The world around us is always changing. Even our celebration of Christmas as a holiday has evolved over the years. Yet, the truth of God’s Christmas message never varies. Kids need to know that.
A few decades after Jesus’ resurrection, the apostle John, who was one of the three closest followers of Jesus during his earthly ministry, wrote to Christian friends (1 John and 2 John). John was concerned with false teachers who were trying to alter the truth about Jesus with a new, progressive message.
He reminded the church that the original message they received about Jesus remains unchanged. He didn’t have a new or updated word for them, as the false teachers claimed to have access to (and many have claimed for centuries). John repeated the same indispensable message they had received from the start. It’s the 2-fold truth that Jesus proved to John and others who were with him: Jesus is the Son of God, who became flesh and blood; and love is our ultimate ethic and command in obeying God (2 John 5-9). There’s nothing new to be told here.
The truth of the Christmas message is just as unchanged 2,000 years later, because it’s the same enduring truth that God planned before the beginning of time (Ephesians 1:4). Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, came to earth, as a man, to save us from our sins and the eternal death penalty that sin brings.
Christmas is a good time to remind our children that God’s truth and love for us in Jesus Christ can never change.
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 John 5:12