The annunciation is divided into two, i.e.
(i) Annunciation of the birth of John the Baptist.
(ii) Annunciation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
Birth of John the Baptist is announced.
i. Christians should not doubt God’s message.
ii. Should be persistent, faithful and patient in prayer
iii. Couples should be devoted to God.
iv. Christians should call people to repentance as the mission of John the Baptist would be.
Lessons Christians learn from the lives of Zechariah and Elizabeth
(i) In both, Angel Gabriel announced their births
(ii) In both, the unborn were males
(iii) In both, the conception was through divine intervention.
(iv) In both, there was some element of doubt.
(v) Zechariah and Mary were Holy and God fearing.
(vi) Zechariah and Mary were both troubled and afraid.
(vii) In both, the children were first borns.
(viii) In both, the names of the children were given by the Angel before birth.
(ix) In both, the mission of the children was given by the angel.
Differences between the annunciations of the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus Christ
MARY VISITS ELIZABETH
The following is what took place when Mary visited Elizabeth;
MARY’S SONG: THE MAGNIFICAT
Luke 1:46 – 55
ii. From then on, all generations would call her blessed.
iii. God had done mighty things for her.
iv. God’s name is holy.
v. His mercy extends to those who fear him.
vi. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm
vii. He has scattered the proud.
viii. He has brought down the mighty from their thrones.
ix. He has exalted the humble.
x. He has filled the hungry with good things.
xi. He has sent the rich away empty.
xii. He has helped his servant Israel, and has been merciful to her even in the time of Abraham.
Lessons Christians learn about God from the magnificat/ Mary’s song.
i. God is almighty/powerful.
ii. God is holy.
iii. God is merciful.
iv. God humbles the proud.
v. God exalts the lowly.
vi. God feeds the hungry/provides.
vii. God is the source of all blessings.
viii. God keeps promises/faithful.
ix. God deserves praise.
THE BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Luke 1:57 – 80
The following activities took place when John the Baptist was born;
i. Called the prophet of the Most High.
ii. Be the herald of the Messiah.
iii. Call people to repentance in order to bring back human beings to the right relationship with God.
iv. Bring peace to men by showing them the messiah/ light of the world.
v. He would give people personal ‘knowledge’ of their desperate need for salvation.
Similarities between the Magnificat and the Benedictus
i. Both were songs of praises.
ii. Both use Old Testament phrases.
iii. Both share thematic and structural features.
iv. Both were recited by people whom Angel Gabriel had been sent to.
v. Both songs result from the news about the birth of baby boys.
vi. Both are poetic.
vii. Both songs talk about the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophesies.
Ways in which Christians should respond to childlessness in Kenya today
THE BIRTH OF JESUS
Luke 2:1 – 20
i. Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary during the annunciation of the birth of Jesus Christ.
ii. Angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah when he was burning incense in the temple to announce John the Baptist’s birth.
iii. Angel of the lord appeared to the shepherds bringing them the news about Jesus Christ.
iv. A multitude of angels appeared singing praises to God during Jesus Christ’s birth.
ACTIVITIES THAT TOOK PLACE WHEN JESUS CHRIST WAS BORN
Luke 2:6 – 20
i. Mary the mother of Jesus wrapped Him in swaddling clothes.
ii. She laid Him in a manger.
iii. The angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds.
iv. A multitude of angels appeared singing praises to God.
v. The shepherds hurried to see the baby.
vi. The shepherds spread the news to many people.
vii. The shepherds sung/ praised God after they had seen the baby Jesus.
viii. The shepherds returned to their home/work.
Ways in which Christians in Kenya express their joy for the birth of Jesus.
Luke 2:21 – 40
The following activities took place during the dedication of Jesus in the Temple;
Luke 2:41 – 52
The following are the activities that took place from the incident when Jesus was left behind by His parents in the Temple when He was twelve years old;
i. Circumcised on the 8th day.
ii. Named Jesus.
iii. His mother was purified after his birth.
iv. Dedicated / presented to God in the temple.
v. Parents offered a sacrifice of a pair of turtle doves/two young pigeons.
vi. Obeyed his parents.
vii. Celebrated the Passover festival at age 12.
Qualities shown by Jesus when He accompanied His parents to the Temple at the age of twelve
Ways in which parents develop their children’s spiritual life
i. By having the children baptized/ participate in the sacramental life of the church.
ii. Leading a righteous life for the child to copy/ being good role models.
iii. Taking children to church for dedication/ thanksgving.
iv. By allowinghim/her to interact with otherse.g.Sunday school.
v. By praying to God to guide the chid.
vi. By exposing the child to church activities.
vii. By condeming the child’s evil activities/correcting them.
viii. By offering counseling services on spiritual matters.
ix. Teaching them to read the Bible.
Ways which show Jesus came from a poor background from the early life upto twelve years
i. His father was a poor carpenter.
ii. His mother was an ordinary village girl.
iii. He was born in a manger/ cattle shed/ wrapped in swaddling clothes.
iv. He was born in a small town of Judah/ Bethlehem.
v. The first people to visit him were shepherds who were lowly regarded.
vi. He was revealed to Smeon/ Anna who were simple.
vii. During his dedication the parents offered birds.
viii. He grew up in Nazareth/ a town of low status.
Reasons why children should take part in church activities
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