Character Trait: Love
Life Lesson: Love Jesus with all your heart, mind, and soul.
Morning prayer for our kids: Father, help my children to accept Jesus into their heart, and grow to love and serve him all of their days.
And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
Why is Jesus important to the Christmas story?
Jesus is the Christmas story. Without Jesus, all of us would be in big trouble. Every person is a sinner. We all need a Savior to rescue us from our sin. And that’s what Christmas is all about! As the angel said, Jesus is the Good News of great joy for all people! God the Father loved us so much, that he chose to send his only Son from heaven to earth to be born as a baby. Whoever believes in Jesus will not perish, but have eternal life with God (John 3:16).
Not only did Jesus become fully human as a baby, but he loved us so much that he later died to save us from our sin. When we confess and turn from our sin, Jesus cleanses us. The only way to heaven is by accepting Jesus as our personal Savior (John 14:6). He is our mediator with God the Father (1 Timothy 2:5). Even more, we can know Jesus’ love even right now as we live our lives. Jesus said, “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love” (John 15:9).
Activity for our kids: Plan a birthday party for Jesus. You can choose to have the party on Christmas day or whenever it bests suits your family plans. Either way, plan the party today. Get the ingredients to bake a cake. Have balloons. Celebrate his birth together as a family. Sing carols. Even sing Happy Birthday. Make it a family tradition your kids look forward to.
Bedtime question for our kids: How does Jesus’ love for you change the way you treat your mom and dad? Your sibling(s)? Your friends? Others? Give examples.
You could also ask: Do you know what it means to accept Jesus into your heart? Use this as an opportunity to lead your children to Jesus. Help them understand what Jesus did to redeem them.
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