Elizabeth and Zechariah
Luke 1:5-25, 57-66
Celebrating Jesus, God's greatest gift!
It's the Christmas Season! The time of year when we remember Jesus' birth and the greatest gift God ever gave us: His Son, Jesus.
In this week's Bible verses, we are learning about Elizabeth and Zechariah. Elizabeth was the mother of John (who was Jesus' cousin). Elizabeth and Zechariah's story is amazing and a true testament of how much God loves us. Read along here to hear about it...
Luke 1:5-25: "When Herod was king of the country of Judea, there was a Jewish religious leader named Zacharias. He worked for Abijah. His wife was of the family group of Aaron. Her name was Elizabeth. They were right with God and obeyed the Jewish Law and did what the Lord said to do. They had no children because Elizabeth was not able to have a child. Both of them were older people. Zacharias was doing his work as a religious leader for God. The religious leaders were given certain kinds of work to do. Zacharias was chosen to go to the house of God to burn special perfume. Many people stood outside praying during the time the special perfume was burning. Zacharias saw an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar where the special perfume was burning. When he saw the angel, Zacharias was troubled and afraid. The angel said to him, “Zacharias, do not be afraid. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will give birth to a son. You are to name him John. You will be glad and have much joy. Many people will be happy because he is born. He will be great in the sight of the Lord and will never drink wine or any strong drink. Even from his birth, he will be filled with the Holy Spirit. Many of the Jews will be turned to the Lord their God by him. He will be the one to go in the spirit and power of Elijah before Christ comes. He will turn the hearts of the fathers back to their children. He will teach those who do not obey to be right with God. He will get people ready for the Lord.” Zacharias said to the angel, “How can I know this for sure? I am old and my wife is old also.” The angel said to him, “My name is Gabriel. I stand near God. He sent me to talk to you and bring to you this good news. See! You will not be able to talk until the day this happens. It is because you did not believe my words. What I said will happen at the right time.” The people outside were waiting. They were surprised and wondered why Zacharias stayed so long in the house of God. When he came out, he could not talk to them. They knew he had seen something special from God while he was in the house of God. He tried to talk to them with his hands but could say nothing. When his days of working in the house of God were over, he went to his home. Some time later Elizabeth knew she was to become a mother. She kept herself hidden for five months. She said, “This is what the Lord has done for me. He has looked on me and has taken away my shame from among men.”
Luke 1:57-66: "When the time came, Elizabeth gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and family heard how the Lord had shown loving-kindness to her. They were happy for her. On the eighth day they did the religious act of the Jews on the child. They named him Zacharias, after his father. But his mother said, “No! His name is John.” They said to her, “No one in your family has that name.” Then they talked to his father with their hands to find out what he would name the child. He asked for something to write on. He wrote, “His name is John.” They were all surprised and wondered about it. Zacharias was able to talk from that time on and he gave thanks to God. All those who lived near them were afraid. The news of what had happened was told through all the hill country of Judea. And all who heard those words remembered them and said, “What is this child going to be?” For the hand of the Lord was on him."
God blessed Elizabeth and Zechariah with a beautiful child named John. John would be a great voice for Jesus and would pave a path for Jesus' ministry here on earth. What an amazing blessing to celebrate!
BOTTOM LINE: Celebrate because God can do anything.
QUESTION OF THE WEEK: What are some things you celebrate?
VIDEOS/SONGS FOR KINDER-5TH GRADERS:
The So & So Show: December 5th Episode (closed captioned)
VIDEOS/SONGS FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS:
Our verse for this month is John 3:16
"God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life."
We look forward to seeing you back IN PERSON on Sunday, January 9th, 2022!!
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