The Day the Angels Sang
By Mark A. Finley
There are days when angels sing, when all of heaven rejoices. At Christ’s birth the heavenly hosts praised God and sang, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” (Luke 2:14). What thrilled the hearts of these angels so much? Why did angels sing at Jesus’ birth? In today’s lesson we shall discover answers to these questions, and learn how the birth of the Baby in Bethlehem’s manger makes us rejoice as well.
1. What did the angel visitor tell Joseph about his wife, Mary’s, child?Read the text below and write your answer on the line provided.
“‘And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins’” (Matt. 1:21).
The purpose of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection was to ___________________________________
The angels sang because the Savior of the world was born. They sang because sin would finally be defeated.
2. Circle the specific name the angel instructed Mary and Joseph to name their child. Read the text below and fill in the blank.
“‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,’ which is translated ‘God with us’” (Matt. 1:23).
3. Read the text below and list all the different names the prophet Isaiah used for Jesus.
“For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6).
4. Choose one of the above names and tell in your own words why this particular name for Jesus is so precious to you.
5. After Jesus’ conversation with the woman at Jacob’s well, when the Samaritans listened to the words of Jesus, who did they declare He was? Read the text and fill in the blanks below.
“Then they said to the woman, ‘Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world’” (John 4:42).
The Samaritans called Jesus the _______________, the ______________ of the ______________.
6. How did Jesus identify Himself during His wilderness temptation with Satan? Read the text and fill in the blank below.
“Jesus said to him, ‘It is written again, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God”’” (Matt. 4:7).
Jesus used the title __________________________________________________________.
Christ, the child born of a virgin, is both Savior and Lord. He met the temptations of Satan head-on and overcame them on our behalf.
He revealed the loving character of His Father to the entire universe. His death on the cross provides heaven’s ransom from the bondage of sin. Jesus is our Savior and also our Lord. The living Christ dwells in our hearts through His Spirit. He gives us power over the evil one.
7. How did the apostle Paul describe Christ’s mission? What two things will the Savior do for us? Read the text and fill in the blanks.
“Our great God and Savior Jesus Christ … gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people” (Titus 2:13, 14).
The grace of God, which appears to all, brings salvation to all who accept it (see Titus 2:11). Jesus, our Savior and Lord, delivers us from both the penalty of sin and the power of sin.
As the old hymn, “Rock of Ages,” puts it so beautifully:
“Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.”
What a wonderful Savior is Jesus! He saves us from both sin’s condemnation and its control. In Jesus we find deliverance, full and complete.
Look for next month’s lesson for help about how to live the Christian life.