This is the Children's Time I'll being doing during our worship service on Christmas Day.
Merry Christmas, boys and girls! Today we're celebrating Jesus' birthday. You know, God sent his son, Jesus, down to earth to be born as a little baby. Do you know why God sent him? One reason was to show us what God was like; to let us see a person who could really live his life the way God wanted him to live it. Jesus was our example...to teach us by his actions just how we should live.
Just imagine that clear starry night that Jesus was born in the stable with the cows and sheep and donkeys watching. He looked like any other baby being born that night but he was very special. He came to earth to show God's love to all of us. Jesus was pure LOVE!
So here at church on Christmas Day, I thought we could give Jesus a special gift. Let's tell him all the things we can think of that we love about him.
Jesus loves everybody...good people...bad people...everybody!
Jesus notices people that others ignore.
Jesus cares about sick people and heals them.
Jesus is humble...drawing attention to God and others and not himself.
Jesus is friendly.
Jesus obeys his heavenly father.
Jesus is thankful.
Jesus fed people who were hungry.
Jesus is kind.
Jesus treats children with love and respect and they love him.
Jesus talks to God every day.
Jesus showed love even when he died on the cross.
Jesus forgives people.
Jesus always does what God wants him to do every moment of every day.
Jesus takes time to help people in need.
Jesus listens to people who talk to him.
Jesus is God's son.
Jesus knows we're not perfect, but he loves us anyway.
Jesus likes it when we love him back.
Jesus wants us all to be a part of his family.
Wow! That's a lot of things to love about Jesus. But one of the best things is that after he died on the cross and went back to heaven, he didn't leave us here on earth all alone. God sent his Holy Spirit to live in the hearts of everybody who loves Jesus. God's spirit sort of changes our "want to" so that we can live with love for others like Jesus showed us. And showing love for others is the best gift we can give Jesus on Christmas Day and every day!!