In our last post, we started talking about the family Christmas devotional gifts we made for 2016. Let’s pick up where we left off…
Week 3- Teaching and Preaching
We started week three with a look at John 13:13, “You call Me Teacher and Lord. This is well said, for I am.” We explained how in many ways, Jesus’ teaching was unexpected. He took things that the people were familiar with and changed the way they understood it.
That’s when we challenged families to try our mystery drink. All families knew was that it should taste like something familiar, just in soda form.
We ended up using the peanut butter and jelly flavored soda!
We asked families what it like experiencing this familiar flavor in a new, unexpected way? We explained how we see in the John 13 how Jesus did something His friends didn’t expect.
We explained the story of Jesus doing the lowly task of washing feet and how He used that moment to teach not only how to love and serve others, but to also foreshadow how He would clean His people from their sin.
We also gave families a magic tree. By adding the solution, small green crystals would grow on the cardboard making it look like a Christmas tree.
But, it takes time for the tree to grow. When Jesus preached, He sometimes used gardening words and pictures to get the point. We used John 15:1-2 and explained that Jesus teaches that the good news doesn’t stop at forgiveness of sins. The gift of Jesus continues! God’s at work in believers’ lives, helping them act more like Jesus! Just as the tree grows, we can grow as Christians as well.
Week 4- Love
We started the fourth week talking about underserved love and 1 John 4:10.
We told families that in this world, there is a lot of pressure. You may struggle with some things. Sometimes people describe this feeling of burdens as if they are being weighed down. Inside the gift this week was special paper.
We had families take it out, and with a pencil, write down some things that may be weighing them down. It may be a recent loss, fears, or even sin.
We explained how Jesus loves them so much and how He wants them to let go of their burdens and give them to Him. When the instructions were followed, the paper shot into the air and floated as it burned. All those fears, worries, sin…all gone. We connected this to the gospel and explained how Jesus can forgive us and wants to give us comfort even when life gets tough!
We then connected the facts that if God loves us, we should love others and had families read 1 John 4:7-8.
The other gift was a Top Blaster!
These wind-up tops shoot out the spinning part with a light on top. It bounced off walls and other barriers and brought the light everywhere it went. The Bible reminds us that Christians are to be a light (Matthew 5:14). We need to show God’s love to others so everyone can see how great our God is!
We had a blast preparing all these gifts for the families. We hope that these little doodads will remind our children of the lessons they learned during this Christmas season!