Which two candles are we lighting tonight? Yes, the Prophesy and Bethlehem candles. Do you remember what the Prophesy candle symbolizes? Right, hope! What helped the people in the bible to have hope? Yes, the prophesies. Do you remember what a prophesy is? Yes, an announcement about the future. Good job!
Do you remember what the Bethlehem candle symbolizes? Right, humble preparation. This week we’re talking about humility and obedience. God uses our obedience in small things to carry out his big plans
Do you remember yesterday’s story? Yes, an angle told Zechariah that he and his wife, Elizabeth, would have a baby! But Zechariah didn’t respond with a spirit of humble obedience, so the angle made Zechariah unable to talk.
A few months later, God also the angle Gabriel to tell Mary that she would soon give birth to baby Jesus, who would save the world from sin, just like God promised. Let’s read about what happened:
Gabriel appeared to [Mary] and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s now in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:28-38?
A few days later Mary went to visit Elizabeth and Zechariah. Elizabeth told her:“God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? 44 When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. 45 You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what he said.” Luke 1:42-45
Just like Zechariah, Elizabeth, and their son John were part of God’s plan to save us from our sins, Mary was also part of the plan. Did Mary respond to Gabriel with humble obedience? (Yes) What happened then? (God blessed her)
Being Obedient to God makes us happy and joyful. What things were you obedient to yesterday? What will you be obedient to today? Doesn’t it feel good to be obedient?
(Optional: Read Mary’s song in John 1:46-55)