Today’s clue as we walk to the manger is from the very first book in the Bible. There was a plan from the very beginning.
“The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.” (Genesis 49:10)
Once upon a time there were three children who really wanted to know what they were getting for Christmas. Their parents told them, “whatever you do, don’t look under our bed”. They told themselves every day, “Don’t look under the bed. Don’t look under the bed.” Well, one day when their mom was cooking in the kitchen, they just couldn’t wait any longer. They slipped into their parent’s room and looked under the bed. They saw a big box with tape covering the opening, and they decided they would just take a little peek inside. They carefully pulled the tape aside, opened a flap and looked in. The box was empty except for a small slip of paper. “We love you. The best comes to those who obey.”
What is the story of Adam and Eve in the Bible? They ate the fruit God told them not to. They disobeyed God, and they were forced to leave the garden. They must have felt sad as they walked away realizing they could never go back. Sometimes our sin has lasting consequences that impact us our entire lives.
Do you think God was surprised Adam and Eve didn’t obey Him? He was sad, but he wasn’t surprised. It says in the Bible that before God ever created the world, God had a plan to save the world from its sin. In the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, God began giving clues about the Savior who would come.
Moses, who led the Israelites out of Egypt, wrote the book of Genesis about 1,400 years before Jesus was born. That is a really long time! Do you remember the story about Joseph being sent to Egypt as a slave? He helped save many people from a famine, even his own family. Joseph’s oldest brother was named Judah. God would protect Judah’s family through many generations until Jesus was born. King David was in this same family. This clue is really old, but it stayed safe on scrolls copied throughout the generations.
Why did God need to send a Savior into the world? How can we trust Jesus as our Savior?
Making a Treat with an Object Lesson
Caramel Apple Cider
This is a family favorite I created a few years ago. It is creamy, rich and bursting with flavor.
Caramel Sundae Syrup
1. Pour apple cider in microwave safe mug.
2. Add caramel sundae syrup, to taste
3. Heat mixture in microwave. Remove mug and stir until completely mixed together.
4. Generously put whipped cream on top of cider. Decorate with caramel syrup on top.
5. Serve and enjoy!
Did you know if you cut an apple crosswise you can see a star? All of the seeds are packed inside that little star in the heart of the apple. The seeds are protected by the apple around it so one day new apple trees can grow from the seeds.
God tells us to guard our hearts because it is where all of our actions start. Whatever we think is really important in our heart, it will become what we spend our life to get. God tells us to want things that will last forever. Everything we see on earth will one day go away except people and God’s Word.
What do you want the most right now? How can we tell someone about Jesus today?
This makes a great gift for any time of year. Grandparents and teachers especially love to receive a handmade bookmark.
1. Cut cardstock the desired bookmark size. Can use craft scissors to make ornamental edges.
2. Have child decorate the bookmark with drawings, Bible verse, stickers, ribbons…Whatever the child creates is beautiful!
3. Have child write their name and the year on the back of the bookmark.
4. Cover the bookmark with contact paper or laminate it.
5. Punch a hole at the top of the bookmark. Tie a ribbon through the hole.
Copyright © words and photographs by Jane Carole Stein