CHRISTMAS SONGS FOR KIDS
Hi kids, are you excited about Christmas! Our family is buzzing with activity and anticipation of Christmas Day. I have a treat for you today, it is a song by a little girl – it has a very special message too. Merry Christmas and don’t forget that Jesus is the Reason for the Season!
This precious little girl is singing a story about her wish to give Jesus a gift for Christmas; because after all it is His birthday. She knows that Jesus gave everything, even His life, for her. She sings, “What can I give Him?”
In the song you will hear her trying to figure out what she will give Jesus for Christmas. She finally has a GREAT idea. She will give Jesus the gift of her heart. It is not a gift He can hold in his hand … NO … her present is way bigger than that. It is the BEST and most important gift she could ever give to Jesus because it is the GIFT he wants most.
You see this little girl understands that Jesus loves her more than anyone in the world could ever love her. Why, Jesus love is so gigantic that He could not stand the thought of living in Heaven without her or without you.
Even though Jesus gave His life so we could live forever, we all turn our backs on Him and we do what we want to do no matter if it is good or bad. We want our own way! God calls this SIN. There is always a punishment for sin and doing wrong.
Here is the BIG problem. We learn in God’s word that the payment for our sin is DEATH. Whoa, hold on there Georgie! Now that’s a thought to stop you in your tracks! You might be thinking, You got to be kidding me? No Way Hosea! Nope I am not kidding you .. not one little bit!
Let me explain to you why the payment for sin is death. You see Father God is perfect and Holy; He has NO sin and He cannot have sin in His presence. He cannot let sin (any thought or action that is displeasing to God) into Heaven. But we have ALL sinned and decided to live our lives exactly the way we want! If God cannot let sin into Heaven that means none of us can go to Heaven or even talk to God.
Here is what God says in His Word: “The wages (or payment for sinning) of Sin is Death BUT the Gift of God is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23
Have you ever been punished for doing something wrong? Your payment is what you get for doing wrong. If you take a cookie without asking permission, it is the same as stealing. Your mom knows she must punish you for stealing. She gives you a punishment and sends you to your room to be alone for 30 minutes. Afterwards she talks to you about the sin of stealing and you tell her you are sorry and ask her to forgive you.
God also punishes wrong doing or sin. He tells us in the Bible (TRUTH) that the punishment for sin is death. That’s a deadly punishment that lasts forever.
When the word death is used in this verse it means to be separated. Our sin separates us in two ways. It makes it so we cannot talk to God and He cannot hear us. It also keeps us from Heaven; Forever separated. Now that you know the bad news, let me tell you the GOOD NEWS!
GOD HAD A PLAN
God tells us that we are just like sheep. Sheep are sort of dumb animals. They just wander all over the place and away from the Shepherd who is there to take care of them and protect them. They wander off the path and get lost and even worse sometimes they are attacked by wolves.
God says we are like sheep. We go our own way and get into trouble all the time … BUT God loves us and He made a plan to bring us back home to His heart. “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD (Father God) has laid on him (Jesus) the iniquity (sin) of us all.” Isaiah 53:6
Do you understand how much God loves you? Even though you and everyone else turns their back on Him, He still made a way to save us from death (the punishment for our own rebellion and sin.)
Jesus, God’s one and only son, so loves us too. Jesus has NO sin and He is the ONLY way to Heaven and the only one (without sin) who could take our sin in His own body and die for it.
God’s plan was to send Jesus to earth to die. It should have been me and it should have been you who died for our own sin BUT Jesus took our place and paid the price for our sin. He wanted to do this because He could not stand the thought of living without you.
Yes, we deserved to die for our own sin BUT Jesus willingly gave up His own life to pay for our sin. The wicked people, blinded by sin, were so angry with Jesus that they hit Him over and over again with leather whips. They beat Him until he had huge sores on his back and legs. His body was bruised and bloody. They made fun of Him and spit on Him. Eventually they forced Jesus to carry a heavy wooden cross on his bleeding beaten back. He carried it through the crowds and up to a Hill where they nailed Him to that cross through his hands and into his feet. He hung on that cross until he died … His very last words were, “It is finished!” The payment for our sin was finished or complete when Jesus died that day.
He suffered all of this for you and for me. Jesus did not have to die for us. He could have saved Himself the pain and shame of being nailed to a cross by those rebellious people. But Jesus knew that He was the only one who could pay for your sin.
He gave His life’s blood for you and for me. He gave His all to save us from the penalty of our own sin . That’s how much He loves you and me! Today, anyone who believes in Him and gives their heart to Him becomes part of God’s family. As God’s child we bow down and say thank you Jesus for giving your life so we could live.
We give God our lives because of what He did for us. When we give Him our heart He wipes away the sin and ugliness inside of you and me. He even gives us a new heart and a new life as a Child of God. He adopts us into His family … how cool is that!
We trust God the Father and Jesus the Savior after all, we were made by Him. The Bible says He knit us together in our Mother’s womb. He knows you inside and out! In fact, He knew you before you were in your mommy’s tummy. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. He is God and He knows everything. He is almighty and powerful.
The God who created you wants your love and loyalty. He wants you to trust Him with your whole heart. He asks you to confess your sin and He will forgive you. When God forgives your sin you can talk to Him any time – He loves it when His children pray to Him. Someday His children will live with Him forever and ever and ever.
He is a gentleman and He will never force His way in .. He knocks gently and asks if you will let Him in.
Merry Christmas to each of you. Don’t forget the reason we celebrate this special day … Jesus came down from Heaven and He was born in a manger knowing He would someday die to pay the price for our sin.
It was the ONLY way we could be restored to our Father God. Listen to what Jesus tells His disciples: “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going …. No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Jesus is calling to you. He wants you to get close to His heart. He talks to you through the Living Word of God. Be sure to thank Him for ALL He does for you, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
Thank Jesus for giving His life up so you can live BIG and have peace on this earth and live eternally in Heaven.
“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” Luke 18:17
CHRISTMAS FOR KIDS
by Susan Ream