By Adam Pursel
Jesus is the Best Gift Ever
- 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)?”
- 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.]
- He is God
- He loves us
- He died on the cross so that all our sins could be forgiven
- He rose from the dead
- And we get to live with Him forever…and that will be the best!!!
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.”
- Reflect on and discuss (where relevant) some of your favorite Christmas gifts, past and present.
- Why did you like those gifts so much? Why do they stand out from the rest?
7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 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]
Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
your judgments are like the great deep;
man and beast you save, O Lord.
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)