E3 | The Joy | Lily & Branchey at Christmas
What did Branchey think that joy was?
What did Lily say that angels told us is our joy?
Why are Christmas cookies or presents not joy?
What is joy?
Why do you think Jesus is "joy that will be for all people"?
Family Bible Time
We will be looking at the Christmas Story in four different parts. This week, we will be reading about how the angels came to tell the shepherds about baby Jesus. Read together Luke 2:8-20. Look carefully at verses 10 and 11. Who did the angels say would cause great joy for all people? Why?
But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
Then, look up Philippians 2:9-11. Use this printout below to work through it together. Work together to figure out how this passage connects with the story of Jesus birth that we celebrate at Christmas. Simply right click on the image below and select print. Then work together to color the words and find out about the glory of God through Jesus, who is our joy.
Leading up to Christmas Day, make the story of Jesus' birth the center of your Christmas conversation. We all get excited about things that make us happy at Christmastime--cookies, gifts, trees, lights, and songs. However, none of those things will bring us eternal joy, only Jesus can. This week, work together to plan a family Nativity play or puppet show. Create props and find costumes, or make puppets out of socks or paper bags. Meditate on the Christmas story from Luke 1-2 all week, preparing what each of you will say. On Christmas Day, before opening any gifts, which are sure to bring only temporary happiness, focus together as a family on the one who will bring you eternal joy, Jesus. Perform your play or puppet show and then pray together thanking God for the gift of Jesus.
Pray & Worship
Pray together and thank Jesus for being our joy. Use these verse songs throughout the week to learn the passages of scripture from this week's lesson. Glory to God in the Highest.