Christmas is coming! What is your favorite Christmas tradition?
The purpose of this lesson is to understand that Jesus is the reason for the season. Let's not forget why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.
Matthew 1: 18-24 NLT This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. 19 Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement[a] quietly.20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus,[b] for he will save his people from their sins.”22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
We are in the most wonderful Season of the Year. Families come together, decorations are being hung, and children are excited about presents under the tree. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season, and lose sight of the reason we're all celebrating: Jesus! He is the gift; He is the Light of the World. His birth split time in half, and signaled hope for all of mankind. Matthew 1: 21 states, "…He will save people from their sins." Hallelujah!
Q1- How can we keep our focus on Jesus in this season?
Q2- God gave us the greatest gift of all through the birth of His son. How can we share that gift with others?
Q3- We are celebrating Jesus' birthday. What kinds of gifts can we bring to Him?
Why is Jesus so important?
1. Jesus is the Messiah
Matthew 1:18 NLT This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Q4- Messiah means: Creator of the Universe, Promised Deliverer, Savior. In what way has Jesus been Messiah to you?
2. Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit
Isaiah 7:14 NLT All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means 'God is with us').
Q5- Isaiah 7:14 declares the way in which Jesus will be born 700 years before the angel appeared to Mary. Why is the manner in which he was born significant?
Luke 1:38 Mary responded, "I am the Lord's servant. May everything you have said about me come true." And then the Angel left her.
Q6- Mary said 'yes' to God knowing that she may face ridicule and embarrassment. What is God asking you to do that seems difficult at the moment?
Q7- How important was Mary's obedience to the Word of the Lord? How important is our obedience?
Declaration: I declare that I will walk with an understanding that Jesus is the reason for the season! I will continue to acknowledge Jesus in my everyday walk. I will also live my life with obedience to the call, no matter how difficult it may seem in my life.
Take time this week to acknowledge God in your everyday life. Remember Immanuel (God with us) when you go about your normal daily basis. Also, find ways to make this year's Christmas one that glorifies and acknowledges what God has done through His son Jesus.
Important Announcement: This upcoming Sunday is the Big Offering Sunday (December 11th). Come ready to bring an offering for the children in the inner-city. Let's come together to make this Christmas one that these children will never forget!