Big Idea: Nothing is impossible with God.
Bible Passage: Luke 1:26-38
Read: Luke 1:26-38 in a children's Bible, or this easy-to-read version here.
Talk: In this passage, the angel comes to Mary, a young woman who God had chosen to be the mother of Jesus. He tells her not to be afraid, that God has chosen her and loves (or 'highly favours') her, and that He has a very special job for her to do. Mary wonders how it will all happen and asks 'How can this be?'. The angel responds by telling her it will be a work of the Holy Spirit, and Mary believes him. She says, "I am the Lord's servant, may it be as you have said." We know that what the angel said really did come true, as we celebrate at Christmas that Jesus, the Son of God, really did come into the world. As the angel said, "Nothing is impossible with God."
We can know these things are true for Mary, and for us too.
- God has chosen and called each of His children who love Him. (Romans 8:28-29).
- God has special works and jobs for each of us to do, too (Ephesians 2:10)
- We know that it is God's Holy Spirit who is with us, and works through us to do these special, amazing works. (Romans 8:15-17 & 26, Hebrews 13:5-6)
- Because of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus, we know that truly, nothing is impossible with God. So we can have courage, and not be afraid, no matter what God asks us to do. We can have faith to say like Mary,
"I am the Lord's servant, may it be as you have said."
What kinds of special jobs do you like to do? What do you think God might ask you to do in your life? Have you ever felt afraid or unsure of doing things Jesus has asked us to do? If you could do any impossible things with Jesus, what would you do? What impossible things would you ask God to do in the world today?
As a family, write down a list of all the 'impossible things' you would do with Jesus if you could. They can be simple, or as deep as you like. (Pray for healing for a family member or friend, that friends or family who are far from God would know and love Him, that many living with great need would have what they need this Christmas, that COVID 19 would go away etc). Then, cut your list up and place the 'impossible things' one by one in a Christmas stocking and hang it up. Each day this week, pull out one 'impossible thing' and pray for it as a family, believing together that 'all things are possible with God.' Remind children that one day, we will see the answers to these prayers fulfilled, just as Mary saw God's promise to her fulfilled. To give your children hope as they pray, read Revelation 21:5-7 together.
Have a great week!