Jesus Was Born

Last week, kids at Antioch learned about a prophet named Isaiah who wrote promises from God about the coming Messiah, Jesus. God promised a Savior and finally after all the years of waiting, Jesus was born! This week, kids were invited to think about the night Jesus was born into the world.

He wasn’t born in a hospital. And he wasn’t born in a warm home. Instead, he was born in a stable, which is a lot like a barn or even a rock cave. When Jesus was born, he wasn’t greeted by a doctor or a nurse. Instead, there were animals sharing his newfound space.

Jesus was born as a baby, just like we were. He had to learn to talk just like we did. He had to learn to walk like we did. He had to do work and chores like we do. He became hungry and thirsty like we do. He laughed and cried, felt pain, and probably even got sick sometimes, too. He lived like us in many ways. But Jesus was unlike us in many ways, too.  Though He was fully human, He also is fully God. The Bible tells us that Jesus is the image of the invisible God.

Imagining God is very hard! When Jesus came to us, it gave people the chance too see and know God. Jesus is the image of the invisible God. He came to Earth so we could know that God is real, that God is good, and that God can be trusted.

Christmas is a wonderful holiday where we celebrate Jesus coming to earth. But the funny thing about Christmas is that we can’t fully celebrate it without Easter! Easter is when we remember the death and celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. On the cross, Jesus showed his power—he took all the sin, sadness, and sickness of the world and paid the price for them. It cost him his life—and he did this on purpose. But he didn’t stay dead— he came back to life and invited every person—that means you and me!— to turn from our sin and trust God.

Now we are waiting for the day when another of God’s promises will be fulfilled—the day when Jesus will return and fix the whole earth and gather His people to live with Him forever in His perfect Kingdom.

If there’s one thing the Christmas story teaches us, it’s that God always keeps His promises. Our God is a good God who left heaven and came to Earth so we would know His love. That is a great reason to celebrate. As you remind your child of this story, we encourage you to reinforce these truths:

  • People were expecting the Messiah.
  • An angel told Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus the Messiah!
  • Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem for a census.
  • Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
  • An angel announced that God’s promise had been fulfilled: Jesus was born!
  • Jesus is the image of the invisible God.
  • Jesus told people to turn from their sin and trust God.
  • We can always trust God!

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Anticipating the Coming King

This week, kids at Antioch will learn what Isaiah said about the coming Messiah. God promised a Savior, but then the people had to wait. From our perspective, some promises take a very long time for God to fulfill, but His timing is absolutely perfect. God’s promise to send Jesus seemed to take a very long time to come to pass, but it happened at the perfect time.

You probably know how the Bible starts: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Then God made Adam and Eve and put them in the garden of Eden. Not long after that, Adam and Eve sinned, which is the first time we hear about the One who will come to rescue people from sin. A lot happened between sin entering the world and Isaiah’s writing

When Isaiah prophesied about the coming Messiah, it wasn’t something that was going to happen the next week or year. He told about the Messiah 700 years before Jesus was even born! God’s people were waiting for God to keep His promise. Each generation looked forward to the Messiah’s arrival. Now, thousands of years later, we can look back on Jesus’ birth and celebrate that God kept his word. Jesus, our Messiah, came!

When we are in desperate situations, it’s so easy to panic and let fear control us. When we hear that help is on the way, we are relieved. When Isaiah was alive, the world was in big trouble. Sin had broken nearly every single part of it. Isaiah told the people not fret—help was coming! When Jesus was born, he left heaven and came to Earth to help us.

Likewise, our sin leaves us in a desperate situation because no matter how hard we try, we can’t stop sinning. We need someone to help us!  When Jesus came, He died on the cross to pay for our sin and invite us back to God. But Jesus’ restoration of the world isn’t done yet. One day Jesus will return to fix the things that are still broken! We can feel relieved knowing that Jesus has come and is coming again. We can trust in Jesus to free us from the power and penalty of sin now. We can know that someday we will even be free from the presence of sin too!

As Christmastime nears, we celebrate because Jesus chose to be born so He could make a way for our sins to be forgiven. We celebrate at Christmas because it’s proof of God’s fulfilled promise! We can always trust God.

As you remind your child of this story, we encourage you to reinforce these truths:

  • There is one true God.
  • Isaiah was given a message for the people.
  • The message told of the Messiah!
  • 700 years later, Jesus–our Messiah– was born!
  • God kept His promise.
  • We can always trust God.

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Abundance Swap

Join us for our the ABUNDANCE SWAP on December 9th. 
Bring items at 1:00pm. Swap starts at 2pm. It lasts an hour.

What is the ABUNDANCE SWAP?
It is an alternative to the holiday shopping season because some of the good stuff we have isn’t being well used or fully enjoyed.

How does it work?
Step 1.  Find quality items. Look  in your home, shop, garage or office for items that someone would enjoy as a gift. These should be fun, useful, interesting or beautiful items in really good shape that you feel  you can spare. “Quality” doesn’t mean “expensive”. It means well-made, worthwhile, and likely to be valued. Please only include items that are in good enough condition to be “gift worthy”.

Step 2.  Contribute then collect. On the day of the ABUNDANCE SWAP, bring your items. Help organize your items in these categories: Men’s Items, Women’s Items, Kid’s Items, Kitchen, Home Decor, Outdoor Equipment, Garage, Tech, and Miscellaneous. Once you have contributed, enjoy a cup of coffee– then the swap will begin. We invite you to find some things that you’d like to take away to give as gifts to others!

Step 3.  Spend less and love more. Use the gifts you take home to reduce the cost of your new gift purchases.  As you spend less, consider using the “saved” money to help those in need in our community and around the world.

Three simple steps, that’s it. This will be our own holiday shopping event–a round of giving and receiving that includes no money and no new demands on resources. For some of us it may be a stretching exercise – a chance to let go of stuff, or to let go of worries that we might not get back “our fair share”, or  let go of commercially-planted ideas that a gift should be shiny, new, and from the store.

Bonus! There will be coffee,  hot chocolate, and a gift wrapping station available. We hope you can join us this year at the ABUNDANCE SWAP!

Questions? Email us by clicking here. See you December 9th!
Time: 1pm
Place: Antioch Office (255 SW Bluff Drive)

To learn more, watch this short video here or click below!

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