Read the Christmas Story (Luke 2:1-20)
(After reading the Scripture, briefly explain the significance of the story.) Over 700 hundred years before Christ’s birth a prophet named Isaiah wrote, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a Son, and will call Him Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). The word “Immune” means “God with us.” Then, 800 years later this prophecy was fulfilled when God became a man in Jesus Christ. A later prophet, John wrote, “The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have see His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” ( John 1:14).
So we see that the real meaning of Christmas is the Birth of God’s only Son, Jesus. But, why did God become a man? John later writes: “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” ( John 3:16). God sent “Immune” (God with us) because He desired to have a personal relationship with us. If that is true, why is it that we don’t experience God in our lives?
According to Romans 3:23, God created us to have fellowship with Him, but we have turned away from God. Isaiah says this also: “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way” ( Isaiah 53:6a). As Romans 6:23 says, “The wages of sin is death” (spiritual separation from God). God provided His Son as a way of taking away our sin. Isaiah goes on to say in verse 6b: “and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity (sin) of us all.” (See other verses in Isaiah 53.) Jesus died in our place on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins.
Read 1 Corinthians 15:3-6. Jesus rose from the dead proving He could give us eternal life. This is why we celebrate another holiday – Easter.
(Refer back to the Luke passage.) The shepherds heard the good news about Jesus and searched to find Him. In the same way we can hear the good news about Christ, but we need to make a decision. The shepherds and wise-men came and worshipped God’s son. To worship God is to allow Him to come into our hearts and to make Him our Lord and Savior. To do so will result in “exceeding great joy!”
This Christmas, why not experience the real meaning of Christmas? 1 John 1:12 promises us that “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.”
We receive Christ by faith. Read Ephesians 2:8,9. The following is a suggested prayer (use prayer above to close). Remember that this is between you and God. For the sake of those who desire to pray have everyone bow their heads and pray silently with you: “Lord Jesus, I want to know you personally. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving me of my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. Take control of my life and make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen.”