Series: Who is Jesus
Theme: Jesus, the Son Of God
Lesson Number: 1 of 4
Lesson Title: Dreams and Angel Visits
Memory Verse: Galatians 4:4; But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law.
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Luke 1:26-35, Matthew 1:18-25, Luke 2:8-20, Matthew 2:1&2 When a baby is born, we get excited! We generally send out special announcements. We want our friends and relatives to know and to celebrate with us, the birth of a new member of the family. People want to know, “is it a boy or a girl, what is its name”? People bring gifts for the new baby. We have parties and baby showers to celebrate.
When the time had come for God to keep His promise to send a Savior, He sent some messengers to announce the news. First he sent an angel to make an announcement to a girl named Mary. The angel told Mary that she was about to have a baby. That this baby would be the promised Messiah. She was to call Him Jesus and He would be called the Son of the most High. This was a very special honor for Mary. She was a descendant of King David and for generations her people had been told that one day the Messiah would be born from one of their people. Mary was chosen by God to be the mother of this child that had been promised.
At first this must have been difficult to believe, but Mary believed the announcement that the angel had told her. Her husband to be, was also a descendant of King David. He also knew about the promises that God had made, but also had difficulty believing, so God sent an announcement to him in a dream. An angel came to Joseph in the dream and told him that this baby was the promised Son. The angel said “She will bear a Son and you shall call His name Jesus, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.”
When the baby Jesus was born in a stable in Bethlehem, God made a special announcement to some shepherds who were out in the fields looking after their sheep. An angel appeared to them and gave them the news of great joy. He told them where they could find this baby. It seems that all of heaven was celebrating this birth as well because a multitude of angels appeared to praise God about it. Then the shepherds went to find the baby and afterwards they announced what they had seen to everyone they met.
One more special announcement of this birth came in the form of a special sign to some wealthy astrologers who lived far away in the east. God placed a special star in the sky. This star may have been seen by many people, but it had a special significance to these astrologers who studied the stars. These men followed the star to Israel. They arrived in Jerusalem and they inquired about where this new King of the Jews had been born. Then they followed the star to Bethlehem to the place where Jesus was and they presented Him with valuable gifts.
At Christmas time, Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Jesus. Like Mary and Joseph we believe that Jesus is the promised Son of God who came to save us from sin. Like the astrologers from the east, gifts are brought and exchanged. Like the shepherds, we tell others about Jesus, His birth and His promises to us.