Celebrating Jesus, God's Greatest Gift
In our first week, we start in Micah
5:2, Isaiah 9:6-7, and Isaiah 7:14-15, where we discover how
prophets predicted that God would send a Savior. No one could have expected
that it would take hundreds of years before Mary, Joseph, or any of the
shepherds or wise men came on the scene. The prophets wrote these promises to
offer hope to God’s people as they faced exile. Even though it took time, God
kept these promises, and because of that, we can still have hope today.
Bottom Line: You can have hope
because God is faithful. Much of what we celebrate at Christmas is an
incredible reminder that God can be trusted no matter what. We can have hope
because, when all seemed hopeless, God made promises to save the world and then
followed through with Jesus. No matter what we face in life, we can have hope
and trust that God is at work and can help us get through our circumstances.
In week 2, we turn to Luke 1:26-56.
The Messiah had been promised for generations, but no one would have guessed
that God would use a young woman to bring that promise to fullfilment—including
that young woman herself. Mary was awestruck when the angel came to announce
that she was about to have a child who would be the Savior of the world. Mary
found peace in trusting that through God, all things are possible.
Bottom Line: You can have peace
because God has a plan. When God sent Jesus, it was the answer to many,
many years of a plan to rescue the world. The people must have wondered what
God was doing or if God was still working. We can feel the same way about our
own circumstances. Yet, time and again, we realize that we can trust God no
matter what. We might not understand God’s plan, but we can have peace when we
remember how God has been faithful throughout history.
In week three, we head to the familiar
Christmas passage in Luke 2:1-7. On the surface, it might have seemed
like nothing was going right for Mary and Joseph: a census, no room for them to
stay, not to mention giving birth in place where a whole lot of animals were
sleeping. In spite of all that, Jesus was born! God’s rescue plan to save the
world was in motion, and as we remember how Jesus was born, we can always find
Bottom Line: You can have joy
because God sent Jesus. We all know that Christmas is about Jesus, but
sometimes it’s just too easy to think Christmas is only about lights,
decorations, and presents. Those things aren’t bad, but it’s important that we
use those things to stay focused on the truth of what we celebrate at
Christmas. God loved us enough to send Jesus to rescue us. Knowing that can
help us find joy no matter what is happening around us this Christmas season.
For Christmas weekend, we continue the
story in Luke 2:8-20. Jesus was born, and it was now time to announce it
to the world. Instead of heading to the palaces and mansions, God’s angels
visited the shepherds and announced Jesus’ birth! Christmas reminds us that
God’s love isn’t just for the people who think they have it all together. Jesus
came to show God’s love to everyone!
Bottom Line: God’s love is for
everyone. This story reminds us that Jesus didn’t just come for the
powerful or most important people. Jesus came to show everyone that they can be
part of what God is doing in the world. We pray that this Christmas will be a
time for kids to experience God’s love and put their faith in Jesus.
We finish up our Christmas season
celebration in Matthew 2:1-12. We see how the announcement of Jesus’
birth was far-reaching. Wise men from the east saw a star that set them on an
adventure to find a promised king of Israel. We’re not sure how long it took,
but when the wise men finally found Jesus, they worshipped Him!
Bottom Line: Celebrate
Jesus all year long. After the Christmas decorations come down, it can be
easy for kids to assume that the spirit of Christmas gets packed away too. We
want kids to realize that they don’t need a fancy holiday to celebrate Jesus.
They can celebrate when they sing to Jesus, read the Bible, and show Jesus’
love to others.