“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6
“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” – Luke 2:11
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” – John 3:16
“Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” – 2 Corinthians 9:15
Christmastime really is the most wonderful time of the year, but not for the reasons most profess it. Caught up in commercialism and materialism, many are so focused on the giving of gifts that they forget or take their focus off the greatest gift given: Jesus Christ our Savior. He is the reason we celebrate. He is the reason for the season.
The verses above remind us of all the wonderful things God has secured for us through the coming of His Son into this world. As we draw deeper into this blessed season, may our hearts be enlightened more with the truth behind the reason we celebrate: JESUS. It’s all about Him.
In light of that, I have put together a Christmas Series of Sunday School Lessons to help us and students draw nearer to Him and to learn and appreciate more the realness of this wonderful time. Each of these lessons is designed to be used as individual lessons, or as seen here, they can be grouped together to be used as a series. Below you will find four links to the lessons offered.
As always, while I provide resources and activities for lessons and lesson development, I encourage my readers to do their own personal studies as well.
To access the lessons, simply click on the links below.
“An Angel Foretells of John’s Birth” – Luke 1:8-20
Before Gabriel spoke to Mary, he appeared to another person in relation to the future Messiah. He came to a man by the name of Zacharias and foretold of the child he would father. This child would grow to be a messenger before the Lord and would be he of whom it was prophesied as the one who would be characterized as, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,” (Mark 1:3).
“Gabriel Foretells of Jesus’ Birth” – Luke 1:26-38
These little details that surround the greatest story ever told can get lost in the bustle of the celebration. But, if we take the time to sit and listen as Mary did with the angel, we too can find assurance in the plans that God has for us in our lives.
“Mary’s Song” – Luke 1:39-56
Let your soul magnify God with Mary! God is worthy to be praised! Not just in those marvelous times when He is working miracles out for you and me, but praise Him as Mary did, for His holiness. Praise Him for being the great God that He is!
“Jesus’ Birth” – Luke 2:8-20
If nothing else will move the soul, the birth of our Savior ought to give us all a reason to reflect on the goodness of the Lord and praise Him as the shepherds did on that Holy Night.
May these lessons bless you and help you to fully appreciate and celebrate our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Lord, and all that He has done for each of us. Blessings and peace to you all!