52 Believe the impossible

Start the challenge by finding and reading a Bible verse from Luke 1:32.

What do you think an angel looks like? How would you recognise one if you saw one?

When they appear to ordinary people, angels in the Bible often say, “Don’t be afraid!” Why do you think they say that?

Would you like to see or meet an angel? Why or why not?


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The story so far…

Zechariah and his wife, Elizabeth, loved and served God. Sadly, they hadn’t been able to have children, and now they were too old to become parents. Zechariah was a priest. One day, while he was in the Temple, an angel appeared and told him that Elizabeth was going to have a baby – whom they were to name John. The angel said that John would be a great servant of God. Zechariah couldn’t believe it!  The angel said that because of this he would be unable to speak until the baby was born. Soon afterwards, Elizabeth found that she was expecting a baby. Meanwhile, something else was happening…

Now read Luke 1:26–38 together.


What happened next…

Unlike Zechariah, Mary believed what the angel told her. She went to see her cousin Elizabeth to share the good news. Elizabeth knew that Mary’s baby was special. Mary sang an amazing song thanking God. She knew that her baby was a promise of God coming true. Three months after Mary’s visit, Elizabeth’s son, John, was born. Zechariah wrote down that the boy should be called John, and Immediately he started speaking again and praising God. He understood that John was the prophet foretold in the Old Testament who would get people ready for the coming of Jesus, the Messiah. As John grew up, God’s Spirit was with him.


Explore the Bible

Answer the questions from Big Bible Challenge page 72 together.


Did you know…?

Mary Mary was a teenager and not yet married when she was visited by the angel Gabriel and told that God had chosen her to be the mother of his Son.

Joseph Mary was going to marry a carpenter from a town called Nazareth. He later had a dream in which an angel told him to go ahead and marry Mary and that the baby was God’s son.

Elizabeth She was related to Mary and was also going to have a baby, who grew up to be known as John the Baptist. You can find out about the story of his birth in Luke 1:5–25;57–66.


Try it out

Make an angel appear!

You will need a sheet of white paper; a white wax crayon or a candle; watery-paint in a dark colour (powder paint or diluted ready-mixed paint); a large brush; coverings for your working area and your clothes; plus plenty of warm soapy water to clean up afterwards.

This is a messy activity so cover anything that could be spoiled.


  • Use the candle or crayon to draw an angel on the paper.
  • Go over the lines several times to make sure there is plenty of wax, although the white wax should be barely visible on the white paper.
  • Now paint over the picture from top to bottom with the watery-paint. As you do so, the angel will appear!

Can you remember what the angel said when he appeared to Mary?


Talk to God

“Dear God, I wonder what you want me to do for you.”

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