Thursday, June 26, 2014

Mary Sunday School Lesson - Gabriel Appears to Mary

Use this Mary Sunday School lesson to teach children the story of Mary and why she was chosen to be Jesus' mother.

Needed: volunteer to play Mary

Lesson: (Remember to allow students enough time to think about and answer the questions before clarifying the teaching.) Last week, we pretended to be Luke the Doctor, who wrote the Bible book of Luke and the Bible book of Acts.

Do you remember how Luke wrote his books? The way Luke wrote his books is by going back and talking to the people that things happened to.

Last week, we went back and talked to Zechariah and Elizabeth and we learned that an angel named Gabriel told them that they were going to have a baby, even though they couldn’t have any kids before that, and that the baby’s name would be John and that he would be a great preacher for God. Today we call him John the Baptist. But Zechariah and Elizabeth weren’t the only ones that the angel went and talked to.

Ask for “Mary” to come in.

Mary: Hello, everyone! My name is Mary. A long time ago, in the Bible, I was an ordinary Jewish girl living in Israel. And I was so excited! Because I was about to be married. I was only thirteen – all the girls got married that young back then – it wasn’t like it was today - and my parents had agreed to let me marry this wonderful man named Joseph! Joseph loved God and he always tried to do the right thing. He was even the great-great-great-great-great-grandson of the kings of Israel.

Anyway, just before I got married, this angel, one of the chief angels in Heaven, named Gabriel, came to me. “Hello, Mary!” he said. “God is very pleased with you.”

I was afraid because I had never seen an angel before, but he told me not to be afraid because God was happy with me. Then the angel told me that I was going to have a baby, a son, named Jesus! And he said that Jesus wasn’t going to have a human father like everyone else does because God was going to be Jesus’ Father. The baby that I would give birth to would be God’s Son!

And so I said, “I am the Lord’s servant. Whatever God wants me to do, I will do.” And then the angel left.

And that’s why Mary was someone that pleased God, someone that God was happy with. You remember that when the angel started talking to Mary, he said that God was pleased and happy with her. It’s because Mary was willing to listen to God. She was willing to do whatever God told her to do.

Do you think we should do what God tells us to do? Yes. We have to be like Mary and do whatever God tells us. We always have to listen to God and then God will be happy with us.

Do any of you remember what Mary’s son’s name was supposed to be? Jesus.

And how was Jesus going to be special? How was He going to be different from other children? Jesus wasn’t going to have a human father. God was going to be Jesus’ Father.

And do any of you know what the name Jesus means?

The name Jesus means “God saves” because if we believe in Jesus, God saves us from going to Hell when we die. God said that anyone who does anything wrong, anyone who sins, has to die and go to Hell for their punishment. But Jesus came and died on the cross and He went to Hell in our place, so that if we believe in Jesus, we don’t have to go to Hell, Instead, we can live forever with God and Jesus. So remember that the name Jesus means, “God saves.”

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