Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Anticipation! (Expecting Christmas)

Many Kings and many years after King David, God continued to try and bring his people back to him. Some Kings and Israelites did care about what God said. Many generations did not listen to and obey God. But God kept promising the people that he would send someone to rescue them. He used people called prophets to deliver his message to the people. One such prophet was Isaiah. In Isaiah 9 and 11 (and many more throughout the book of Isaiah,)God promises a King to reign on David's throne, who will rescue his people. Remember these words were spoken hundreds of years before Jesus was born.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.
Isaiah 9:6-7

I had planned to make "Christmas Crackers" for our activity. I had even been saving TP rolls. However, in my small town I was unable to find the cracker part that makes the pop and I waited too long to order them online. If you live where there is a Michal's or other craft store you can purchase them there. The idea was to make these treats and let the kids build excitement in waiting for Christmas, when they get to pull them open, and celebrate Jesus! Instead we just wrapped gifts for other people and let the kids look at their wrapped gifts... that alone is a lot of anticipation. Imagine the anxiety and yearning the Israelites had in waiting for God to rescue them.

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