Hey BridgeKids Families!
The prophecies concerning Jesus’ birth are numerous, and many of them refer to Jesus’ lineage. Old Testament prophecies tell of the promised Messiah being born from the seed of a woman (Gen. 3:15); from the seed of Abraham (Gen. 22:18), Isaac (Gen. 21:12), and Jacob (Num. 24:17); from the tribe of Judah (Micah 5:2); from the line of Jesse (Isa. 11:1); and from the house of David (Jer. 23:5). The prophecies said He would be born of a virgin (Isa. 7:14) and would be the Son of God (1 Chr. 17:13-14; Ps. 2:7). Jesus fulfilled all of these prophecies.
In Bible times, Jews took great care to accurately record family genealogies. The family a person belonged to was directly linked to property rights. Matthew 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38 both chronicle the genealogy of Jesus. The account in Matthew presents Jesus as the king of the Jews—the legal heir to the throne of David. The account in Luke was written to Greek Christians and focuses on Jesus’ descent from Adam.
Jesus came to earth as a baby in Bethlehem. Jesus had earthly parents, Mary and Joseph, but His true Father is God. Through Jesus, God kept His promises to Abraham and David. Jesus saves people from their sin and adopts them into God’s family.
When Jesus was born, He took on humanity—meaning He was fully God and fully man. As fully God, in Him “the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily” (Col. 2:9). As fully man, Jesus has a human body, human mind, and human emotions. (See Luke 2:7,52; Matt. 26:38.) He is our sinless representative (2 Cor. 5:21), sympathetic high priest (Heb. 4:15), and substitute sacrifice (1 John 4:10).
Use this Bible story to review Jesus’ ancestors and their stories in the Old Testament. Help your kids recognize that God had been working out His plan to send Jesus over hundreds of years—through Adam, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Jesse, David, Solomon, and Josiah. God sent Jesus to earth to save people from their sins.
Ask the questions:
- Who created Jesus? (God the Son has always existed. No one created Him; Heb. 1:2)
- Who were Jesus’ parents on earth? (Mary and Joseph, Matt. 1:20-21)
- Who is Jesus’ true Father? (God the Father, Luke 1:35)
- Name a king in Jesus’ family. (David, Solomon, Jehoshaphat, Uzziah, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Josiah; Matt. 1:7-10)
- How is Jesus different? Jesus is fully God and fully man.
- Whom did God promise that his family would be as numerous as the stars? (Abraham, Gen. 15:5)
- Whom did God promise that a king in his family would rule forever? (David, 2 Sam. 7:16)
- Name a woman in Jesus’ family tree. (Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba/Uriah’s wife, Mary; Matt. 1:3-6,16)
- Penny Wars!: Every week in BridgeKids we take an offering to teach the kids how to give back to God. Right now we are raising money for Lakeshore Lifeworks Ministry. They provide transitional housing and loving relationships for vulnerable youth ages 18-21. They believe that having a personal relationship with Jesus is the solid foundation on which to build up our youth along with many important life skills. They utilize and combine the resources of the CHURCH, STATE and COMMUNITY to reach vulnerable youth and show them the love of Christ so they can reach their full potential. This helps the youth through the hard transition into adulthood. They currently work with mostly boys, but are starting a girls house as well.
- Baptism: On July 29 we are having a church Picnic and will celebrate baptism that afternoon. If your child is interested in baptism, e-mail David at firstname.lastname@example.org to connect about it more.
BridgeKids Summer Nights: July 17 is Family Board Game Night. Bring your favorite game and hang out together from 6-7:30. This is a family night, so please plan to stay with the kids and have fun together.