Praise God Together
Ask your family: How can we see God’s generosity and kindness this Christmas?
(Talk about God’s goodness and love this way as long as the conversation goes. Turn the conversation into praises to God.)
Sing one or two familiar Christmas carols with your family. (Don’t worry about awkwardness, just sing together.)
A few suggestions (click here to sing with a video):
- Silent Night
- Joy to the World
- Hark the Herald Angels Sing
Ask your family: How do you think you’d respond if an angel appeared in this room? How do you think people in the Bible responded when an angel appeared before them?
Let’s find out:
Read Luke 1:8-13
Ask your family: What emotion does Zechariah experience when he sees the angels?
Answer: “Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him.” verse 12
Ask your family: How does the angel encourage Zechariah?
Answer: the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid” verse 13
Read Luke 1:26-33
Ask your family: How does Mary respond to the angel Gabriel?
Answer: “she was greatly troubled” verse 29 — she was fearful
Ask your family: How does Gabriel encourage Mary?
Answer: “Do not be afraid” verse 30
Read Luke 2:1-20
Ask your family: Who appears in the night sky to the shepherds?
Answer: “an angel of the Lord appeared to them” verse 9
Ask your family: What emotion do you think they experienced?
Answer: fear, just like Zechariah and Mary
Ask your family: How do we know this?
Answer: because the angel said to them in verse 10, “Fear not”
Read: Notice the theme of “do not be afraid.” This is the message of Christmas. There is lot happening in our world that can cause us to experience fear, but the Lord’s message to us today on this Christmas Eve is “do not be afraid.” Why? Because as the angel told the shepherds in Luke 2:10-11, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Why are we not to fear? Because “a Savior” has been born. This is good news! It’s especially good news for everyone who believes in Jesus as their only hope in life and in death. Why? Because we who are in Christ no longer have anything to fear. Jesus has defeated our greatest enemies of sin and death. He has brought light into the darkness.
Read Psalm 27:1
[Ask your family] So if we’re not to be a fearful people, what are we to be?
[Answer] a joyful people
Read: Even in difficult times such as these we who are in Christ can have joy, because we know that this world is not our home. The good news of Christmas is that we can have real hope. Christmas is the reminder that Jesus will return and make all things new. Why? Because he promised he would and God always keeps his promises.
So if you’re trusting in Jesus as your only hope in life and in death don’t be afraid. Rather, have joy and give praise to God today for sending the greatest gift we could ever receive—Jesus.
Thank God for his faithfulness to provide peace in his people’s hearts through His Son Jesus.