December 23, 2012: Matthew 1:1-25, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · December 16, 2012
Audio length: 2:40
The earthly family of our Lord Jesus Christ is listed in this part of God’s Word. From our Lord all the way back to Abraham, His grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great-grandparents are listed. Our Lord Jesus had many family members who lived on this earth before He did.
Some of Jesus’ relatives were Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Boaz, Jesse, King David, and Solomon are also in Christ’s earthly family. Hezekiah, Josiah, and Jacob, the father of Joseph, are his family too.
Joseph was special because God chose him to take care of Mary and Jesus. An angel told Joseph in a dream that Mary would have a baby that was the Son of God. The angel told Joseph to call the baby Jesus. “Jesus” means “Savior”.
Joseph obeyed the angel. He took care of Mary. He named the baby Jesus. Jesus is God’s Son, and He also had a human family.
Today’s Gospel mentions some of the names of people who were in Jesus’ family. Can you remember one of the names?
Did you hear the word “king” in the list of Jesus’ relatives? It’s important to know that Jesus came from the family of King David, even though King David lived many years before Jesus.
What was special about Joseph?
Did Joseph obey the angel? What did he do?
Who are some of the people in your family? Do you know the names of your family members who lived long ago?