The Real Meaning of Christmas
By Dave Weiss | New Creation Fellowship | Redding, Pennsylvania
As we approach the Christmas season, our thoughts usually turn to wish lists, gifts, shopping and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. It’s a great time of year and there’s nothing wrong with having a wish list, but Christmas has a deeper meaning — it’s the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the greatest Gift of all. How do we as youth workers turn our students’ focus from the gifts to the Giver? The answer can be found in Matthew 25:34-40. Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me.” (NIV) Since Christmas is the time we celebrate “Jesus’ birthday”, the way we give gifts to Jesus is by serving His brothers and sisters — other children of God, especially those less fortunate.
Here are some ideas to help your students participate in sharing the greatest gift of all, the message of salvation through Jesus Christ.
- Serve Meals at your local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, etc. Jesus said, “I was hungry and you gave me something to eat.” Meeting this most basic human need is a great way to help your students appreciate God’s blessings.
- Caroling and visitation: Yes, caroling is old fashioned, but there are many people who feel forgotten during the holidays. Something as simple as singing a few songs for some “shut ins” from your church and including a gift like a fruit basket can be a great way to show that love and care.
- Angel Tree: Many retail stores and churches have “Angel Trees” that contain ornaments listing needy children in your community and their needs. Have your students…
Dave has a ton of great ideas, and you can read the rest of them here.