Both Mary and Joseph had accepted the special assignment God had for them, protect and care for my son. For he had come to be a Savior of the people. After traveling to Bethlehem with her husband Joseph, Mary gave birth to Jesus, wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger. Soon, shepherds came to see the baby, rejoiced, and told everyone about what they had seen and heard. A time later, when Jesus was a little older, wise men, from the East, came, worshipped him, and presented him with gifts, gold, frankincense, and myrrh. This is what we know as the Christmas story. However, the Christmas story did not end there. It is a story of hope, a gift offered to us, one that continues even today.
Can you imagine leaving a place where goodness surrounds you, where you didn’t have to worry, where you didn’t want for anything, and where you are continuously honored and glorified? Doesn’t it sound like a great place to live? Most likely, none of us would want to leave this place. However, that’s exactly what Jesus did for us. He left the heavenly realm to be born a baby on Earth to fulfill a very special purpose. Each part of the Christmas story gives us a glimpse of who this baby was for us.
Jesus came as a humble servant. Jesus is God’s son, but when he was born, he was placed in a manger. A manger is an item that the animals used to eat their food. Would you put God’s son in a manger? You probably would not; however, Jesus chose to be born in a humble state. He came for all, not just for the rich or popular or those of royal blood, but for anyone who desired what he offered.
Jesus came to be a shepherd. After Jesus was born, the first announcement of his birth was made by an angel to a group of shepherds who were watching over their sheep. We are like the sheep, who need someone to watch over us, lead us, and protect us. Jesus is the shepherd who will do this for us.
Jesus came so we could choose our eternal king. When the wise men saw the star and traveled to see the rightful heir, the King of the Jews, this caused King Herod to feel fearful. The Jews, the children of Israel, were God’s chosen people, but due to their disobedience, the kingdom was overthrown. King Herod sat on the throne, but he was not the rightful heir of the throne, only someone of the line of King David. Because Joseph was of King David’s family line, his sons had a rightful claim to the throne. What happened to the children of Israel is what happened in the world. God created the heavens, Earth, and all that was within, including us. We belong to him, but when Adam and Eve disobeyed God, sin entered the world. Because we sinned (disobeyed), we chose another ruler, Satan. Satan is not the rightful heir of the throne, of the kingdom of Earth and its people. Jesus is because of who his dad is, God. To fix the situation, Jesus had to come and give us a way to reclaim him as our ruler, our eternal king. That is why we have the Christmas story.
As you know, Jesus did not stay a baby. He grew up, and one day, he fulfilled his purpose. He went to the cross, died, and rose from the dead three days later. When he rose, he had all power in his hand. Now, we must choose whom we want to be our king, our ruler. To give up his power in heaven, to take on human form, and to suffer on the cross, Jesus had great faith. He knew that we could make the right choice, that we could choose the right king. Thus, this makes us a part of the Christmas story. What will you choose?
- Have you ever thought that you were a part of the Christmas story? Why or why not?
- What is your favorite part of the Christmas story and why?
- Could you have done what Jesus did, leave heaven to sacrifice for the world? Why or why not?
- Knowing what Jesus did for you, how does that make you feel?
- If someone was to ask you today who you choose as your king, who would you choose and why?
What does the bible say about Jesus’s purpose on Earth?
- For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45 ESV
- Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 ESV
- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 ESV
- You can choose the example of service you want to follow.
- You can choose who will shepherd you., who will have rule in your life.
- You are a part of the Christmas story.
- Being faithful has some hard parts involved, but it’s worth it.
Father God, thank you for the Christmas story. Thank you for the sacrifice made. As the Christmas season progresses, help us to remember the reason for the season. Help us to think of Jesus’s sacrifice not with sadness but with joy because of the victory. We ask this in Jesus’s name. Amen.
As you remember the Christmas story, celebrate it in small ways.
Looking back over today’s story and what was discussed, what is the most important thing that you learned? Why is that important? Do you have any questions about anything?
*Thank you for being a part of this year’s bible study classes. We appreciate each of you greatly. This is the final bible study lesson for the year, and we want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!