Summary: This children’s sermon was presented on Christmas Eve 2008 and emphasizes the incarnation of Christ.
“Do Not Touch!”
Hello everyone! This is a special night isn’t it? It is Christmas Eve. Are all of you ready for Christmas? Me too!
I want to show you something very special this evening. Let me unwrap it. It’s a big bowl isn’t it? Now you say, “What’s so special about a bowl?” Well, this bowl is made of Crystal. It is very expensive and irreplaceable. If I drop it or break it the bowl is gone forever. I got this bowl for Vickie when I was in Hungary, Europe.
Have you ever had someone say to you “Do not touch”? If someone says that to you it is often because the piece in question is valuable or because it is dangerous to touch whatever they are speaking about.
Well, in some ways, this bowl is like that. I am inclined to tell people (including myself) “do not touch the bowl.” But, you know what … THIS BOWL WAS MADE TO BE TOUCHED AND USED! Whenever we have a party Vickie might put punch in it. If we have a special meal she may put course of the meal in it; whenever it is Christmas she may put Christmas candy in it! It is made to be used not stored away somewhere and never seen or touched.
Some people think of God like that. They think God is not to be bothered or approached because … well because he is God. But the Bible teaches otherwise. Just like this bowl is special but is meant to be used so God is SUPER-SPECIAL but wants to be approached. That is what Christmas is all about … God becoming man so God would be approachable to us.
Listen to what the Bible says in Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)
Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
This Christmas is a perfect time to take the “Do Not Touch” sign off of God and begin to approach him in love and joy! Let’s thank Jesus for coming to us!
This Children’s Sermon is provided by Dr. Kenneth Pell
Potsdam Church of the Nazarene
Potsdam, New York