God is not a distant being far way, floating on a cloud. He is loving and joyful Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and wants an intimate relationship with you. We are made in His image, and included in this loving relationship when our eyes are opened to the Light of the World.
The Gospel message of tells us the Incarnation (God became man) was God’s plan from the beginning of the world (Eph 1:5). He predestined humanity in Christ so He could adopt us into the perfect loving relationship he shares with the Son and the Spirit.
The Incarnation Allows Our Adoption
“Everything we thought we knew, from our doctrine of God to our notions of salvation, from election to eschatology, from heaven and hell to repentance and faith have to be rethought in the light of Jesus’ identity. Jesus is the light of the world.The incarnation —and the shared life that comes to us in the incarnate Son— is the original plan before the first particle of creation was called into being…
The gospel is the news that Jesus Christ has received us into his life. We don’t make Jesus part of our world; he has made us part of his, part of his life and relationship with his Father, part of his anointing in the Spirit, part of his relationship with his creation. It is this reality that summons us to faith and repentance.”–Baxter Kruger
What we have in creation and in Israel’s history is the preparation of ‘the womb of the incarnation.’–T. F. Torrance
“But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:4-7)
The commercialization of the holidays makes it difficult for many Americans to keep their priorities straight. Whatever celebration your family has planned remember the reason for the season and figure out a way to give to someone else in some unexpected way. Give the memories of giving to others to your children.
“Dear Santa, I am not sure why I am writing you this year. You always bring toys. I don’t want toys. All I want is my family to be happy again.” unknown
Ten Things you Can Do to Focus on Christ this Christmas
1. Read the Story of Christ’s Birth
- Bible Verses in Luke 2:1-20, Matthew 1, 2:1-11.
- There are dozens of Free Printable online to color, make nativity puppets and more. Here is my Pinterest Board:
2. Play Christmas Music focusing on Christ.
- Here is a YouTube Playlist
3. Give to Others in Need
- Make a date to sit with family and brainstorm opportunities to give. Include the children.
- Visit a shelter, make a meal for homeless, find out who is needy in your church.
4. Go Caroling
- To a Hospital, Nursing Home or your Neighborhood
5. Read a Bible Passage or Devotional About Christ Every Day
- Several devotionals are online free. Many focus on Christ in December.
- I made a list of 31 Verses on the Incarnation you can download free here
6. Write a Thank You Letter to a Solider
7. Bake a Birthday Cake for Jesus
- Visit Pinterest for ideas like this one
8. Spend Time Christmas Morning in Prayer Before Gift Opening
- Make it a family tradition to take turns thanking God for His son and all the other gifts.
9. Watch a Video on the Nativity
10. Bible Journal Christ’s Birth
- See Bible journaing below. Do it togethers as a family
Bible Journaling Christ’s Birth
These are pages I made celebrating Christ’s birth and links to the art work used. Each of these were made digitally in Photoshop Elements. Feel free to borrow ideas. Spend time with your family and a wide margin Bible. Find coloring pages of Jesus birth online to trace and color into your margins. Try fancy lettering.
Illustrated Faith’s Praise Book
Bible Journaling Tip
Save your Christmas Cards to make tip-ins.
Let’s Make a Scrap-Lapbook: Hanukkah
If you want to learn about Hanukkah a crafty way see the Hanukkah Lapbook.
Celebrate Jesus, the Light of the World! This lap book kit includes over a dozen booklets to make a beautiful Hanukkak Scrap Lapbook. Designed to be a thematic unit lasting the 8 days of Hanukkah. Here are sample pages.
A Family Guide to the Biblical Holidays
The symbolism in the Bible is an absorbing subject! This book reveals Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection, all foretold in the spring holidays, and find out how to recognize His second coming by learning about the fall holidays!
This giant, 585 page telephone-size book gives an an extensive look at the nine annual holidays: Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles, Hanukkah, Purim and the weekly holiday–the Sabbath!
“In 34 years of publishing Messianic Catalogs we have never seen such a creative contribution to the body of Messiah …” Manny and Sandra Brotman, founder of The Messianic Jewish Movement International
Dr. Marvin Wilson, Professor and Chairman of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College, Wenham, MA and author of Our Father Abraham: Jewish Roots of the Christian Faith said:
“I enthusiastically endorse this exceedingly creative project! This family guide is a Christian exploration of Biblical Holidays adaptable for all ages. This impressive work is visually attractive and sculpturally anchored. Here is a delightful educational tool serious students will appreciate, for it will provide them with a detailed understanding of one of the foundational instructional pillars of the earliest Jewish church. Explore wonderful basic foundational truths that are found in the only Bible the earliest church knew.”
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