Mary, Mother of Jesus

SCRIPTURE READINGS:  Luke 1:26-58; Luke 2:1-16, 17-20; Matthew 2:1, 2, 11

SITUATION:  Mary, a young virgin from the city of Galilee in Nazareth who is engaged to a man named Joseph, receives a visit from an angel who shares remarkable news with her.  This news was in fulfillment of the words of the prophet, “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”.

QUESTIONS

  1. What is the angel Gabriel’s greeting to Mary? (Read Luke 1:28) And what is her reaction? (verse 29)
  2. What is Gabriel’s big announcement? (Verses 30-33)  What is Mary’s response? (verse 34)
  3. How does Gabriel explain what will happen to her? And what does he tell her about her relative, Elizabeth? (verses 35-37)
  4. What is Mary’s response and how is it different from Zacharias? (verses 38, 18)
  5. What happens when Mary visits Elizabeth?  (verses 39-45)
  6. What important truths does Mary reveal in her song? (verses 46-55)
  7. Why did Joseph and Mary travel to Bethlehem when she was so close to having her child?  (Read Luke 2:1-5)
  8. Where did Mary give birth to her son and why? (verses 6-7)
  9. Who received the good news that the Savior was born?  What was the message?  What was the reaction? (verses 8-16)
  10. What did the shepherds do when and after they saw the Child? (verses 17, 20)
  11. What was Mary’s reaction?  (verse 19)
  12. Who visited the Child when He was in Bethlehem? (Matthew 2:1, 2)
  13. What did they do when they saw the Child and His mother, Mary?  What did they offer the Child?  (verse 11)

INSPIRATION

Mary, a young woman of faith, was chosen to be the mother of Jesus, the Savior of the world.  She was willing to be used by God to fulfill His plan for mankind and she saw firsthand that nothing was impossible for God when she visited her cousin, Elizabeth who was six months pregnant.  Elizabeth was advanced in years and had been barren yet, God had blessed her with a son.  Mary was to be a mother too and Her Son was to be called Jesus because He would take away the sins of the world.  There were many things that she pondered in her heart but she continued to trust in God, her Savior.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

  1. Both Zacharias and Mary received fantastic news that God would bless them each with a child and both asked natural questions about how these things could come about.  Why is it important to remember that while it is perfectly natural to ask questions about God’s plans for our lives that we should not doubt that He is more than able to fulfill them?
  2. Why was Mary chosen over all the other virgins in Israel?
  3. What did God mean by “highly favored”?
  4. Why did Mary choose to accept her role in God’s plan for the Messiah?