Beyond Belief

THEME

Christmas

MEMORY VERSE

Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.

Luke 2:11

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.

NOTES

In this episode Liz and his friends experience Christmas Eve as visitors to the Bethlehem of Jesus’ time. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be present in that town on that night? Placing ourselves into the story can give us new insight into this event. We can feel the emotion of Joseph who was desperately looking for a place for his wife to rest and to give birth to the baby she carried. We can imagine how Mary felt, without her mother and other family support, facing labor and delivery in a cave where animals were kept. We can feel the terror that the shepherds must have felt when they saw the sky open and heard the angel announcement and the angel choir singing praise to God. 

Think about what the residents of heaven felt when this plan of God was initiated. All the years of hints and promises were now becoming a reality. I imagine that they were excited to see Jesus begin his life work and a little fearful too, knowing that their well-loved friend and leader was risking his all for his Father and for humankind.

The warning that Liz got several times in this episode was not to let his busyness and preoccupation with his play cause him to miss Christmas. That is a good warning for all of us. Don’t miss Christmas—take time to immerse yourselves in the story and get caught up in the wonder of it all. Be sure to make worship a can’t miss event in your Christmas celebrations. Children need to learn the true meaning of Christmas and they learn it from you. What will you do to make your family Christmas Christ-centered?


JUST THE FACTS

How well did you listen to the story?

Q. What were Liz and his friends preparing for?
A. For a Christmas play at their church.

Q. What happened when they walked through the underpass to get to the church?
A. They found themselves on the road to Bethlehem.

Q. Who did they meet on the road?
A. Sarah and Matthias.

Q. What did they see in the sky that night?
A. Angels.

GOOD QUESTION

This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.

Read the Christmas story with your children. Initiate discussion by asking “I wonder” questions—questions like: I wonder how the shepherds felt when the angels suddenly appeared in the sky. Do you think they understood what the angel told them? I wonder how Joseph felt when he couldn’t find a room for Mary and her baby. I wonder questions help your child place themselves in the story and experience the story more deeply.


SO WHAT?

What can your family do to not “miss Christmas”? Talk with your family about how you can bring Christmas cheer to someone who needs to experience the love of Jesus?