Read Luke 1:26-38
You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end (Lk. 1:32-33).
You’ve probably heard of Mary. Maybe you even got to be her in a Christmas play once or twice. She was a young lady who looked forward to getting married to the man she loved. They were engaged and planning their wedding when the angel Gabriel showed up and changed the plans a little bit.
Gabriel told her she was going to have a baby. A son. And not just any son. He would be the Son of God. And His name, the angel said, would be Jesus. Can you imagine what that must have been like for Mary to hear that God’s own Son was going to call her Mommy? Do you think she felt afraid?
The Bible tells us that she did at first. That’s why Gabriel the angel told her not to be. Yep, at first, she was afraid. But then Mary said okay. After the angel told her the details, like how in the world she was going to have a baby even though she wasn’t married yet. And how her cousin who was too old to have babies was actually going to be a mommy, too.
After Gabriel told her these things, Mary agreed and obeyed God. She changed her own plans and went with God’s.
And because of her obedience, the Jesse Tree would be complete. The seed of Jesse, which we’ve been following through the whole entire Bible, had a new bud growing. Just like the trees grow buds in the springtime.
God used an ordinary young lady with a common name like Mary to birth the king of His forever kingdom. And life would be changed forever.
Questions and Activities:
1. How do you think you would have felt if an angel appeared to you?
2. What kinds of things do you think Mary thought about when Gabriel told her she was going to be the mom of His own Son?
3. What are some things that God asks you to do that feel a little bit scary?
4. Cut out, color and display today’s ornament — perhaps you can put it on your Christmas tree.