FOCUS DAY 3:
Three Gifts of Christmas
HEAVENLY CONVERSATION 3: “Christmas Connected"
KEY: F (God the Father Speaking);J (God the Son, Jesus Speaking); S (God the Holy Spirit Speaking) [Read the verse(s) and “Heavenly Conversation” as a family. Suggestion: Choose a different family member to read each part of God’s conversation.]
F “Christmas is about giving! How can we celebrate Christmas without also celebrating Easter and Pentecost as well? They are all connected! Without your birth, Jesus, you would not have been able to die for everyone’s sins, and without your resurrection, our Holy Spirit would not have been given an intimate and special place in each person’s heart.”
J “They are all part of our three gifts. Certainly, we can celebrate your Christmas gift of forgiveness from sins, which was made possible when you gave me to bring everyone the Good News of redemption. Every sin can be forgiven – how amazing! I know that my Christmas gift of freedom from sin’s bondage was made possible because of my birth and resurrection.”
S “And my Christmas gift of fulfillment in life was made possible because you defeated sin and Satan, and then rose from the dead. My presence in each heart can now guide their choices to please us and themselves.”
F “Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost are also connected by love. ♥ It was my love for everyone that motivated me to give you, Jesus, as my only Son, to bring grace to earth. There is no better life than when our creation discovers, chooses to accept, and then lives by all our Christmas gifts each day.”
J “It was my love of every person that moved me to freely choose death on a cross to pay for all their sins. I think you are right, Father. Christmas is a time to anticipate my gift as a resurrected Savior and Lord. Christmas has to include the freedom of Easter!”
S “And, it is my loving presence in believer’s hearts that helps people want to make good choices, listen to their consciences, and desire holiness. When people discover that a consecrated life is the most rewarding one, they can celebrate my presence daily in their lives. At Christmas we should celebrate Pentecost!”
F “Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost are all important and all connected to everyone’s life journey. Above all, at Christmas I want everyone to celebrate the joy of their sins completely forgiven!”
J “At Christmas and Easter I want everyone to enjoy the freedom from sin’s harm and control in their lives.”
S “At Christmas and Pentecost I want everyone to be aware of our loving presence every day, in every situation, and with a joyful heart!”
F “We are all agreeing that Christmas brings together our gifts of forgiveness, freedom, and fulfillment to all who ask. But, like any gift, they must be received freely! Forgiveness is received through repentance.”
J “Freedom is received through surrender of our will.”
S “And fulfillment is received through consecration and obedience, much like Mary, Joseph, and John the Baptist did when we spoke to them!”
F “Don’t forget the wisemen. I love it when each person asks for and freely accepts our gifts! ”
S J (Together) “We do too!"
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”; “For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.” John 15:13, Romans 11:29
MY CHOICE DAY 3:
I believe in Jesus’ Birth, Death, and Presence.
DAY 3 ACTIVITY:
OPTIONAL: Suggested Family Discussions
- Take a few minutes to talk about the importance Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. Why are they all connected?
- Take a few minutes to talk about the importance forgiveness, freedom, and fulfillment. Why are they all necessary?
- Take a few minutes to talk about the importance repentance, surrender, and consecration. Why are they all choices?