OLDER TEENS (OVER 15) TEACHER’S BIBLE STUDY
God uses people from all walks of life
TOPIC: The Angel Brings Good News to serve Him. Mary was young, poor,
The Angel Gabriel Foretells The Birth and female. These characteristics
of Jesus to Mary. would seem to make her unusable to
God for any major task. However, God
BIBLE TEXT: St. Luke 1:26-38 chose Mary for one of the most
important events of mankind – to
become the mother of the world‘s
Savior – Jesus Christ. Don‘t feel that
LESSON FOCUS: God chose a poor, your ability, experience, or education
humble maiden to be the mother of limits you as a candidate for God‘s
His Son. service. Become obedient to God and
He will use you if you trust Him.
MEMORY VERSE: ―He will be great Did you know?
and will be called the Son of the Most
High.‖ St. Luke 1:32. The angel Gabriel appeared not only to
Zacharias and to Mary, but also to the
prophet Daniel more than 500 years
SUGGESTED SONGS: earlier (Daniel 8:15-17; 9:21). Each
O How I Love Jesus, time Gabriel has appeared, he has
I Love Him Better Every D-A-Y, brought important messages from
Tell Me The Stories of Jesus, God.
Stand Up and Shout It If You Love My
Jesus, When Gabriel appeared to Mary, she
Everybody Ought to Know. was no more than 15 years old. His
startling announcement would mean
the end of a normal life for Mary.
ADDITIONAL READING FOR
Gabriel is considered an archangel, a
spiritual being next in rank above an
Isaiah 49:6 Mary the Mother of Jesus
Micah 5:2 Mary was a young peasant girl who
became the mother of Jesus. She was
a resident of Nazareth, a city of
Galilee. Mary was from the tribe of
ACTIVITIES Judah and was from the family line of
Colouring Pages King David (Luke 1:32). Mary's cousin
Worksheets Elizabeth was the mother of John the
Mary of Nazareth, the mother of Jesus,
is the most well known woman of the
Bible and perhaps the best-known
woman in the world. Since the birth of
Christ, people all over the world
consistently honor her by naming their prophets Isaiah and Micah some 700
daughters after her. Yet, she was a years before.
humble, insignificant peasant girl from
a small, insignificant town. So Isaiah 7:14,15
insignificant that Nathaniel asks:
The Lord will choose the sign.
"Is there any thing good that can ―Look! The virgin will conceive
come of Nazareth?” in John 1:46. a baby! She will give birth to a
son and will call him
Immanuel— meaning ‗ God is
Yet this young woman was chosen by with us. ‘
God to be mother to His own Son, the
By the time this child is old
Savior of the world. How did she come
to be chosen? What special character enough to eat curds and honey,
traits did Mary possess that qualified he will know enough to choose
her for such an important position? We what is right and reject what is
are given clues to Mary‘s character in
the few Bible verses that concern her.
We meet Mary when the angel Gabriel
is sent to Nazareth to speak to a Isaiah 9:6,7
virgin, pledged to be married to a man
named Joseph. ―A child is born to us, a son is
Gabriel tells Mary that she will give given to us. The government
birth to a son and is to give him the will rest on His shoulders.
name Jesus. These will be his royal titles:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty
“He will be very great and will be God, Everlasting Father, Prince
called the Son of the Most High of Peace.
God. And the Lord will give him the His ever increasing, peaceful
throne of his ancestor David. And government will never end. He
he will reign over Israel and His will rule with fairness and
Kingdom will never end!” Luke justice from the throne of his
1:32,33 ancestor David. The
commitment of the LORD
Almighty will guarantee this!‖
“The Holy Spirit will come upon Micah 5:2
you, and the power of the Most
High will overshadow you. So the ―You, O Bethlehem, are only a
child born to you will be holy, and small village in Judah. Yet a
He will be called the Son of God.” ruler of Israel will come from
Luke 1:35 you, one whose origins are
This was also prophesized by the from the distant past.‖
It must have been very hard for her to difficult choice. He, being a just man,
believe that these words were meant decided to break the engagement
quietly to spare her from public
for her. Mary‘s answer shows a
disgrace and humiliation. After
profound belief and trust in God‘s considering this option, an angel of the
power and her willingness to obey, Lord appeared to him in a dream. In
even though the cost would be great. this dream, the angel told Joseph that
he was to "go ahead with his marriage
However, Mary confirmed her role in
to Mary for the child within her had
God‘s plan and wholeheartedly been conceived by the Holy Spirit"
believed in what Gabriel told her. She (Matthew 1:20). This guidance from
had the unique privilege of being the God helped Joseph make the decision
to fulfill his marriage commitment to
mother to the Messiah.
Despite the possible risks, Mary said, Mary recognized the gift that God had
"I am the Lord's servant… May given her when she said, "Now
everything you have said come true." generation after generation will call me
(Luke 1:38) The fact that Mary "found blessed" (Luke 1:48).
favor with God" and was given the
privilege of being the mother to His As Jesus' mother, Mary was the one
child speaks greatly of her high human who was with the Savior from
character and faith.
birth to death. She made herself
available to God as His lifelong
In Mary's time, a young unmarried girl servant. God's plans involve
who became pregnant risked disaster. extraordinary events in the lives of
After hearing the news that Mary was ordinary people. Will you allow God to
pregnant, Joseph was faced with a use your life in His plans?
An Angel Visits Mary
Who was the first person to feel, to rejoice and to accept our Savior?
Mary, the blessed Virgin announced in the Holy Scriptures
Genesis 3:15 - Isaiah 7:14 - Micah 5:2-3
Why did Mary say "but how can this come about (Luke 1:34, that I
conceive) since I have no knowledge of man?
Explanation: I am a virgin, I have no intentions of losing my virginity for
the sake of having children. However, here I am Lord, I have come to do
What are the great things the Lord has done for Mary?
A human being, by the power of the Holy Spirit has conceived the Son of
God who is the Third person of the Holy Trinity, God Himself.
Mary is saying: the Lord, God has made me his mother, also the mother
of all his children, also the Queen who sits at the right hand of the King.
These are the greatest things that ever happened to any human being.
Why do we have to call her blessed?
Luke 1:48 All generations shall call me blessed.
Can we see how the Holy Spirit speaking through Elizabeth is
confirming that the Lord, the Messiah, God Himself in his humanity,
is the Son of Mary?
Luke 1:43 And why is it granted to me that the mother of my Lord (my
God) should come to visit me?
By Mary's visitation to Elizabeth, who is sanctified in his mother's
womb and who is filled with the Holy Spirit?
John the Baptist was anointed by the Holy Spirit before his birth, during
the visitation of Mary who is always with the Lord. The gift of her
visitation is the Holy Spirit who filled Elizabeth with words of wisdom.
What is the meaning of the word Christ?
Christ means the perfect man, born of a woman and also the Son of God,
who at the same time is One with the Father, therefore He is God, the
Word who became flesh, and who is rightly the Son of Mary.