Key Passage: Luke 1:76 “And child, you will be called a prophet of the Most High, for you will go before the Lord to prepare His ways.”
Big Picture Question: Why did Elizabeth’s baby leap in her belly? Elizabeth’s baby was happy because of Jesus.
Christ Connection: God kept His promise to send a Savior. This was good news! Before Jesus was born, people sang songs and thanked God for His Son. Mary and Elizabeth worshiped God because of Jesus.
Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project® for Kids. Today’s Bible story picks up after the angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of God’s Son, Jesus, although she was a virgin. Gabriel said with God all things are possible. Mary’s relative Elizabeth was also pregnant though Elizabeth was barren and well past childbearing age. Mary hurried to visit Elizabeth to share in the joy of their miraculous pregnancies.
Mary’s arrival brought great joy to both Elizabeth and Elizabeth’s unborn baby. In the presence of the unborn Messiah, John leaped in Elizabeth’s belly. Elizabeth was also filled with the Holy Spirit, and she said, “Mary, you are blessed!”
The story of Mary’s visit with Elizabeth gives us a remarkable picture of women living by faith. Being a young, unwed pregnant woman could have caused Mary to worry. Instead, her response is marked by her trust in God. Mary’s song reflects her knowledge of God’s Word and her understanding of who God is. God kept His promise to Abraham and his descendants. The coming of the promised Savior was good news! Before Jesus was born, people rejoiced and praised God for His Son. Mary and Elizabeth worshiped God because of Jesus.
Family Activity: Read Luke 1:39-56 aloud from the Bible. Talk about how happy Mary and Elizabeth were. If you have photos of your kids when they were babies, show them the photos. Lead them to read Psalm 139:13. Consider donating diapers or other baby items to a pregnancy care ministry or other ministry supported by your church.