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A Christmas Tree Object Lesson

You can use your Christmas tree to illustrate the truths of God’s Word.  Using physical objects are great teaching tools when attempting to explain complex truths. Children are concrete thinkers.  You want to use things in their “world” that they are familiar with to teach great spiritual truths that may be too abstract and unfamiliar for them….kinda like Jesus did with all of us as documented in the Gospels. We call them Parables.  

The following outline is only one version that I’ve used to teach children, and hopefully they will remember these truths when they look at their own Christmas trees.  You may want to add other Christmas objects, or a different verse.  The important thing is that Scripture is read and explained.  I tried here to incorporate Scripture that taught about the second coming of Christ, Scripture that incorporates the Old Testament promises, the birth of Christ, and the New Life to come, and Scripture that illustrates the beauty of salvation for us now. By this I mean, not only has God given us salvation in Christ, but we are to live out that salvation through our lives and witness as an expression of love for Him. Elaborate as much as you need to. Pray over your devotion and your family, Have fun!

The tree: This reminds us of our sin. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, and Jesus died on a tree to take away our sins.  

Genesis 3 – the fall of man and the promise of God to send one to defeat Satan and sin.

1 Peter 2:24 – He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Rev. 22:14 – Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates.


The point:
This points heavenwards, reminding us that Jesus came from heaven to be our Savior.
1 Cor. 15:47 – The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.

John 6:51 – I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

John 6:33 – For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”

1 Thess. 4:16 – For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Rev. 21:2 – And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

The Angel:. God sending an angel with the message of Christ’s birth, after 400+ years of silence from God, not only breaks the silence, but by sending angels shows the importance of that message.

Luke 1 –  19And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news…. 26In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed[b] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”[c] 29But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.”  

Reminds us that it was an angel that brought the first Christmas message to some Shepherds, “Fear not, for I bring good tidings of great joy, for unto you is born a Savior, Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2.10,11)

Rev. 19:9 – And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

The star: Reminds us that God sent a special star to guide the wise men to the baby Jesus.

Gem. 22:17 – I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies,

Matt. 2:9-11 – And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11And going into the house they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him.

Rev. 22:16 – “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

The lights: Jesus came to give light to those in darkness, and those he saves, he calls to be light too.

Isaiah 9:2 – The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of darkness, on them has light shined.

John 8:12 – Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…

John 12:46 – I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.

Rev. 21:23 – And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.

The decorations: Reminds us of the beauty of everlasting life, obtained through faith in Jesus.

Galatians 5:22, 23 – But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

Titus 2:10 – so that in everything they may be an ornament and do credit to the teaching [which is] from and about God our Savior.

Mark 16:15 – And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (talk about how we put ornaments and decorations all around the tree; likewise, we are to be witnesses for Jesus all around the world).

Depository for gifts:  Reminds us of the first and best Christmas gift – Jesus Christ, God’s gift to the world. Gifts are wonderful because they are free to us; we don’t have to work for them, earn them, or be good to receive them. They are paid for already. Jesus paid for our gift of eternal life by coming to earth, being perfectly obedient to God the Father, and dying on the cross for our sin. Our sin is paid for completely. All we have to do now is repent and place our trust in Jesus as Lord(Boss) and Savior.

Ephesians 2:8 – God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

1 Peter 4:10 – God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

 

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