From the series:  Seeing Christmas with New Eyes

When faith crashes with reality

Sunday, December 3, 2023 by Marlene Ruiz – Luke 1:5-27

About the Series

"Seeing Christmas with New Eyes" is an invitation to rediscover the wonder of the season, allowing the profound truth of Christ's birth to resonate with renewed clarity in our hearts and minds.

Lesson Plan

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Main Idea

What do you do when your faith crashes with your reality? When you are holding on to Gods promises but your reality continues to tell you things won’t change. The Christmas story reveals some insights in what we should do when we are caught in this tension.

Luke 1:5-27

In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old.


Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spiriteven before he is born. 16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”

21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion.25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

Genesis 12:2-3

“I will make you into a great nation,
    and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
    and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
    and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
    will be blessed through you.”

Discussion Questions

Verse to Memorize:

13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard.

Luke 1:13

Idea Principal

¿Qué haces cuando tu fe choca con tu realidad? Cuando te aferras a las promesas de Dios, pero tu realidad sigue diciéndote que las cosas no cambiarán. La historia de Navidad revela algunas ideas sobre lo que debemos hacer cuando nos encontramos en esta tensión.

Versículo para memorizar:

13 Pero el ángel le dijo: Zacarías, no temas; porque tu oración ha sido oída,

Lucas 1:13

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