Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Happy Birthday, Jesus
Biblical Priority #3 Children
by Carri P.

“I bring you Good News that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior, yes the Messiah, The Lord has been born today in Bethlehem – The City of David.” Luke 2:10

Happy Birthday, Jesus!  Christmas Eve is the perfect teachable moment for our children.  As the excitement of presents fills the air, so should the presence of Jesus Christ, the honored birthday guest.  Each Christmas Eve, my children and I bake a birthday cake for Jesus.  We all share in this precious tradition and discuss what Christmas means to us personally.  On Christmas Eve, my entire family gathers at church for a wonderful celebration.  Afterwards, we caravan to our house for Christmas Eve dinner.  When we get home, the Christmas lights merrily greet us and we turn on the Christmas music.  The Bible is read and the Advent Candles are lit.  A prayer of thanks is spoken and dinner is served! Yummmm!
All of this tradition warms my heart, however, the most special time of the evening comes when we gather around the birthday cake and one of the children reads Luke 2:6-14. (see below) We all sing “Happy Birthday” to our Lord and Savior.  What a privilege and honor to have Jesus as our guest each Christmas Eve and every day of the year!
CHALLENGE:  Take advantage of this teachable moment! Bake a cake and celebrate the birth of The King!

Luke 2:6-14 The Message  "While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped him in a blanket and laid him in a manger, because there was no room in the hostel.  There were sheepherders camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God's angel stood among them and God's glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, "Don't be afraid. I'm here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody, worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David's town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you're to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger." At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God's praises: Glory to God in the heavenly heights, Peace to all men and women on earth who please him.”

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