Use this children’s message: Does God Give Us Christmas Presents? to help children understand the real reason we celebrate Christmas.
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Theme: God gave us his Son, Jesus. This is the reason we celebrate Christmas.
Simple Supplies: You’ll need a Bible; the baby Jesus from a nativity scene, wrapped in a box as a present; and self-sticking bows.
What have you been doing to get ready for Christmas? How have you decorated for Christmas at your house? Have you put up your tree yet? It’s an exciting time or year, isn’t it?
What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever given someone? What’s the best Christmas present you’ve ever received? Do you know about the Christmas present that God gave us?
I have a present here that will remind us about God’s wonderful Christmas present to us. Have a child open the wrapped box and take out the baby Jesus figure. Show the figure to all the children. Then open your Bible to Luke 1:31.
The Bible says God sent Jesus as a gift to us. Luke 1:31-32 tells us what God’s angel said to Mary when he first told her she was going to have a baby. Listen to what the Bible says: “You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.”
Mary did have a baby named Jesus, and that’s the very reason we celebrate Christmas every year. Open your Bible to Romans 6:23b. And the Bible says that Jesus is a gift from God. Listen to what the Bible says in Romans 6:23: “But the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Isn’t that wonderful? God has given us such a precious gift in Jesus. Jesus is our way of living forever with God. That’s the best gift of all! Did you ever notice that the first part of the word Christmas is Christ? That’s because we’re celebrating the gift of Christ!
Give each child a bow. You can put this bow on a gift you’re giving to someone, or you can keep it for yourself. However you use it, let it be a reminder to your that the very best gift we’ll ever get is God’s gift of Jesus.
Let’s pray. Thank you, God, for sending Jesus as a gift to us. Thank you for letting us celebrate Jesus’ birth each year with Christmas. Help us to remember that the reason for Christmas is Jesus, not the gifts we give or get. In Jesus’ name, amen