Southbrook Kids offers the Gospel Project for Kids' curriculum for 2 year olds through 5th grade. Each week's lesson helps children understand how Christ fits into the entire Gospel story, pre-creation to eternity. Children also learn how they fit into this big story, too!
Sunday, December 16th
The Christmas story is the opening paragraph of the climax of God’s big story which had been unfolding throughout the Old Testament, leading up to this very moment when the Promised One would step into the world as a man and change the course of history. And after 400 years of silence from God, the silence was broken. The angel proclaimed to Mary, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” (Luke 1:28) Take a moment to let that sink in.
As far as Mary knew, no one had heard from God in 400 years, and God chose that moment, at that time, and her… a lowly virgin girl. Of course she was surprised when Gabriel showed up. By His grace, God had chosen her to be the mother of Jesus, the one who would change everything. Her response? “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be done…” (Luke 1:38). Later an angel revealed Jesus’ purpose to Joseph: “He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).
The gospel is the good news of what God has done for us through Christ. The announcement of Jesus’ birth is not the beginning of the gospel; God had been planning for this moment since before the beginning of time. (See Ephesians 1:3-10.) Help your kids understand that God’s plan has always been to save sinners and bring them back to Himself. Jesus, whose name means “Yahweh saves,” is the culmination of that plan.
So my challenge for you this week: ask God to help you see the Christmas story through the eyes of a child, with the amazement, weight, and wonder for which it beckons. In each session of The Gospel Project for Kids we talk about how all the Bible points to Jesus, and the events around the birth of Jesus are a natural time to reinforce what we talk about all year long.
Family Reflection Questions: * How do you think it felt to be Mary or Joseph? * Why is Jesus’ earthly family important? * What about being Jesus’ earthly family would be hard? * What might be easy?
Bible Passage: Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 1:26-56
Big Picture Question: Why was Jesus born?
Big Picture Answer: Jesus was born to rescue us from sin.
Key Passage for December (K-3rd grade) & MOTIONS
Key Passage for December (3's-early 5's) & MOTIONS