The Herald Angels Sing
by Charles Wesley
Hark! The herald angels sing,
"Glory to the newborn King;
Peace on earth, and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!"
Joyful, all ye nations rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With th'angelic host proclaim,
"Christ is born in Bethlehem!"
Christ, by highest Heav'n adored;
Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time, behold Him come,
Offspring of a virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail th'incarnate Deity,
Pleased with us in flesh to dwell,
Jesus our Emmanuel.
Hail the heav'nly Prince of Peace!
Hail the Sun of Righteousness!
Light and life to all He brings,
Ris'n with healing in His wings.
Mild He lays His glory by,
Born that man no more may die.
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Come, Desire of nations, come,
Fix in us Thy humble home;
Rise, the woman's conqu'ring Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent's head.
Now display Thy saving power,
Ruined nature now restore;
Now in mystic union join
Thine to ours, and ours to Thine.
Adam's likeness, Lord, efface,
Stamp Thine image in its place:
Second Adam from above,
Reinstate us in Thy love.
Let us Thee, though lost, regain,
Thee, the Life, the inner man:
O, to all Thyself impart,
Formed in each believing heart.
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Christmas Bible Study:
Devotionals and Activities
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In this issue we present suggestions for
focusing on the wonder of God's love for us
and His provision for our salvation through
the birth, death, and resurrection of His
Since "Jesus is the reason for the
season," we should not become so busy that we
do not have time for Him.
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Be Devoted to the Lord
We show our devotion to the Lord by
spending time with Him, listening to His Word
and talking to Him in prayer.
Family Bible time, or devotions, should be
a Christian family's first priority each
day—not as a long or complicated duty,
but as the privilege it is.
Firmly establishing a habit of meeting
together will greatly facilitate this time
together with the Lord. Set aside a
time each day, perhaps while everyone is
still at the breakfast or dinner table or
before going to bed at night.
Let God talk to you by reading His
Word. You can read through the Bible
each year in just 15-20 minutes a day (See
Take a few minutes to discuss what you've
read. Recall facts, test comprehension
with questions, expand understanding by
having your children paraphrasing what was
Determine to do something about what you have
read, such as share the truth with someone or
change something in your life.
Memorizing and reviewing Bible verses
together implants God's Word in your hearts
When you talk to the the Lord, thank the Lord
for what He has done for you (come to earth
to die for our sins); ask for forgiveness;
and bring petitions for the needs of
ourselves and others.
Sing praises to the Lord through hymns and
Suggestions for following this model at
Christmas time are included in the rest of
Read the Story
One of the most meaningful family
traditions you can pass on to your children
is reading the story of Christ's birth
Read and Discuss the Bible Story
and discuss Matthew 1:18-2:23 and Luke
listen to the Bible reading on an audio tape,
online), or watch a video with
word-for-word Scripture (Matthew:
explanations for your younger children as you
the different details given in the Matthew
and Luke accounts.
the accounts of Jesus' birth from "A
Harmony of the Story of Jesus" which
brings together all the relevant verses from
Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John rearranged by
subject and approximate chronological order.
about the incarnation of Jesus in John
1:1-18. How does this account differ
in viewpoint, etc.?
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Study the Story
Further study brings many rich truths to
bear on the simple story of Christ's birth.
facts, test comprehension with questions,
expand understanding by having your children
paraphrase what was read.
and discuss the names given to the promised
Messiah in Isaiah 9:6 and the character
quality each reveals.
and study the prophecies in the Old Testament
predicting the coming of the Messiah and
their fulfillment in the New Testament such
as His virgin birth, Bethlehem to be the
place of His birth, and His suffering. Many
are listed online here.
Doctrine for Children
Don't be afraid of the word "doctrine";
it simply means "teaching." Children can
understand important foundational truths from
Scripture, such as:
Virgin Birth: Jesus had no human father, only
a mother. (Matthew 1:18-20; Luke 1:34-35;
Incarnation: Jesus is both fully God and
fully man. (John 1:1-3, 14; 14:6-11;
Colossians 1:12-18, 2:6-9, Isaiah 43:11,
Why Jesus Came
Look up some of the following Scriptures,
and discuss the reasons that Jesus came.1. To Redeem Man
seek and save the lost as a shepherd. (Luke
19:10; Matthew 18:11; John 10:1-30; Isaiah
53.6; I Peter 5:2-4; 2:25; Matthew 9:36;
give His life as a ransom. (Matthew 20:28;
save sinners by bearing our sins and paying
our penalty. (Romans 6:23; Isaiah 53:5; I
Timothy 1:15; I Peter 2:24; Hebrews 9:28)
put away sin. (Hebrews 9:26; I John 3:5; John
1:29; Leviticus 16:20-22; Isaiah 53:6; II
give eternal life to those dead in sin.
