Christmas Devotionals – 12/25

By Adam Pursel

Jesus is the Best Gift Ever

This devotion is designed with the hope that it will help you and your family focus your hearts and minds on Jesus. You’ll notice that it is broken down by stage of life.  You will see an option for pre-school & school age and one for people who are 6th grade and older. May you find extraordinary joy in Jesus Christ our Lord, today and always.  
Pre-school and School Age:
Introduce the idea by starting a conversation
  1. Gather your child(ren) and engage them in a conversation about their favorite gifts.  “What is your favorite gift from this Christmas (either anticipated or already opened)?”
  2. Next, ask them, “Why is that gift your favorite?” and then, “How long do you think this gift will be your favorite thing to play with?” “What is something you were hoping for that you didn’t get?” [What you’re looking for here are things you can connect or contrast with Jesus, because Jesus is the best gift ever.]
Transition to the teaching point
Did you guys know that there’s another Christmas present that’s even better than [the stuff they just talked about]? This present will never grow old, it will never wear out, and you can have it forever and ever.  It’s the best present ever!!! 
Do you think you know what it is?
That’s right! (or maybe not, if they didn’t quite get to Jesus. Jesus is the best gift ever!  
Ask them: “Why do you think Jesus is the best gift ever?”
You’re looking for…
Jesus is the best gift ever because…
  1. He is God
  2. He loves us
  3. He died on the cross so that all our sins could be forgiven
  4. He rose from the dead
  5. And we get to live with Him forever…and that will be the best!!!
“Let’s pray and thank God for giving us the best gift ever – His Son, Jesus.  What are some things you want to thank God for?”
[Take prayer requests and take a few moments to pray with your family.  Make sure to include thanks to God for the gift of His Son – the best gift ever!]
Relevant Scriptures…
John 4:10
10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”
John 3:16-21

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. 19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. 21 But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

6th Grade and Up:
Introduce the idea by starting a conversation
  1. Reflect on and discuss (where relevant) some of your favorite Christmas gifts, past and present.  
  2. Why did you like those gifts so much? Why do they stand out from the rest? 
Transition to the Scripture
[If you’re doing this with friends and family, take a few moments for each person to read this silently, or read this aloud to the group.]
Read John 4:1-15
Now when Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John2(although Jesus himself did not baptize, but only his disciples), he left Judea and departed again for Galilee. And he had to pass through Samaria. So he came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the field that Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there; so Jesus, wearied as he was from his journey, was sitting beside the well. It was about the sixth hour.
A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.”

[Devotional Thoughts – personal reading and reflection for before discussion]

There’s a great deal worth considering from this text.  But I would like us to focus our attention on John 4:9-15, particularly 4:10.  The Samaritan woman is confused as to why Jesus would be willing to cross so many social boundaries in order to speak with her.  “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me?”  And Jesus responds, “If you knew the gift of God…”  
Let’s pause there for a moment.  Do you know the gift of God? Jesus is His name!  He is the gift of the Father and was sent to redeem us from our sin.  He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He offers us living water that becomes in us a spring of water that wells up to eternal life.  Do you know Him?  He is the one who was in the beginning with God and was God.  All things were created by Him and for Him*.  He did not come to judge us, but came that we might have eternal life*.  He came so that we might have life – life abundant*!  His steadfast love reaches to the heavens and His faithfulness to the clouds! His love is precious.  He invites us to feast on the abundance of His house, to drink from the river of His delights*!  Do you know Him?
If you knew the gift of God, you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.  Do you know Him?
Let us remember this Christmas morning that Jesus is the best gift ever.  He is the gift of God, and He invites us to know Him.  He alone offers us salvation and everlasting joy in His presence.
To conclude this devotion, take a few minutes to reflect on Psalm 36:5-9.  Consider how these verses relate to God’s goodness expressed to us in the gift of His Son, Jesus.
Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, 
your faithfulness to the clouds.
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
How precious is your steadfast love, O God! 
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
– Psalm 36:5-9 (ESV)
[Discussion Questions]
Share a time in your life when you knew that Jesus truly was the gift of God.  Perhaps it’s your conversion story.  Perhaps what comes to mind is another time in your life when God revealed His goodness to you powerfully.
What are some of the challenges you have in your life to more consistently seeing and experiencing Jesus as “the best gift ever?”
As you celebrate Christmas and look forward to the New Year, take a few moments to brainstorm some ideas for the coming year.  What are some things you can do (or stop doing) in order to grow more in your love and enjoyment of Jesus?  Are you willing to commit to those things?
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