announces that he and his wife will have a son. They were to name their son John. God intended for John to one day prepare the way for Jesus.
Where we're headed next time
Big Idea: Jesus is the good news
John the Baptist: Luke 3v1–20; Mark 1v1–8; Matthew 3v1–11. John the Baptist prepares the people for Jesus, the Good News.
Did you know?
Share these facts to get the conversation started:
God promised to send the Savior, and John’s role was to prepare the people for His arrival.
John’s striking appearance reinforced the remarkable message he proclaimed; he lived in the wilderness, his clothes were woven from camel hair, and he ate locusts and wild honey.
While repentance—turning from sins—happens internally, the beauty of baptism is that it’s an external sign of an internal reality.
Connect as a family
During breakfast one morning, add honey to your meal (maybe on toast, on a muffin, in yogurt, or over cereal). Talk with your children about how breakfast is a meal that prepares you for your day. Share with them that you’re going to read about someone in The Big God Story who got people ready for the good news of Jesus. Read the account of John the Baptist preparing the way in Mark 1v1–8.
After reading the Scripture passage, discuss these questions together:
What did people do when they heard John’s message?
How can I get ready for Jesus?
Who can we share the good news of Jesus with?
These questions can easily extend into the rest of the week. Look for opportunities to bring conversations about how Jesus Is the Good News 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), may your heart be ready to hear God’s good news when He speaks it to you. May you have the desire in your heart to follow and obey God all the days of your life.