This Morning’s Scripture:
Open your Bible to Luke 2:11-14 and read these verses aloud.
“Today in the city of David a Savior was born for you, who is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped tightly in cloth and lying in a manger.” Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people he favors!” – Luke 2:11-14
Thank Jesus for coming to be the Light of the world. Praise Him for coming to be the greatest gift for everyone who trusts in Him as Savior.
This Advent season we have learned about the prophecies of Jesus’ coming that gave hope to God’s people. God always keeps His promises. We discovered the place where God first displayed His love to the world—Bethlehem—and the people He chose to fulfill His promise— Mary and Joseph. We know that when the shepherds heard the news of great joy that Jesus was born, they rejoiced and praised God. Then, we discovered how God made the way for true peace to come into the world through Jesus from the message of the angels.
Today, we celebrate the gift of Jesus, the promised Savior God sent for us. Jesus is called Immanuel. Do you remember what that name means? (Allow for answers.) At the perfect time, in the perfect way, and because God loves us, He sent His Son Jesus to be born into the world. God the Creator became “God with us” (Matthew 1:21–23). Jesus was born as a baby. He lived a perfect life, died on the cross for our sins, and rose again. Because Jesus gave up His life for us, we can be called children of God. This is the best gift ever!