Let’s talk about Christmas movies. There’s just something about some of those movies that no matter how you’re feeling after you watch them you can’t help but get into the Christmas spirit. Maybe one of these lines from some Christmas movies resonates with you:
“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” (Elf)
“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see.” (The Polar Express)
Or even the classic, “I Triple-Dog-Dare you!” (A Christmas Story)
Christmas movies have a way of changing the way you look not only about Christmas but also about life as we see characters on the screen transform from unbelief to belief, from stingy to generous, or from cold-hearted to compassionate.
For the month of December, we’re taking a quote from one of those famous movie lines and “Triple-Dog-Daring” kids to show compassion to the people around them and even across the world. We define compassion like this: caring enough to do something about someone else’s need. But when it comes to compassion, no movie even comes close to the greatest story of all time, yep, THE Christmas story.
Think about it. The Creator of the universe, the one who made galaxies, solar systems, stars and planets, was attentive to His creation. He saw how sin had broken His people and His world. He saw and understood—more than we ever will—what the ultimate consequences of sin were for us. He saw our greatest need.
But God didn’t stop there. He did something about it. Jesus became one of us. Humbling Himself to be born as a tiny baby in a remote town in the dwelling place of animals. His birth announcement was sent first to a lowly group of shepherds and later to kings from a distant land. He lived as one of us, so that eventually He could die as atonement for our sin and be raised again on the third day so that we could also one day live forever with God in Heaven.
The Christmas story can really be summed up in one verse of Scripture. And this is the verse that we want every parent, every leader, and every child to memorize and carry with them the rest of their lives. Because there’s no other verse that can compare with what this verse says. It’s the essence not only of the Christmas story, but the essence of the story of Jesus. It’s found in John 3:16: “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son. Anyone who believes in him will not die but will have eternal life” (NIrV).
Above you will find the preview video (click on the graphic) discussing the stories we'll be covering this month. You can also view the monthly newsletter and follow our Facebook page for engaging questions and activities to keep the discussion going throughout the week. Don't forget to come right back here for a new GodTime devotional to go along with the story and theme we will be covering each week. (Download our App for easier access to these resources on the go!) You can also check out theparentcue.org for some great parenting resources from the authors of our curriculum!
If you look at the Christmas story, it’s easy to see that one aspect of God’s character is compassion. God saw our greatest need, and He met it in the most remarkable way. To get kids thinking more about this we’re taking the entire Christmas season to talk about compassion and ask a different question each week to get kids and families thinking about how they can show compassion this Christmas.