These reflections are designed to be done around the diner table, or even at bedtime. However, they can easily be adapted for small group discussions and reflection. However, you engage – let your heart adore Christ!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
- Isaiah 9:6
Briefly go around the room or table and ask everyone who their favorite superhero is and why they like him/her so much. Talk about what makes them heroic. Guide the conversation to show them what truly makes a superhero heroic is that they rescue people in grave danger.
Commentary: This is what makes Jesus the greatest hero in history. God saw that we were in danger. Our sinful hearts made it impossible for us to do good. Men and women were always worshipping idols and pridefully ignoring God. This put them in danger so many times.
But God still loved His creation. So, God sent His Son to be born here on earth so that He could rescue men, women, boys, and girls like us from sin.
Do you know how Jesus rescued people from the danger of sin? (Allow for answers)
He put His own life on the line, and even died on the cross so that we could be rescued. That’s how much Jesus loved us.
SONG: As a family, sing or listen to “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” Take a few moments to explain some of the words and themes of the song.
ACTIVITY: Jesus showed us just how much He loved us by giving up His life for ours. Jesus’ love for us is an example of how we should love others. Everyone in the family get a notecard, stationary or greeting card and write a special note to someone you love. Compliment them, encourage them and most of all, tell them how much you love them. (Ideas for younger kids: Paint or draw a picture and send it with a note from the parents)
PRAYER: Give thanks to your Heavenly Father for being a faithful hero and rescuer.