SPC Christmas Series
*Greetings from England!* Brian here! Morgan thought it would be a great idea for me to summarize our Youth’s Christmas Series for today’s devotional.
Sunday, November 30th – DECORATIONS
Here in Stockton-On-Tees, England, Christmas decorations were beginning to shoot up everywhere, especially on the High Street. I asked the youth what their favorite Christmas decorations were and why they meant so much to them. After a plethora of interesting responses, we studied how God decorated His own house in Exodus ch. 37-39. In this passage, we see how God had specific instructions for the way He wanted His temple decorated. Similar to how Christmas decorations always place a certain spark in our hearts every year, God desired for His people to get a spark in their hearts when they walked into His house and saw His decorations… Decorations that previously no human eye had ever seen on earth. God loves us enough to reveal the mysteries of heaven just for our enjoyment.
Sunday, December 7th – GIFTS
At the beginning of the lesson, I asked the youth what the best gift they’d ever gotten was… One of the boys said an “Xbox,” and one of our girls said her cell phone. Afterward, I asked what made those gifts so special. Whether it was sentimental or not, they could all agree that the reason their gifts were meaningful was because they had value and because the giver put a certain amount of thought into the gift. Jesus was the greatest gift this world has ever known. He was the most valuable gift of all time, and God the Father put an unbelievable amount of thought into it as well. In fact, God had been planning the gift of salvation since the moment sin entered into the world. The prophecy of Genesis 3:15 comes true when Jesus crushed the serpent’s head in the garden of Gethsemane just before He was crucified. While Adam and Eve were still standing in the Garden of Eden receiving the consequences of their sin, God had already begun a plan for the world’s rescue. He had already begun wrapping the greatest gift of all time.
Sunday, December 14th – CHRISTMAS TREE
It was pretty unanimous among our youth group that the Christmas tree was the most important decoration during the holiday season. We discussed how bizarre it was that we put big trees in our living rooms and decorated them with lights and “bobbles” (English for ornaments). They had never thought about the significance of the Christmas tree and what it actually stood for… I told them the story of “The Three Little Trees,” which I strongly recommend you Google. The story speaks of three wooden objects mentioned in the story of Jesus’ birth: 1) the food trough Jesus was laid in after His birth, 2) the fishing boat Jesus calmed the sea of Galilee from, 3) and the cross Jesus was nailed to in order to save the world from sin. Trees played an extremely important role in the life of our savior and they continue to play a vital role in our Christmas decorations. Every time you look at the tree this holiday season remember that our God came humbly into this world—He did incredible miracles proving His divine nature, and He died on the cross after a sinless life on earth.
So, that’s what the Youth at the Stockton Parish Church have been learning over the last few weeks. Thank you so much for all the prayers and donations.
Merry Christmas and Many Blessings,