give re-birth and adoption as God's children
to all who receive Him in faith. (Galatians
4:1-7; John 1:12)
conquer death through His death and
resurrection. (I Corinthians 15:20-22;
Revelations 21:4; II Timothy 1:10; Hebrews
remove enmity and establish fellowship and
friendship with man. (I John 1; Romans 8:7;
2. To Reveal the Character of God
reveal the Father and to demonstrate the
great love of God for all men. (Romans 5:8;
II Timothy 2:4; Matthew 11:27; John 14:9)
provide a pattern of holy living. (I Peter
2:21; Matthew 11:29)
demonstrate patience, humility, and
obedience. (Philippians 2:5-8; I Peter
2:21-23; Hebrews 5:8; John 6:38)
3. To Fulfill Prophecy and the Law
fulfill prophecy. (Matthew 5:17; Romans
fulfill and abolish the law. (Ephesians
2:13-15; Matthew 5:17-18)
be a faithful high priest and the mediator
between God and man. (I Timothy 2:5; Hebrews
remove the veil and open the Holy Place to
us. (Hebrews 6:19-20; 9; 10:19-22)
Dramatize the Story
Your younger children may comprehend and
remember the story of Christ's birth better
through any of the following activities. Make a Nativity Set
a playdough, dough art, or clay nativity set.
You could shape the figures like the "Little
instructions for a nativity scene on pages
38-39 of Morton Salt's "Dough
It Yourself" Handbook (complete and free
Nativity sets are great for very young
children to play with.Make and Use Puppets
Tell the story of Jesus' birth using felt,
puppets, or unbreakable nativity figures.
Bible Story Puppets by Valerie Bendt.
directions for making 40 inexpensive and
durable felt hand puppets ($8).
puppet instructions here
and inexpensive puppet
Act Out the Story
Help your children act out the story.
can play multiple parts and use stuffed
animals as props.
can be as simple as a scarf or bathrobe.
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Apply the Story of God's Love
The story of the life of Christ reveals a
loving God who is seeking a personal
relationship with you. Through faith in
Jesus Christ, His substitutionary death for
you, and His resurrection, you can have
forgiveness of sins, peace with God, and
Explain and discuss the following verses.
"Herein is love, not that we loved God,
but that he loved us,
and sent his Son to be the propitiation for
(1 John 4:10)
"For God so loved the world,
that He gave His only
that whoever believes in Him should not
but have eternal
"The Lord is patient toward you,
not wishing for any
but for all to come to repentance."
(II Peter 3:9)
Compare receiving a gift to how a person
receives God's forgiveness and eternal life
by accepting it as an undeserved gift by
"But as many as received Him,
to them He gave the
right to become children of God,
even to those who believe in His name."
"For the wages of sin is death,
but the free gift of
God is eternal life
in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"For by grace you have been saved through
and that not of
it is the gift of God; not as a result of
that no one should
(Ephesians 2:8, 9)
Ask each of your children who understands
if he has accepted this gift.
the Lord to help you lead your child to Him
in saving faith if he has not been saved.
some of the Scripture passages above or
others that speak of God's love to us.
and thank the Lord for His love and gift of
Sing about the Story
Music adds so much to our celebrations.
It is also a way to teach and remind our
family of spiritual truths."Let the word of Christ richly dwell within
with all wisdom
teaching and admonishing one another
with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
thankfulness in your hearts to God."
Gather your family together to sing Christmas
carols during your family devotional time or
as an activity at some other time.
See words and music for 385 Christmas
hymns and songs at Cyber
Hymnal (choose "Christmas" in the list of
topics). Also look for the theme of Christ's
coming in other hymns not usually considered
Christmas carols (e.g., "One Day," "Tell Me
the Story of Jesus," "That Beautiful Name,"
and "Ivory Palaces."
the Story Behind the Music
Learn the history of our Christmas music (see
the link above for Christmas hymns).
Song Lyrics as Poems
Some of these songs are quite profound in
their doctrinal teachings and can be read as
poems. In fact, we can sometimes appreciate
the words better by concentrating on them
without the music before we sing them.
to Handel's "Messiah"
Handel's Oratorio "Messiah" speaks of
Christ's life, death, and resurrection:Words
and the Scriptures to which they refer
of Handel's "Messiah."; Open
MP3 Downloads; "For
unto Us a Child Is Born".