Featured Passage: Matthew 1; Isaiah 53
The prophets, like Isaiah and Jeremiah, spoke of the Messiah–the one who would come and restore the glory of Israel. They also spoke about One who would suffer and die to save all mankind. From the beginning, God planned to create human beings who could become like Him and live in His family forever and ever. God knew that because of sin, people would need to be saved from the penalty of death. So They planned that the Word would be born as a human being and would die to pay the penalty for the sins of all mankind.
- The Word had to empty himself of his divinity in order to be born as a human (Philippians 2:5-11). What does this tell us about what He is like?
- Who is listed at the beginning of the genealogy of Jesus Christ in Matthew? Do you recognize any other people mentioned in the list?
- Have a Luke at the genealogy in Luke 3 and compare it to the one in Matthew. How far back does the one in Luke go? What are some reasons the lists are different?
- God carefully selected Jesus’ parents. What are some of the character traits Mary and Joseph must have had to be chosen for this honor?
- Christ lived without committing a single sin for His entire life (2 Corinthians 5:21). Could we have access to eternal life if Christ had sinned?
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”