Let’s Talk about Hope!
- Last week, we talked about the prophets, and how God told them that he had a plan to save His people by sending a rescuer.
- The prophets told the people lots of things about the rescuer that was coming.
- He was going to be called Immanuel. (which means God with us!)
- He would be born in Bethlehem
- He would be part of David’s family tree.
- God’s promises gave people HOPE even when things were hard. (Hope is a feeling of excited trust about what is going to happen.) And even though it took a long, long time. . .God kept ALL of the promises he made!
- Let’s watch what happened:
Let’s Talk about Promises!
- Who told Mary she was going to have a baby? An angel!
- What do YOU think it would be like to have an angel give you a message from God? She probably was excited and scared. . .
- Who else did an angel talk to? Joseph
- What did the ruler decide that he wanted to do? Count all of the people.
- Where did Mary and Joseph have to go? Bethlehem.
- Do you know what’s cool about this story? God kept all of the promises he had given his people!
- Mary was part of David’s family.
- Mary and Joseph (even though they didn’t live in Bethlehem had to travel there!)
- Jesus, even though he came as a baby, is the Son of God!
- Has anyone ever promised you something? What was it? Did they keep their promise? How do you feel if someone doesn’t keep their promise?
- God ALWAYS keeps his promises. His promises STILL give us hope, because we can still trust that he’s going to do what he says he’s going to do!
- Christmas is about celebrating the promises God kept, AND celebrating what he’s STILL going to do. We have HOPE no matter what happens because he always keeps his promises.
*Note: the prophet Isaiah wrote these words many years before Jesus was born. But he trusted that God was sending a rescuer like he promised – and He did!
Let’s Do: Trust Falls
- Have a parent (or a trustworthy older sibling) stand behind you and hold out their hands.
- Fold your arms across your chest, make your body totally stiff, and fall backwards like you’re a tree! – TIMBERRRRR…
- Take turns until everyone has a chance to try it!
- God promised us a rescuer – and the rescuer came! What are some other things God has promised us? (we’ve listed a few below to get you started!)
- He will always forgive us (1 John 1:9)
- He will give us His strength (2 Cor 12: 9)
- He will give us wisdom (James 1:5)
- Which promise do you need God to remind you of this week? (Maybe if you’re worried about something you need God to give you his peace, or you have a big decision to make and you need God to give you his wisdom).
- Take some time to pray that God would help you to remember His promises – and ask him for what you need and to fill you with his hope! Remember, He ALWAYS keeps His promises!
Parents/Guardians, close out your lesson time by speaking this blessing over your child(ren):
Let’s Share Hope!
Who do you know that could use some hope right now? Perhaps someone who is sick, or can’t see family for Christmas, or has been going through a hard time. Make a plan as a family to do something for them this week (Ideas: send a card, call them on the phone, order something to be delivered).