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CHILDREN AND THE CHRIST OF CHRISTMAS

Samuel A CainFor to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 ESV)

You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 11:18-19 ESV)

Christmas is a good time to share the Word of God with your children. Of course, as we see in Deuteronomy 11, every day and every moment is, in general, a good time to do this. So, what are your children learning about the Christ of Christmas this year? What are you teaching them? Is there more talk in your home about Santa Claus than Jesus?

You may say that you take your children to Sunday School and church consistently, but they are at home a lot more than at church. What are they learning about Jesus at home? Is everyone so concerned about buying, giving, and receiving gifts that the greatest Gift of Christmas is overlooked and ignored?

What happens when you finally have to admit to your children that Santa Claus is just pretend – for fun; but Jesus Christ is not pretend, His story is real? Will they believe you? Will they believe that God became man on that starry night in Bethlehem? Will they believe that Jesus came to die for them in order that they would not die in their sins? It will be difficult for children to believe if up to that time Jesus has played second-fiddle to Santa Claus.

The wonderful promise made through the Christ-child is that God promises not to leave you in your sins. The Christmas miracle is that the God of infinite glory and holiness should become a man to offer Himself as a fitting atonement for the sins of His people. Even more than this, He demonstrated how life should be lived. C.S. Lewis said, “The son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.”

The truth matters and that is why Christmas matters. God has not left us alone. Your children need to hear the truth of Christmas from you. They need to see the truth of Christmas in you. Do your children really know the Christ of Christmas? Do you?

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  1. Reblogged this on My Delight and My Counsellors.

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  2. Brother please pray for us, we have much idolatry here in India. Evangelist Babu.

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