Today, we are celebrating the moment God stepped out of heaven to be with us. Your kids have been waiting for this day all month, so they are probably beyond excited to open their presents. But before they do, gather them together and spend a few minutes remembering two important truths the Christmas Story teaches us: God Loves You and God Is With You
God Loves you
Grab one of your kid’s presents and hold it on your lap. Ask them what they think is inside and if they are excited to find out. Remind them that as great as presents are, Jesus gave us the ultimate gift by coming to earth to be with us.
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 sums up the entire Christmas story. God loves us so much that He sacrificed His Son for us, so we can go to Heaven forever!
Remind your kids that God loves them more than they know.
God is With you
Today is the reminder that Jesus gave us the ultimate gift by coming to earth to be with us.
Matthew 1:23 NIV
They shall call his name Immanuel” (which means, God with us).
Immanuel means “God with us.” That’s who Jesus is! He stepped out of heaven to be with us! The Christmas story reminds us that God is right by our side.
Remind your kids that just because we can’t always see or feel God doesn’t mean He’s not with us.
God, thank you for loving us, for being with us, and for the plans you have for our future. In Jesus’ name. Amen!
The Christmas Story
If your kids are still focused, read the Christmas story together (Luke 2:1-21). Then have fun opening presents together!
Thank you for joining us this Christmas. We love you church family!
In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register.
So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.
Invite your friends and family members to participate in this devotional with you!
It's easy to get caught up in all the Christmas morning distractions and forget to focus on the true meaning of today. The Christmas story reminds us of the great lengths God went to in order to be with us.
So before you get to all the gifts and the fun, spend the next ten minutes remembering that God loves you, He is with you, and He has a plan for your life!
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