From December 25th Christmas morning service, children’s message at Candies Creek Baptist Church
“Good morning and Merry Christmas! I am going to need your help in just a minute reading the story of Jesus’ birth from the book of Luke. How many of you read the story aloud at your Christmas get togethers?
When I was a little girl…a long time ago…I was the very youngest on both sides of my family. So I grew up hearing all my siblings and cousins reading the Christmas story, waiting on my turn. My grandfather would always pick one of the grand kids to read the story aloud straight from the Bible in front of the whole family. And we never knew who it would be until Christmas morning. Well, I had to wait and wait and wait for years. In fact I got so tired off waiting that I decided to just memorize the whole thing so that I could feel more important. Was that the right attitude to have about God’s Word?
No it wasn’t, and maybe that is why I had to watch everyone else get turn after turn after turn…and still I had never been asked. In fact, it wasn’t until I was in college that I got the privilege of reading the story aloud at our Christmas celebration. By then I was very humbled. Do you know what that means?
Yes, I was no longer as proud or arrogant, I was much more respectful and modest. God did not want to use me or let me worship Him in a prideful manner…in fact God chose some of the most humble things to surround the story of Jesus birth.
BETHLEHEM. What is important about Bethlehem? That’s correct, it is where Jesus was born. how many people lived in Bethlehem? 300-1,000 that is all. Bethlehem was smaller than Charleston! In fact you could say Bethlehem was a humble little village where a King was going to be born.
Who were the first people to hear about Jesus’ birth? SHEPHERDS! Was that the most glamorous and sought after job during that day? Nope, it was not. Most of the shepherds were simple boys and men, servants taking care of sheep that were to be sacrificed by the priests in the temple. A very important job, but not one of power or wealth.
What about Jesus’ bed? Was he born in a palace? Did he have a crib made from gold like a King should? No! That’s right, Jesus was born and laid in a manger, where animals eat and probably drool and slobber. You probably have a nicer bed than Jesus did.
What about you? Do you have great jobs? Are you big and strong and powerful? Do you make lots of money? Are you the smartest kid in the whole school? (Well some of you might be!) No, God uses small and simple things, like the little town of Bethlehem, Shepherds and servants, and old wooden drool covered Mangers.
The gift of Jesus…the gift of Salvation, is not given to us because we are great. The gift of Jesus is given to us to show God’s glory, because HE IS GREAT!
Now, let’s read the story aloud for everyone at Candies Creek to hear. The Bible says in Psalms, ‘Everyone will share the story of your wonderful goodness. They will sing with joy about your righteousness.’ “