By Jacob Toman
Each week during advent this year, we are taking time to examine the lives of those who first heard news of the coming on the promised messiah of God. Last week we saw the expectations and prophecies that told of the Christ to come as a descendant of David, born in the town of Bethlehem and who would die a sacrificial death to save his people. This week we turn our attention to audiences that responded to the news of the messiah with song.
Warm Up questions:
1. What songs do you enjoy singing during the Christmas season?
2. How is music used to highlight different occasions?
3. What music do you enjoy?
4. What music annoys you?
5. When you listen to music, how does the music reflect or reveal your attitude?
6. When you listen to music, how does music inspire or change your attitude?
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name.
50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.
51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Questions about Mary’s Song:
7. What is Mary so excited about in her song?
8. What does Mary’s song reveal about her attitude?
9. Who is the focus of Mary’s song?
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Questions about Heaven’s Song:
10. How would you describe the news the Angels proclaim?
11. What does the news and song of the Angel’s reveal or reflect about Heaven’s attitude?
12. Where are our attitudes at as we celebrate God’s wondrous deeds?
13. How can music help us focus and strengthen our worship, our relationship with God, and our faith in Christ?