Jesus’ birth brought a lot of things to humanity, but one of the greatest things – and one that the spiritually lost search for most – is peace.
Luke 2:13-14 [NLT] “Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’”
The Shepherds who witnessed the armies ofheaven showing up on earth must’ve been scared, but the birth of the Messiah was the greatest peace gesture in the history of humanity. At last, we could be in right-standing with God.Q . Think back (if you can!) to a time before you had a relationship with God. What was it like to be at odds with God? How is the peace in your lifedifferent now from what it was then?Q . What are a few substitutes people turn to in order to find peace apart from God? How dothose substitutes fall short in the end?
John 14:27 [GNT] “Peace is what I leave with you; it is myown peace that I give you. I do not give it as the world does. Do not be worried and upset; do not be afraid.”
Our Messiah didn’t just come to make peace between us andGod – He came to equip us withsupernatural peace forthe challenges and worries ofan imperfect life.Q . What’s the difference between the peacethe world gives and the kind of peacethat only God can give?Q . Peace doesn’t mean the absence of challenges – it’s a change in perspective; a different response. Think of a time when you asked God to remove a problem, and instead, He gave you peacein the middle of it. Was the end resultstill good? Were you closer toHim as a result?
3. Prayer Focus
Take a few minutes as a family – thank Jesus for making peace between you and God. Ask the Holy Spirit to be your comforter and peace-giver when life gets stressful.
Family with Small Children Discussion Guide
Jesus Is… Emmanuel
1. Power Verse
Matthew 1:23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and theywill call him Emmanuel (which means ‘God with us’).”
What’s Up: “Jesus Is With Me Every Single Day!” This week, we continue our series called, “Jesus Is…” In this week’s lesson, we learned another word that is used in the Bible to describe Jesus. We learned that Jesus is…Emmanuel.
Read the Christmas Story from the Gospels (You choose which one you would like to read) or retell the story in your own words.Where was Jesus born? What do you think it looked like? (Have your child draw a picture of the manger on a sheet of paper.)
Christmas is the birthday of a king. But,Jesus was not just ANY king. He was a king wholeft His throne in Heaven in order to come to Earth. His entire motivation wasto save the world from their sin. Jesus chose to come to Earthnot as a flashy king with acrown and material wealth. He chose the most humblebeginnings – a stable and amanger. He proved that He was not init for Himself, but for others.Jesus is Emmanuel – “God with us.” He didn’t wait for us to come to HIM. He came to us. He came FOR us. He came to be WITH us. No matter where we are, what we do, or what we face, we can always count on Jesus to be with us. When we face trouble in this world, Jesus can bring peace to our lives. Just like the shepherds – when we spend time with Jesus, we can feel His presence and His peace.
4. Prayer Focus
Pray for your child if they are facing tough situations in their lives. Pray they will be reminded that Jesus is always with them. Lead them in a prayer of thanksgiving for Jesus’ sacrifice to come to Earth and pay the price for our sins.