The Christmas Bible story is such a wonder. A babe, who is our Saviour, born in a manger. Help your kids unwrap the gift that is Jesus with a Christmas Bible study for kids.
Why Christmas? Why Jesus?
Christmas is such a precious time to discover the true meaning of why we celebrate Christmas and God’s plan from the beginning.
You see, we celebrate the birth of Jesus with our kids, but forget to dive into the details of the Christmas story and why Jesus was part of God’s plan all along.
There is a depth and magnitude about the birth of Jesus that brings great reflection in our lives for kids and adults alike.
Jesus was prophesied about from the very beginning. God Himself in Genesis 3:15 says to the serpent,
“And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel.” (NKJV)
And not only that, John had a revelation of when Jesus already existed:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2 NKJV)
God is God; He is the Alpha and the Omega knowing the beginning from the end. So it’s not like He was surprised and alarmed at Adam and Eve’s sin and without a plan to redeem mankind back to Himself.
He had a plan… but, that plan took time.
The plan took a lineage of people who would believe and trust God; who would turn and return back to Him.
It’s important for us then to recognize that Jesus didn’t just appear at the time that is Christmas and then to die for our sins that is Easter. There’s more to it.
Jesus Wasn’t A Baby Born To Just Die
Jesus was born and part of His purpose was to die for the sin of mankind. Matthew 1:21 NKJV says,
For He will save His people from their sins.
But that’s not the ONLY purpose He had. In Luke 4:18-19 (NKJV), Jesus says,
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are]oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.
In Luke 4:43 NKJV, Jesus says to the crowd that’s around Him,
I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.
Absolutely, God gave His beloved Son for us and that we don’t want to diminish. But do our kids know why? Does the birth of Jesus become more significant because they are starting to grasp why Jesus died and arose?
While we think of Jesus as a baby born to die that wasn’t His only purpose. Even after Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection, He spent 40 days thereafter speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. (Acts 1:3)
It’s like Jesus kept going about His mission because He wasn’t done yet. This is why we don’t stop at Jesus being a baby born to die, because that’s not where He was left. He wasn’t left in death.
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Jesus’ Birth Reminds Us…
That we have a mission.
When Jesus returned alive after His death He gave a clear mission to His disciples, which in turn also becomes our mission. Mark 16:15-18 NKJV says,
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.
We are reminded that the work on earth isn’t done; that Jesus’ birth meant that He would grow up as a man on earth, living like us, showing us how to live and then redeeming us back to God so that we could once again have a personal relationship with Him through the Holy Spirit and continue the work that is our mission.
Jesus’ birth ultimately reminds us of who God is — that His very nature and character is loving, kind, gentle and faithful. He wants to bring humanity back to Him and He needs you and I to partner with Him.
If you’re looking to dig deeper into the Christmas story together with your kids discovering the foretelling of Jesus and why He came, be sure to grab this Christ-Centered Christmas Bible Study for Kids.
Anchored in Christ,