Object lesson - Mary and Gabriel: ‘His name is Jesus’

A fun creative activity about the Bible story of Mary's meeting with the angel Gabriel

Gabriel tells Mary that she has to give her son the name ‘Jesus’. But what does that mean?

This idea is part of a complete Sunday school lesson on Mary meeting the angel Gabriel as part of our series for advent and Christmas.


His Name will be Jesus a fun creative activity about Marys meeting with the angel Gabriel


What do you need:

- worksheet with the names of Jesus in many different languages

You can download the worksheet here: Names-of-Jesus-in-many-languages.pdf

What do you do:

Ask the children if they know what their name means.
Show them the worksheet with the names of Jesus in different languages.

Which of them can we pronounce?
Which ones do you like?
Which sound a bit strange to you?
Which languages do you recognise?
Who knows why Mary had to call her son Jesus?
What does the name mean?

The name Jesus comes from the name Joshua.

Who knows who Joshua was?

Joshua and Jesus both mean ‘God saves’. Later in the Bible the disciples go on to tell the
There is no one else through whom we can be saved, because his name is the only one on
earth that can save. (Acts 4:12)

Look together once again at the worksheet.

Why is this name the only name that can save people?

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