THE GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY
- Read verses 1-7. When and how did the Lord fulfill his prophecy (1-7; Mic 5:2)? Why do you think Jesus was born in this way (7; 2 Cor 8:9; Heb 2:17-18)?
- Read verses 8-20. What does his birth mean to all people of all nations (8-14)? How did the shepherds and Mary respond to the good news (15-20)? What does Jesus’ birth mean to you?
- Read verses 21-38. How was Jesus presented to the Lord (21-24)? Who was Simeon and how did the Lord bless him (25-32)? What did he say to Mary (33-35)? Who was Anna and how did the Lord bless her (36-38)? What do you learn from Simon and Anna?
- Read verses 39-52. Where and how did Jesus grow up (39-40)? Describe the incident of Jesus when he was twelve (41-50). What is the message of the incident? How do verses 51-52 tell us about Jesus?