Archive for December, 2015

The Shepherds   

Our hope is for our kids to know that: In the Fullness of time, God sent forth His Son

15 “the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.”
Luke 2:15 

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 2:8-20) Shepherds look after their sheep. They are there to guide them in which direction to go, protect them, and watch after them. It is interesting to note that the angels decided to tell shepherds first about the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. We are often referred to as sheep, with Jesus being our shepherd. Jesus, the newborn king brought hope to all of us, as he is our guide and our protector. It is no wonder that upon hearing the good news the shepherds left at once to travel to Bethlehem, to see Christ, our Lord. This holiday season let’s remember the reason for the season, Christ our Lord, the one that saves us.

The Jesus Connection:
Though Jesus was King, he did not come in a full display of his glory, might, and power. Instead he came in humility that he might become a servant of all, dying on the cross for our sins. This humility was evident from his birth, where he was born in a stable and placed in a manger. Jesus gave up his glory to come to earth because he loved us. Later, he would die for our sins so we could be saved from the penalty of sin. Isn’t it amazing that God himself came as a baby?
It was this baby that the wise men announced as the answer to the Old Testament prophecies (Matthew 2:5–6). The shepherds heard directly from heaven through the angels that the baby “wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger,” was the Savior (Luke 2:12).

The Birth of Jesus  

Our hope is for our kids to know that: In the Fullness of time, God sent forth His Son

14 Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 7:14

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 2:1-20) Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem because of a census. This was all part of God’s plan, that the son of man would be born in the city of David. The angels appeared to the shepherds and announced that a savior has been born in Bethlehem. After listening to the heavenly choir of angels, the shepherds made their way to see the new born baby Jesus. Shortly after the birth King Herod devised a plan to kill Jesus. He looked at this newborn as a threat to his Kingship. However, this did not work. Nothing could stop God’s plan for us, to receive forgiveness and redemption through Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Jesus Connection:
Though Jesus was King, he did not come in a full display of his glory, might, and power. Instead he came in humility that he might become a servant of all, dying on the cross for our sins. This humility was evident from his birth, where he was born in a stable and placed in a manger. Jesus gave up his glory to come to earth because he loved us. Later, he would die for our sins so we could be saved from the penalty of sin. Isn’t it amazing that God himself came as a baby?
It was this baby that the wise men announced as the answer to the Old Testament prophecies (Matthew 2:5–6). The shepherds heard directly from heaven through the angels that the baby “wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger,” was the Savior (Luke 2:12).

The Birth of Jesus Foretold  

Our hope is for our kids to know that: The Baby to be Born to Mary would be the Savior of the World

32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David
Luke 1:32

Read:
(Open the bible and read to your child Luke 1) The angel Gabriel went to Elizabeth and Mary to announce God’s plan for the savior. He told Elizabeth that she would have a son in her old age, and she were to call him John. John would come before Jesus to announce the coming of a savior. Of course this savior is Jesus. Mary who was a relative of Elizabeth’s, would have a son and she were to call him Jesus. She was not married to Joseph yet, so this was truly a virgin birth. Since Jesus was a descendant of both Aaron and David, he was both a priest and a king. Soon the savior to the world would be born! Both Elizabeth and Mary were full of joy because of the good news that was soon to come in the form of man!

The Jesus Connection:
When Mary saw Elizabeth with child, she realized that what the angel Gabriel had told her was true. Then she heard Elizabeth’s prophetic blessing. Filled with wonder and joy, she worshiped God with a song.
Mary was a sinner just like us. She needed a Savior (Luke 1:47), and she knew that God’s promise was going to be fulfilled with the birth of the baby inside her. She knew that God’s plan of salvation would somehow be about her son. Her words are a song of praise to God for his incredible promise to Abraham and his descendants. The fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham was going to come through Jesus. But Mary could not have understood that her son would be sacrificed on the cross in order to fulfill that promise. It is through Jesus that people from every nation are blessed.