Good news!

Here’s what happened when Keziah and her mum and dad, Alison and Peter, read ‘Good news’ together.

 

Seven-year old Keziah had all sorts of questions about the story of the shepherds and the angels.

Keziah wanted to know: What is ‘glory’?

 

 

Alison and Peter explained: Glory is a word used to describe the greatness of God. When the glory of God shone around the angels, it showed that the message they were saying had come from God and confirmed that Jesus was God’s Son.

Then Keziah asked: What is a ‘manger’?

Alison and Peter answered: A manger is a trough or container used for putting animal feed into, to feed the animals. In the stable where Jesus was born, there was no bed or cot to put the baby in, so they used a manger and lots of blankets to keep baby Jesus warm.

Keziah wondered: Why did the angels appear to the shepherds?

Alison and Peter said: Angels are messengers of God and they came to tell the shepherds the good news about the birth of Jesus, who was God’s Son. God’s Son came to save the world because the world had turned against God.

Keziah was not sure about some of the words in the story and asked: What does it mean ‘some shepherds in that part of the county’ and what is ‘David’s town’?

Alison and Peter made things clearer: That ‘part of the country’ referred to the countryside surrounding Bethlehem. ‘David’s town’ was Bethlehem and it was in this town that Jesus was born. He was born here because Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem to pay taxes to the Romans. King David was the greatest king to ever rule Israel and God had always said that Jesus would be born to the family line of King David.

Keziah asked: What are flocks?

Alison and Peter explained: A flock is the name given to a group of sheep.

Keziah asked: What does ‘peace’ mean?

Alison and Peter answered: Peace is when people are able to get along with each other without causing upset or hurt.

Keziah asked: What does it mean to ‘think deep’?

Alison and Peter said: To think deep is to explore the meaning of something in a way that is not always obvious. Sometimes a story can be written to have slightly different meanings depending on how people understand or interpret it.

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