From Help for Shepherds
Jesus coming is the one gift God couldn't afford, it truly shows love.
How to Get There
- Gifts are central to Christmas traditions. They show our love for each other, and even if it's wrong, we assume the better the gift the more love.
- Christmas is a gift, where God gave us the gift of his son.
- Like Christmas morning, people had been anticipating the Messiah for years, longing for a savior. They wanted someone with strength and power, might and the ability to destroy all their enemies.
- Usually people give gifts from what they can give. We have more money, we give bigger gifts.
- God is power incarnate. God could make anything, give anything, except himself.
- Jesus is the one gift God could never afford, that hurt to give.
- This wasn't a required gift, it was love. And it hurt.
- Mary saw pain in her life, but she accepted the gift, and she praised God for the gift given to the world because she knew exactly how painful it was.
- Mary didn't get diamonds, she got a baby.
- The most precious gift possible is one that is a sacrifice, God vulnerable and human. This Christmas, let's make sure we know what gifts really matter.
- God doesn't give cash. God gives himself.
Things to Watch For
- There might be more appropriate passages for this, but when I preached it I wanted to emphasize the response to God's gift, joy.
- Gifts are not always understood, especially this one.
- Make sure to differentiate between sacrifical gifts and gifts from excess. No one likes 15 bucks from a millionaire, that doesn't show love.
- In Mary's song, she uses past tense verbs even though she hasn't gotten pregnant quite yet. She sees the gift of Jesus as the victory.
Other Ideas that use this Topic:
|Puppets:Sacrificial Lamb||A man learns that Christ is our lamb, we don't have to sacrifice anymore.||Dramas|
This Message is part 2 of Luke: Advent to Easter message series.