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For Mom & Dad:
Christ is the eternal Son of God. In His incarnation as Jesus Christ He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. Jesus perfectly revealed and did the will of God, taking upon Himself human nature with its demands and necessities and identifying Himself completely with mankind yet without sin. He honored the divine law by His personal obedience, and in His substitutionary death on the cross He made provision for the redemption of men from sin. He was raised from the dead with a glorified body and appeared to His disciples as the person who was with them before His crucifixion. He ascended into heaven and is now exalted at the right hand of God where He is the One Mediator, fully God, fully man, in whose Person is effected the reconciliation between God and man. He will return in power and glory to judge the world and to consummate His redemptive mission. He now dwells in all believers as the living and ever present Lord.”- Baptist Faith and Message, Part II B

Read Together:  Luke 2:1-20, John 1:29, John 3:16

Big Idea for Kids:  Jesus is God.  He came to Earth and is the only way for us to be with Him in Heaven with God.  Jesus never sinned.  He took our punishment when He died for us on the cross.  He did not stay dead—He is alive and lives in heaven. Jesus loves us and wants us to love and obey Him.

Learning Question:  Why did Jesus come to earth as a baby?  Why did Jesus die?  Where is Jesus now? What does Jesus want you to do?

Activity Link:
http://www.first-school.ws/t/cp_bible/1stxmas_luke2t.htm

“To Do” Today:  Sing some Jesus-centered carols today as a part of your family celebration.  Invite other extended family members to be a part of your teaching time—it is a great opportunity to share the simple Gospel message.  Take every opportunity to turn the celebration of the season to Jesus—God’s gift to us.  Use every celebration as a celebration of Christ.  Use gift giving as an opportunity to teach about the gift that God has graciously given us.

Pray Together:  Thank Jesus for what He has done for us.  Express your love for Him as you celebrate the day.

State Missionary Jerrod Brown serves Alabama Baptists as a Baptist Campus Minister at the University of South Alabama. He may be contacted at jbrown@alsbom.org

Editor’s note:
December 13 through December 24 we will post a daily guide that you can use with your family to help reclaim the Christmas season.

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