Today is the fourth Sunday of Advent! Advent is the season when many Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas as well as the hope of Christ’s eventual return. Although not all Christians participate in Advent, we at the Little Light House would like to share about this season with you, as it may be a tradition you would like to begin celebrating. Advent is a time to reflect on the meaning of Christmas—it’s a great way for families to spend time together and celebrate Christmas during the busy weeks before December 25!
The time for waiting is almost over—Christmas is in just two days! We’ve almost arrived at the most important part of the Advent and Christmas season: the story of Jesus’ birth. We remember the story of how Jesus came to be born in a manger, all so that He could live among us and one day die to save us from our sins. How amazing is it that Jesus came to earth as a baby because of His great love for us? This Christmas, celebrate the gift of Jesus’ birth! Read the amazing story of His birth below, in Luke 2:1-20
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Saviorhas been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Do you have a toy nativity set? If so, play with the nativity set as a family. If you don’t have one (or even if you do!), make one of these simple nativity crafts! Just click on the picture to find the instructions.
The video below is O Come All Ye Faithful, from Red Mountain Music–the lyrics for this great Christmas song are on the video!
by Sarah Davis, Community Outreach Coordinator