Good News for the Humble CoverLesson Overview

This is lesson 4 of 4 in the Good News for the Humble series, a Christmas and New Year’s study of Luke 1–2.

  • Main Point of the Passage: Luke recorded the events of Jesus’ early life which demonstrated that Jesus was the unique savior of the Jewish people and the entire world.
  • Main Point of the Lesson: The events of Jesus’ early life demonstrated that Jesus was the unique savior of the Jewish people and the entire world.
  • Main Application of the Lesson: Participants will take Jesus’ life and his claims seriously.
  • Key Verse: Luke 2:49, “‘Why were you searching for Me?’ He asked them. ‘Didn’t you know that I had to be in My Father’s house?’”

Preparation

Leader Preparation

To prepare for this lesson, write your own answers to each of the questions below. You will share some of your answers with the group, but make it your goal to talk less than 20% of the Bible study time. Ask the questions, listen to your group, and let them carry the Bible study. You’ll be amazed.

Discussion Questions

Once everyone in your group is sitting in a circle, say, “Here’s the first question. Everyone answers the first question, and it’s just for fun.” Then read the first question, pause, and listen to your group’s answers.

Smile Question: Tell about a time you had car trouble.



Share Question: Think of a leader whose childhood you know something about. What does that knowledge tell you about the leader?



Introduce the Passage: The events of Jesus’ early life demonstrated that Jesus was the unique savior for the Jewish people and for the entire world. In Luke 2:21–52, Luke recorded the events of Jesus’ early life.

  • Optional: If you’re using the optional homework, have a member of your group either recite the passage from memory or give a detailed summary of the passage from memory.
  • Optional: Have a member of your group present their word study on the following word(s):
    • “Temple” in Luke 2:46

Study Question: Let’s read the Luke 2:1-20 and look for answers to this question: in what ways was Jesus’ childhood common and in what ways was it unique?

Possible answers include:

Luke 2:21-24

  • Common:
    • His family performed the ceremonies required of all Israelites (v. 22-23)
    • He came from a poor family (v. 24; see Lev. 5:11; 12:8)
  • Unique: An angel gave him his name (v. 21)

Luke 2:25-35

  • Unique: Simeon prophesied that
    • Jesus was the Messiah (v. 26-29)
    • Jesus was the Lord’s salvation (v. 30)
    • Jesus was a light for revelation to the Gentiles (v. 32)
    • Jesus was the glory of the Israelites (v. 32)
    • Jesus was destined to cause the rise and fall of many in Israel (v. 34)
    • Jesus was to be a sign that would be opposed that the hearts of many would be revealed (v. 34-35)

Luke 2:36-40

  • Unique:
    • Anna the prophetess thanked God and spoke about him (v. 38)
    • Jesus was filled with wisdom as a child (v. 40)
    • God’s grace was on him (v. 40)
  • Common: Jesus grew and became strong (v. 40)

Luke 2:41-52

  • Common:
    • Jesus’ family celebrated the Passover in Jerusalem each year (v. 41-42)
    • Jesus’ parents lost him and went looking for him (v. 44-45)
    • Jesus’ mother was angry when she found him (v. 48)
    • Jesus was obedient and submissive to his parents (v. 51) (maybe this is unique)
    • Jesus grew (v. 52)
  • Unique:
    • Jesus chose to stay behind when his family left Jerusalem (v. 43)
    • Jesus chose to stay in the Temple talking with the teachers (v. 46)
    • Everyone was astonished at Jesus’ understanding and his answers (v. 47)
    • At the age of twelve, Jesus knew that God was his father (v. 49)



Connect-the-Dots Question: What effect do you think these stories would have had on the original readers of Luke’s gospel?




Count-the-Cost Question: How might this passage address objections to Christ that Luke’s readers might have raised?




Let’s-Do-It Question: What are some of the reasons you take Jesus’ life and his claims seriously?




Prayer: Father, thank you for sending your son to live for us and to die for us. Help us understand and value his life and his claims.

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