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New Testament: Unit 2 Lesson 1
Transcript of New Testament: Unit 2 Lesson 1
Compare Jesus' birth to that of a traditional royal birth. In what ways was Jesus' birth humble & unlike a king's?
Philippians 2:6-7 tells us that for Jesus to become a human was an act of great humility - of lowering himself. "Being in very nature God, [he] did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness." What glorious things did Jesus give up to enter human history? And what difficulties did he have to endure?
Both Mary and Zechariah's songs of praise (Luke 1) speak of God helping Israel and remembering his promises to them through this coming baby, Jesus. In what way does Jesus relate to Abraham's descendants, the people of Israel? How was he going to help them?
Simeon's song of praise (Luke 2:29-32) quotes from Isaiah 49:6. What did Isaiah promise? How does Jesus relate to this promise?
The Book of Matthew begins with Jesus' genealogy. To which two special people does Matthew link Jesus back to, and why do you think that is? Why is this important?
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New Testament: Unit 2 Lesson 1
Mary could not have believed that Jesus - born in such a lowly condition - could truly be a king. But Luke records many signs pointing to Jesus' kingship.
a. Read Luke 1:26-56 and Luke 2:1-20 closely, listing every piece of evidence Luke gives that Jesus is a royal figure, the long-awaited son of King David. Include the verse where you found it.
b. Looking back to Luke 1-2, what aspects of Jesus' birth were glorious and miraculous?
c. What does Simeon say that this young king, Jesus, will one day do?
"Religion is belief in someone else's experience. Spirituality is having your own experience."
- Deepak Chopra
Do you agree with this statement?
Do you identify with the definition of religion or spirituality? Explain.
"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us..."
- John 1:14
"He was conceived by the union of divine grace and human disgrace. He who breathed the breath of life into the first man is now Himself a man breathing his first breath. The King of kings now sleeping in a cow-pen. The Creator of oceans and seas and rivers afloat in the womb of his mother. God sucking his thumb. The Alpha and Omega learning his multiplication tables...From the robes of eternal glory to the rags of swaddling clothes. The omnipresent Spirit, whose being fills the galaxies, confined to the womb of a peasant girl. Infinite power learning to crawl."
- Sam Storm,