*This plan is taken from “The Gospel Project for Kids” curriculum
Unit 19: Session 2—Mary Praised God
Bible passage: Luke 1: 26-56
Main point: God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother
Key passage (Memory passage for the unit): 1 Timothy 1:15 “Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.”
Big picture question: What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
Session starter activity:
Praise board: Give each person a sticky note and ask them to write or draw something for which he/she praises God. Stick the note onto a wall, board, or refrigerator. Briefly review them and encourage kids to praise God for those blessings.
Say: God gives many good gifts for which we should praise Him. Today we will learn about a young woman who was chosen by God for a very important task. Mary would be the mother of Jesus, the Rescuer God promised to send. We will talk about how she reacted to this wonderful news.
Big picture question and Bible Timeline:
Mary knew that Jesus, the baby she was going to have, was not going to be like any other baby. She knew He would be different.
In the Old Testament, we learned a lot about God’s people the Israelites and their big problem: sin. Sin separated them from God, but God promised to send a Rescuer to save them from their sin. The New Testament tells the story of God keeping His promise. The baby Mary was carrying was the promised Rescuer! Listen closely for our big picture question: What makes Jesus different?
Tell the Bible Story: Read Luke 1:26-56. **Try to have the kids find the passage on their own. If they have trouble, remind them that Luke is the third book in the New Testament. It is one of the four Gospels.
After reading the text, say:
God’s people had waited for God to send the promised Messiah. The last time the people had heard any new messages from God was about 400 years earlier, when the prophet Malachi said God would send a messenger to prepare the way for the Messiah.
Then an angel spoke to Mary! He told her that she would have a baby, and not just any baby, but God’s Son! The angel also told her that her cousin Elizabeth was pregnant with a baby boy too! Elizabeth’s baby would be the messenger who prepared the way for Jesus who was spoken of by the prophet Malachi! Can anyone remember this baby’s name? Yes, it’s John the Baptist!
Mary wasn’t married yet so having a baby seemed impossible but nothing is impossible for God. Mary might have felt a little scared but she said to the angel, “May everything happen just as you said.” God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother. Mary praised God and knew that He was keeping His promise to his people. Her Son would be the Savior of the whole world.
The angel Gabriel brought Mary wonderful news from God about His promised Rescuer; however, this news was shocking and difficult too. Mary was not yet married. Many people would not believe that her baby was from God. Even though this would have been a scary time for Mary, she wanted to do God’s plan and praised Him for using her.
Mary’s Son, Jesus, obeyed God’s plan perfectly even when He grew up and God’s plan was difficult. Jesus praised God and died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin. Then, on the third day, He rose again, conquering sin! When we believe in Him, we are saved from the penalty of sin and are given new life with God forever!
Trusting in Jesus and following Him is not easy. But when we trust and obey Him, we glorify God with our lives and show the world how wonderful He is.
Bible Review Questions:
- Who told Mary she was going to have a baby? (the angel Gabriel; Luke 1:26-27, 31)
- Mary was engaged to be married to whom? (Joseph, Luke 1:27)
- How did Mary feel about the angel’s announcement? (afraid, deeply puzzled; Luke 1:31)
- What did the angel say the baby’s name would be? (Jesus, Luke 1:31)
- The angel said the baby would be whose son? (God’s Son, Luke 1:32, 35)
- Who else did the angel say was going to have a baby? (Mary’s cousin Elizabeth, Luke 1:36)
- What special role did Elizabeth’s baby have? (He was going to be the messenger who would prepare the way for the Messiah, Luke 1:17)
- What did Elizabeth’s baby do when Mary came to the house? (He leaped for joy, Luke 1:41)
- How did Mary praise God? (with a song, Luke 1:46-55)
God chose Mary to be Jesus’ mother. God chose Elizabeth too to have a special son. But even though Elizabeth’s son would have an important job, he would be a man like other men. Mary’s baby would be different. What makes Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man. That means that Jesus alone has the ability to bring us back to God and defeat sin through His death and resurrection.
Key verse review:
Have the kids write the key passage on a notecard or paper and hang it up somewhere to work on through the month.
1 Timothy 1:15
Here is a saying that you can trust. It should be accepted completely. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. And I am the worst sinner of all.
Spend some time worshiping God through song like Mary did. Play your favorite worship music or find some new ones on youtube. Here’s a link to Mary’s Song of praise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaUMdT8WrEY
Spend some time praying as a family.