Title: The Greatest Story Ever Told – The Real Christmas Story
Introduction: Hey, everyone! Today, I will tell you the most fantastic story you've ever heard – the real story of Christmas. It's not just about presents and decorations; it's about the greatest gift the world has ever received!
1. A Special Promise:
Isaiah 9:6: "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."
Breakdown: Long before Christmas started, God promised He would send someone special to the world. It's like waiting for the most exciting surprise you could ever imagine!
2. A Miraculous Birth:
Luke 1:26-31: "God sent the angel Gabriel to a virgin...and the virgin's name was Mary...You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus."
Breakdown: God sent an angel to a young woman named Mary to tell her she would have a baby named Jesus. It was super special because this baby would be God's own Son. Imagine how surprised Mary must have been!
3. Born in a Manger:
Luke 2:6-7: "While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because no guest room was available for them."
Breakdown: Jesus wasn't born in a fancy palace. He was born in a place where animals were kept, and his first bed was a manger, like a feeding trough for animals. It shows that Jesus came for everyone, no matter who they are.
4. Angels and Shepherds Celebrate:
Luke 2:8-14: "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby...An angel of the Lord appeared to them...saying, 'Today...a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.'"
Breakdown: Angels appeared to some shepherds to tell them about Jesus' birth. The sky was filled with a bright light, and the angels sang, celebrating that Jesus, the Savior, was born. Imagine being one of those shepherds and seeing this amazing sight!
5. Wise Men Follow a Star:
Matthew 2:1-2, 9-11: "After Jesus was born...wise men from the east came to Jerusalem...and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was."
Breakdown: Wise men saw a special star in the sky that told them a great king was born. They followed the star to find Jesus and brought him gifts. It's like following a treasure map to find the greatest treasure ever!
Conclusion: The real Christmas story is about God sending His Son, Jesus, to be with us. It's about love, joy, and the greatest gift we could ever receive. Jesus came to be our friend our Savior, and to show us how much God loves us. So, when you think of Christmas, remember it's not just about the gifts under the tree, but about the gift of Jesus, who came to change the world.