1. What does it feel like to finally arrive at a place that has involved a long time traveling to get there?
2. Do you remember the first few words of the first chapter of The Story? If not, turn back and read them and then read the start of this chapter. The Jews in Jesus’ day had read and heard the story of creation many times in their lives. What would have come to mind when the story of Jesus began with the same words?
3. Various titles and descriptions of Jesus are included in His story (John 1:1- 14; The Story, pp. 309-310). Pick one or two of the following and explain what you think it means.
Jesus: The Word Jesus: The Light
Jesus: is God Jesus: The one and only Son
Jesus: The Maker of all things Jesus: The one who brings grace
Jesus: The Life and truth
4. God spoke to both Mary and Joseph through angels (Luke 1:26-38; Matthew 1:19-24; The Story, pp. 310-312). What was the angel’s message and how did Mary and Joseph respond to the heavenly messenger?
5. Pause to remember that Mary and Joseph were real people living in a real small town. How might Joseph’s family and the townspeople have reacted when Mary turned up pregnant before the wedding day?
6. Jesus was born of a woman and so was fully human. He was also conceived by the Holy Spirit and was fully God. Why is it necessary for the Messiah to be both God and man?
7. In the Lower Story, Joseph and Mary had to go to Bethlehem because of a census. In the Upper Story, God was moving them to Bethlehem because that was where the Messiah was to be born. In the Lower Story, there were shepherds watching over sheep. In the Upper Story, God provided witnesses that witnessed the birth and told everyone what they had heard and seen. How do these events show the importance of our Lower Story and the connection to God’s Upper Story in our lives?
8. Jesus is Immanuel, “God with us” (Matthew 1:23; The Story, p. 312). How does that help us in knowing that Jesus is God and that He is with us all the time?