God wants the world to know Jesus has come.
Kids will learn how an angel told Mary and Joseph about the baby Jesus.
Luke 1:26-38 & Matthew 1:18-24, Angel Visitations
“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.” Luke 2:11 (NIV)
Doug was with Mary and Joseph for the long trip from Galilee to Bethlehem. Along the way, he hears them tell the story of some very special angel visits proclaiming the birth of a Savior.
Something is coming. You all have seen the signs. There are lights in the trees. There are decorations hanging from streetlights. The colors red and green are everywhere, and songs we only hear one time a year are playing on the radio.
You can see the change happening in every store you visit. There are trees with lights, red and green decorations, and three times as many toys as any other time of the year are on the shelf.
You can even see it in the greeting card store. Half the store is now taken up with cards created for one special day because more people send cards at Christmas than any other time of the year.
Cards like these will be hitting your mailbox soon. They serve as reminders that we have grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins who love us very much. But my hope is that they also remind us that we have a Savior who loved us enough to come to Earth and save us.
God sent an angel to share the good news that Jesus was coming that very first Christmas. This year, as we send and receive Christmas cards, let’s remind ourselves, and our family, why we celebrate the season. God has sent his son to be the Savior of the world.
Let the kids cut out a donkey from brown construction paper (templates can be found online by searching for “free donkey template.”) Punch a hole in the donkey’s back and he can become a Christmas ornament!