Compared to all the other gifts it was massive.
Reference: v.17 “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (NIV Bible)
Explore: A couple of years ago I was involved in a Christmas service for the children in the local community. Our aim was to teach them the real meaning of Christmas. So we decided to go with the theme: The Best Gift Ever. Throughout the hour-long service we had many different presents up on the stage. However the children could not miss the huge big box we had built just to the side of the platform. Compared to all the other gifts it was massive. It would have been three metres cubed and my co-presenter had covered it in beautiful bright wrapping paper. Finally, near the end of our service, we went over to the box and said that out of this present we would receive the best gift ever. We asked the children to guess what was in the box. One said a bicycle, another said a Playstation and yet another said some play equipment. But they never suspected what the gift would be. When we reached in to pull out the best gift ever we brought out… a real live baby! The kids were amazed! They never thought that there would be an actual living thing inside that box. They couldn’t believe it had been in there the whole time and they hadn’t known. We didn’t tell them that there was a door at the back of the box where the mother was able to pass her baby through. And so the impact and message was brought home beautifully. We all want so much ‘stuff’ for Christmas but the best gift ever was God sending us His son to this earth as a baby.
Application: I love how children trust in a story. Adults would have been trying their hardest to work out how the baby got in the box and so miss the point altogether. But not one child left that service without understanding what the best gift ever is at Christmas. While its good to research, access and analyse there are some things we will never understand. Do we wipe them off as unbelievable or are we willing to acknowledge that there is a greater being who is more clever than we will ever be? It’s at these times we need to embrace the child-like faith and walk confidently into Jesus’ arms.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be discerning but not stubborn. Amen.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.