Editor’s note: Continue the excitement of Christmas with this devotion from CTA’s children’s ministry theme, King’s Kid. This ministry message and more kid-friendly devotions can be downloaded for FREE in the Resource & Idea Center.
Bring along a “masterpiece” to show. For example, a picture drawn by a child you love, a photo of a vehicle you and a friend have restored, a plate of Christmas cookies made from a recipe that has come down to you from a great-grandparent. Bookmark your Bible at Ephesians 2:10 and Genesis 1:31.
Today I want to show you something I treasure very much. It’s a masterpiece. Who knows what a masterpiece is? (Let a volunteer explain; a masterpiece is a work of art. A great artist, for example, may paint 100 paintings, but the one that shows her very, very best work is her masterpiece.)
Here’s the masterpiece I brought along for you to see. (Show your “treasure” and explain why you think of it as a masterpiece. Stress the effort, the care, the creativity, and the commitment that cause you to consider it a masterpiece.) How do you suppose I would feel if this masterpiece were ruined? What if someone (spilled coffee on my picture, drove my car and smashed it into a tree, stole the only copy of my grandma’s recipe)?
Getting to the Heart
Did you know that YOU are a masterpiece?! Here’s what the Bible says: We are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (Ephesians 2:10 NLT) You are GOD’s masterpiece! Just think! When God made the world, he created eagles to soar in the sky. He created great whales to swim in the oceans. (He made the oceans, too!) He created squirrels to jump from branch to branch on the trees he made. He made hyenas to laugh and kangaroos to jump and sloths to sleep. He created ever so many wonderful things!
But Adam and Eve, the first people God made, were God’s masterpiece! They were the best in all creation. The Bible says that after God made Adam and Eve . . . God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! (Genesis 1:31 NLT)
But God’s masterpiece got wrecked, didn’t it? Adam and Eve disobeyed God. They sinned, and sin ruined them. Sin wrecked much of the rest of God’s creation, too. We might look around today and think, “How beautiful the trees and mountains and sky and animals are!” But we can’t even imagine how much, much MORE beautiful God’s creation once was—before sin damaged it.
It was so very, very, VERY sad. But God still loved his creation. And he loved the people he had made even more. They were his masterpiece! God didn’t give up on them. He promised to send a Savior to make everything right again. The Savior would restore God’s good creation. Say that word with me: restore. (Repeat the word with the children two or three times.)
On the very first Christmas, that Savior was born. Who knows the name of that Savior? Yes, Jesus is the Savior God sent. Jesus came into our world to make everything right again. Jesus came to restore God’s wonderful masterpiece.
Baby Jesus was born in Bethlehem on the first Christmas. (Ask volunteers to tell what they know about Jesus’ birth.)
In the days and years after that, Jesus grew up. He taught the people about God’s love for them. He touched blind people’s eyes—and they could see again! He touched the ears of people who could not hear—and they could hear again! He told people to ask God to forgive their sins—and God did!
Then Jesus died for us. He let wicked people kill him. Jesus was punished instead of us. Now, everyone who knows and believes that, everyone who trusts in Jesus, is forgiven. Everyone who trusts in Jesus is being restored.
Do you know and trust Jesus? I’m glad about that, because it means that your sins are washed away—every one of them. Now, God the Holy Spirit is working in you. Little by little, he is fixing everything sin has wrecked. You are being restored. God calls you his masterpiece. And one day, we will live together forever in the New Heavens and New Earth that Jesus is preparing for us. We can’t even imagine how wonderful it will be!
Taking It Home
Let’s pray: Dear Jesus, thank you for coming to earth to be my Savior. Thank you that you are restoring me, and thank you for your promise that—one day—I will be perfect and will live with you forever. Help all of us see and do the good things you planned for us long ago. Amen.
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