It doesn’t matter if it’s the high-rises in the big city or houses lining Main Street; when the Christmas lights come out, it’s a wonderland! People celebrate big at Christmas because there’s Someone big to celebrate: Jesus!
In first through fourth grade we are going to be learning about the best gift God ever gave. Jesus! Because of Jesus, it’s possible for us to have a relationship with God that will last forever. As we remember the Christmas story, we take time to celebrate the greatest gift the world has ever known. The one true light of this world.
In our first week, we start in Luke 1:5-25, 57-66, where we find Zechariah and Elizabeth. They were unable to have children. On top of that, they were older, and having a child of their own seemed impossible. Then one day, an angel came to Zechariah and told him that he would indeed have a son, and that son would prepare the way for the Promised One, Jesus. Zechariah and Elizabeth learned that anything is possible with God.
Bottom Line: Celebrate because God can do anything. Much of what we celebrate at Christmas is an incredible reminder that God can be trusted no matter what. When all seems hopeless, God comes through. God makes what seems impossible possible. No matter what we face in life, we can find joy and celebrate that God is at work and can help us through our circumstances.
In week two, we turn to Luke 1:26-56. The Messiah had been promised for generations, but no one would have guessed that God would use a young woman to bring that promise to fulfillment—including that young woman herself. Mary was awestruck when the angel came to announce that she was about to have a child who would be the Savior of the world. She found joy, trusting that God was up to something bigger than she could have possibly imagined.
Bottom Line: Celebrate because God has a plan. When God sent Jesus, it was the answer to years and years of a plan to rescue the world. The people must have wondered what God was doing, or if God was still working. We can feel the same way about our own circumstances. Yet, time and again, we realize that we can trust God no matter what. We might not understand God’s plan, but we can celebrate that God is working out a great plan for our lives.
In week three, we head to the familiar Christmas passage in Luke 2:1-20, where we read how Jesus was born in Bethlehem! We find that God didn’t announce Jesus’ birth to kings or government officials. Rather, God sent an angel choir to announce this news to a bunch of shepherds on a hillside. The shepherds ran to find Jesus, where they worshipped Him. When they left, they were so full of joy that made sure to tell everyone what they had seen.
Bottom Line: Celebrate because God sent a Savior. We all know that Christmas is about Jesus, but sometimes it’s just too easy to think Christmas is about lights and decorations and presents. Those things aren’t bad, but it’s important that we stay focused on the truth of what we celebrate at Christmas—that God loved us so much and sent Jesus to rescue us.
We finish up our Christmas season celebration in Matthew 2:1-12. We see how the announcement of Jesus’ birth was far-reaching. Wise men from the East saw a star that set them on an adventure to find a promised king of Israel. We’re not sure how long it took, but when the wise men finally found Jesus, they worshipped Him as king!
Bottom Line: Never stop celebrating Jesus. After the Christmas decorations come down, it can be easy for kids to assume that the spirit of Christmas gets packed away too. We want kids to realize that they don’t need a fancy holiday to celebrate Jesus. They can celebrate when they sing to Jesus, read the Bible, and show Jesus’ love to others.