Summary: Christmas Series - making Christmas meaningful
“3 Things we can do to make this Christmas Meaningful – Share God’s great gift with others.”
Gladstone Baptist Church – 6/8/06 pm
S1 - Too many people think that Christmas is all about getting presents. It is not.
Hi Boys & Girls – Happy Christmas. And happy birthday Jesus. Let’s sing happy birthday to Jesus …
Well I wonder what Jesus got for his birthday? Do you think that he got presents this year? Did you give him any presents? No?
What? You got presents and Jesus didn’t. But it isn’t your birthday!!! How come you got presents and Jesus didn’t.
You know boys and girls, a lot of people think that Christmas is all about presents and particularly about what presents they get themselves. In fact, one of the most important events for a lot of kids is the visit to Santa. You go and sit on his knee and tell him everything you want.
But as nice as getting gifts is, Christmas is about giving gifts not Getting gifts. Remember yesterday we talked about the original St. Nicholas. He knew that God wanted us to give help to those in need and so he spent his life helping out others. He is who Santa Claus is modelled after and ever since Nicholas lived, we give presents to each other at Christmas time.
But giving gifts at Christmas was going on well before Nicholas lived.
S2 - Christmas is all about giving. On that first Christmas, lots of gifts were given.
Christmas has always been about giving. That very first Christmas, gifts were given. Can you think of any gifts that were given that first Christmas?
That is right – the Wise men brought some gifts to Jesus. Gold, frankincense and Myrrh – all very expensive gifts. Given to Jesus. That very first Christmas, the Wise Men gave gifts to Jesus. Because it was his birthday. Why don’t we therefore give gifts to Jesus? We should! Just like the Wise Men.
But the wise men’s gifts weren’t the first or only gifts given that Christmas. Can you think of any other gifts that were given that first Christmas?
Well let me tell you about 3 other gifts I know that were given that first Christmas …
God’s gift of Jesus.
The first Gift that was given was given by God himself. He gave the best present ever to the whole world. He gave his son, Jesus.
You see, we were in trouble and needed help. God is perfect – which means that he has never done anything wrong. We on the other hand have done lots of things wrong. What are some of the things you have done wrong today?
That is an incredible gift isn’t it. Can you draw on your handouts in this first box a picture of Jesus in the manger, while I speak to the grown ups for a while.
Jesus was God’s gift to the whole world. Jn 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only son, so that whoever believes in Him shouldn’t die, but have eternal life.” God gave his son so we could have eternal life.