Part 2: Rewrap
The stuff of Christmas competes with the satisfaction Jesus came to offer.
The Lord says this to Moses: I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. – Exodus 16:4
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests. – Luke 2:14
This week, we talked about the idea of “satisfaction.” While most of us can say “amen” to that any other time of year, we aren’t as ready to pull back the reigns and live that way at Christmas time. It is the time of giving and receiving. It is the time of spending and spreading holiday cheer. But, it’s also the time that we remember that Jesus came to satisfy us and be all that we need.
So this week, as you encourage your students to ask for and expect less, also encourage them to ask more and expect more from Jesus. Encourage them to have a new experience this Christmas and see for themselves how Jesus can satisfy well beyond the gifts they will receive and the 25 days that lead up to Christmas. As well, be sure to give them space to voice how they feel about all of this and encourage any progress they may be making towards a greater understanding of the Christmas story.
- What was your favourite thing about Christmas when you were little? How has that changed as you grew older?
- How can you trade consumption, the desire at Christmas time to give a lot and receive a lot, for generosity?
- How does this concept of God providing for us day to day compare to the way we live around Christmas?