Christmas Study 2

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What Do You See at Christmas?

Have you recalled an event and discovered that someone else may remember different things about the same event? That is not unusual. People can come away from the same event with a different set of pictures.

That was true about the first Christmas. Many people saw Jesus! Think about it—Mary and Joseph, of course. There were shepherds who saw him. The angels, too. How about the innkeeper where Jesus was born? And there were others. Let’s consider some of their opinions about the Child of Christmas. Reading the Scripture aloud will help to get the full picture.

MARY (Luke 1:26-38)

1. Mary saw an angel. What was the angel’s message? __________________________________
List the things the angel said about the person and destiny of the Child Mary would bear:

1.______________________ 2, _______________________ 3. _________________________
4. _______________________ 5._______________________ 6_______________
___________________ 7.__________________________

2. Why was Mary puzzled? ________________________________________________________
What was the angel’s explanation ________________________________________________

3. What do you learn about Mary from these verses? _______________________________
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What characterizes her response to the angel (1:46-49 ____________________________
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4. What problems will the angel’s announcement cause Mary? (2:34, 35; See Simeon) _______
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How does her trust in God give her courage and strengthen her faith? __________________
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JOSEPH (Matthew 1:18-25)

1. What impresses you about Joseph? _______________________________________________
What choices does Joseph have? (List them) __________________________________
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What does he choose to believe? __________________________________________

2. What role is Joseph given in the birth of Jesus (Read verses 22, 23 again)_______________
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3. What Joes Joseph see in the events around Jesus’ birth?___________________________
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THE INNKEEPER (Luke 2:1, 2)

1. What options did the innkeeper have when Joseph and his pregnant wife arrived? _________
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2. What did the innkeeper and other relatives see when they looked at this family? ___________
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THE SHEPHERDS (Luke 2:8-20)

1. What did the shepherds see?_____________________________________________
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2. Why did they leave their sheep? _________________________________________________

3. What did Joseph and Mary think of Jesus’ birth after the shepherds’ visit? ________________
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4. What did the shepherds do with the information they had? ____________________________

SIMEON and ANNA (Luke 2:21-38)

1. Who were Simeon and Anna? ___________________________________________________

2. When Simeon saw Jesus, what did he see? ________________________________________
How did he know? ___________________________________________________

3. What did Anna, at 84 years of age, see in Jesus? ____________________________________
How did Anna know? ________________________________________________

HEROD and THE WISE MEN (Matthew 2:1-15)

Who was Herod?____________________________________________________________

What brought the Magi from so far? ____________________________________________

3. What did they see in Jesus and how did they respond? _____________________________
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What did Herod see in the baby Jesus (2:16) ______________________________________

5. What was his response? ______________________________________________________

6. Why did Herod’s response differ from that of the Magi (wise men)? ___________________
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REVIEWING WHAT WE SAW

1. In each case, what made the difference in what people saw in Jesus? ____________________
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2. What do you think people will see during this Christmas season? ______________________
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3. What would you like to see this Christmas? _______________________________________
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4. Can you think of some things you could so to help others (family, friends, etc.) see
Christmas in a more glorious way this year? _________________________________
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SILENT NIGHT

Silent night Holy night
All is calm, all is bright;
‘Round yon virgin, mother and child
Holy infant, so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace,
Sleep in heavenly peace.

Silent night, Holy night
Shepherds quake at the sight
Glories stream from heaven afar
Heavenly hosts sing Alleluia
Christ the Savior is born;
Christ the Savior is born.

Silent night, Holy night,
Son of God, love’s pure light;
Radiance streams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus Lord at Thy birth,
Jesus Lord at Thy birth.

And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.”
Luke 1:46-49.