YEAH! Church - Sunday, December 19, 2021
"Heroes of the Bible” – When God sent Jesus, His Son, to be the Messiah, we might have expected Him to arrive as a king with the best of everything…instead He came in the most unimaginable way. God’s promised Rescuer was born in a barn!
Today’s Lesson - “The Greatest Hero is Jesus – His Birth”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3656G6tWuI (Saddleback – Jesus is Born)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJIC57EvYFo (Jesus and the Shepherds)
Today’s Heroes – Born in Bethlehem (Luke 2:1-20)
Shortly after Joseph married Mary, the Roman Emperor decided he wanted to count everyone in order to get more taxes. This meant that all the men, no matter where they currently lived, had to return to their hometowns. For Joseph this meant that he had to travel from Galilee to Bethlehem, a trip that is about 133km or 80 miles one way. That is a long way to have to walk! And it wasn’t just Joseph who made the trip, Mary (who was very close to the date for her baby to be born), also went with him.
But they weren’t the only ones who had to make the trip. By the time they arrived in Bethlehem the town was full of people for the census needing a place to stay. There was no room for Mary and Joseph anywhere. But she was about to have a baby! Finally, the inn keeper suggested that they could spend the night in the place where the animals were kept…and Jesus was literally born in a barn!
And curiously, though certainly not coincidentally, the guests of honour—the first people to hear about and be invited to visit the new baby king, Jesus—would have felt right at home. Angels came and brought the news to shepherds who were taking care of their sheep. Shepherds were not wealthy, didn’t wear nice clothes and often smelled like the animals they took care of. But God doesn’t have favourites and wanted all to know that the Messiah had come for everyone. Not just the rich, the nice, the respectable….but everyone!
• Mary was close to giving birth to her baby when they had to make the trip to Bethlehem. Why did they have to travel?
• By the time they got to Bethlehem, all the extra spaces for people had been taken. What do you think of the inn keeper’s offer to let them stay in the barn?
• Angels were sent to tell everyone the good news—the Messiah had arrived! Why do you think shepherds were the first to hear?
• The shepherds were so excited they told everyone about what had happened. People were amazed by the story, but not everyone would have believed them. What made their story hard to believe?
Luke 2:10-12, NLT – “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.”
Prayer – Dear God, thank you for showing us how much you loved everyone even through the circumstances in which Jesus was born. He wasn’t born in a palace so that only royalty could know Him; He was born in a barn, homeless, to show us that there isn’t anyone you don’t love or aren’t able to relate to.
~ Pastor Jane
In addition to being a church minister, Pastor Jane is also a trained teacher and has many years of experience working with children in churches, camps, daycares and schools. Parents' Corner is provided to give parents and caregivers support especially as pertains to mental health and related topics.
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