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This is the first Christmas devotion of twenty-five Christmas countdown on-the-go, active,
object lesson devotions with Bible verses to help us keep our focus on the true
reason for the season! Each day
snap a photo of each item for a visual and use as a photo challenge on Social
Media, or with your family, small group, friends or just for yourself. It’s a fun way to enjoy the presence of
Christ each and every day as we look towards celebrating His birthday!
I took a picture of a road down in the country where my ancestors lived for this Christmas devotion. It is a quiet gravel road with the trees almost touching above having sprinkled their leaves across it’s dirt path.
There are many types of roads that take us to different destinations. Some are paved and crowded with cars speeding by; while others are quiet and peaceful but can become muddy when it rains. Roads are a lot like life.
Think about all the roads you will go down today; each one leads to a different destination. Sometimes we may get wrong directions and go down a wrong road never reaching the destination we desire.
In the Old Testament God spoke through the prophets and they pointed to the coming of the Messiah, a Savior. He gave directions. God knew we would still make wrong turns though; that’s why from the beginning of time Jesus planned to come to earth in human flesh to not only show us the way, but to be the Way.
Here in John 14:6, Jesus says He is the way, the only way, to God the Father. Today as you travel, cross, or see different roads, let them cause you to ponder on the Spiritual road you are traveling in life. Are you trusting Jesus as your Savior, as your way back to God the Father Who is in Heaven? If not, let today be the beginning of your journey with Him! Turn back to God and invite Jesus to be your Savior and Way.
If you already are a follower of
Christ, then today be joyful and overflowing with gratitude so that you can
share with others this Good News of the Way that leads to true life! Invite others to join you on this Jesus Journey!
Map out your own road
Materials needed: masking tape or painter's tape; small toy cars;
poster or sheet of paper with Heaven or God written on it; markers or
Place your "destination" poster somewhere in the room.
Give each child the chance to take a roll of tape to make a road from
where they are to the poster. Ask them what ways people may say can get
you to heaven or to God. (Answers may include being good, giving to the
church, being a part of a Christian family, etc.) Talk about what
Jesus said in John 14:6. Depending on their ages, either write for them
or let them write, Jesus along their tape. Older children may even
want to write the whole verse along theirs. Allow them time to move
their toy cars along their roads reminding themselves the only way to
Heaven & God is through Jesus.
Take a Ride
If you're using this object lesson with your family, take a ride in
the car. Have the kids give you directions to your destination (a park,
grandparent's home, ice cream place, church, etc.) or draw a map to it
for you to follow. See if everyone gives the same directions. As you
travel discuss that although there may be different routes to your
destination, according to Jesus Himself, there is only one way to Heaven
& God the Father.
Follow the Leader
Have different children give you directions to their house. Discuss how sometimes directions can be complicated, hard to remember and confusing. Jesus didn't leave anything to chance. Instead of just giving us directions to Heaven & God, He came that we can just follow Him to that eternal destination!
Take some time playing Follow the Leader and reminding them that Jesus is the only One to follow that can lead us to God the Father.
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