It’s here! The anticipation of the past month is finally coming to a close, with Christmas Day finally landing this week. In the midst of the chaotic schedules, shopping, decorating, and planning, the hope of Advent remains constant: He has come. He is coming again. This week, we take time to deeply celebrate and remember why Jesus came. Why did we need him to come? What changed?
PURITY: A life that reflects a heart washed clean by God
MEMORY VERSE: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
This Week’s Finish Line: We can be made pure because of Jesus.
Luke 2 is the typical Christmas story reading, so we looked at it together this Sunday. It’s helpful to put yourself in the shoes of everyone there. What would it have been like to be a shepherd watching sheep in the middle of nowhere, only to be awakened by a countless chorus of angels?! Why would God choose them to hear the great news first? To bring it further, check out Romans 5:17-19. In verse 19, Paul says “Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners. But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.” This one person who “obeyed God” was Jesus, and he changed everything!
- Look at Luke 2:4-20. Who were Joseph and Mary, and where were they going?
- Where was Jesus born? Is this where you would expect the Savior of the world to be born? Why or why not?
- What news did the shepherds get to hear from the angels, and why do you think they were the first to hear?
- What did the shepherds do with the news they heard? (Luke 2: 16-17, 20)
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At dinner this week, take the time to read and re-read the story of Jesus coming to earth in Luke 2. Jesus’ coming changed everything for us, but it also showed how God keeps His promises. Read Isaiah 9:2-7 and Isaiah 60:1-3. Jesus later calls himself the “light of the world” (John 8:12). Light a candle and pray together thanking God for sending His son to earth to save us!
FRIEND: Good News!
While driving in the car this week, discuss examples of “good news” you’ve heard throughout the last couple weeks. (for example, someone got a fun Christmas present, or a friend won a sports tournament, etc.) Talk about how and why we always want to share good news with others. Who can you share the good news of Jesus with this week?
COUNSELOR: The Gift of Jesus
During bedtime this week, ask your child their favorite gift from Christmas this year or in a past year. The most amazing thing about a great gift is that we don’t have to pay for it! All we have to do is receive it. Remind your child about the truly amazing gift Jesus gives to everyone who trusts in Him. (When we choose to be humble, admit we can never clean ourselves from the stain of sin and confess that we need Jesus, He will forgive us our sins and make us pure again. Then, because we have God’s free gift of grace, we can have a relationship with our pure, perfect and holy God again! We get to be with Him forever!)
COACH: Made Pure
Make Christmas sugar cookies this week with your kids, using an angel cookie cutter for some. Use white icing to decorate the angel cookies, to remember the angels coming to share the good news with the shepherds. Ask your kids to re-tell you the good news the angels shared. Why was this such good news? Because Jesus makes us pure!
Thank God for coming to earth as a baby and living a pure life so He could be a perfect sacrifice for you. Thank Him for the work He has done and continues to do in your life. Ask Him to give you chances to share His amazing news just like shepherds did the first Christmas.
Next week we will continue discussing purity, by looking at God’s plan to save us with a perfect Savior through Jesus!
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