Light the prophets candle and the Bethlehem candle. Light the pink joy candle.
It seems as if the joy of Christmas time builds in anticipation until it finally climaxes on Dec 25. By that night, santa has already come, presents are all unwrapped, and dinner has been consumed. There is a let down experience as the season suddenly ends and stores, businesses, life returns to normal.
in reality though, the scene of the manger isn’t the end of the season of joy. it is the beginning! Jesus grew from a baby into a man and left a footprint of God. He was born that men no more may die. He is the complete and only way to God the father, to new life, zoe life, eternal life.
so instead of a let down, know that past the presents and the stockings and the tree, the better present begins after the manger. real life begins!
“hark the herald angels sing, glory to the new born King”
ten commandments– stone tablets- as the Israelites wandered in the desert aimlessly God was still in charge with justice and compassion. nothing shows God’s justice like the Law He gave. He took their leader up on a mountain to give the Israelites the 10 commandments. Rules are given to ensure good for all. God desperately wants us to experience the good things He has for us and He knows the things that can blacken our hearts and rob us of those joyous things. * ask your kids about what rules they have at school, at home, with the law. what do the rules God gave us show us His love?
Tamar– She posed as a prostitute to get Judah to sleep with her in order to give her a child in the name of her dead husband (Judah’s son). Tamar and Judah were ancestors of Jesus.
Rahab was a prostitute who lived in Jerico. She knew of God’s people, the Israelites. She knew of their God, the one who parted the waters and helped the slaves flee Egypt. when she found out that God was set on having her town destroyed, she believed it was true. She hid spies who had come in to the city and asked them to save her and her family. By hanging a red cord/ scarf out the window the spies found her and kept their promise. Rahab and her family were saved by her belief. And God chose this beautiful, flawed woman to be an ancestor of our Lord Jesus. ( an ornament depicting a red cord or a wall of Jericoh could serve as the symbol for Rahab.
Ruth was a pagan who was grafted into the lineage of Jesus by her faith in her husband’s God. She was the great grandmother of King David. (symbol of stalks of grain)
King David (use a shepherds staff) was the youngest and weakest in the house of Jesse. There was a promise from God that salvation would come through Jesse then David.
Isaiah 11:1 Then a shoot will grow from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit.
Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.
David was considered a man after Gods own heart but in his human nature took a woman named Bathsheba for himself and had her husband killed in battle. She was an adulterous woman who after David’s repentance gave birth to the next King in the lineage of Jesus. (a crown can symbolize the birth of a new king)
The final woman of questionable repute was Mary. She was a young teeange girl, a virgin, who had to live with the shame of a pregnancy before marriage, appearing to the world to be out of sin. But, God used this innocent young girl to carry the Savior of the world.