We light the Christmas candles to get our hearts ready to celebrate Christmas. We have already lit the Candles of Hope, Peace, and Joy. (Relight the first three candles.) Today, we light the fourth candle. We call it the Candle of Love because God gave us the best gift ever because He loves us. What was that gift? (His Son, Jesus.)
Today, we read about the Wise Men (Magi) and the gifts they brought to Jesus. The Bible tells us that the Wise Men came from a long distance to seek the newborn King. Read Matthew 2:1-12.
We light the fourth candle of Advent, the Candle of Love, to remind us of that God sent Jesus to show us He loves us. The best way we can say thank you to God is to love Him back! Light the fourth candle.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for loving us so much that You sent Your Son, Jesus, to earth as a baby. We love You. Help us to show that love to those around us in what we say and do. Amen.
Sing: “We Three Kings,” “Joy to the World,” or “The First Noel.”
- Did you know that although we Bible says the Wise Men brought three gifts, it doesn’t say how many wise men were there? Did you also know that although we place the Wise Men in the manger along with Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds, they probably did not arrive until Jesus was maybe even 2-years-old? Read more at http://www.jba.gr/about-the-wise-men.htm.
- Why did the Wise Men bring gifts to baby Jesus? *See quote below.
- What gift can you give to Jesus?
- What are some ways we can show God we love Him?
- How can we show God’s love to our family? Friends? Neighbors? Others?
- Read scriptures about love: Psalm 18:1; Psalm 63:3; Matthew 22:36-39; John 3:16; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 4:7.
Add the wise men to your nativity set.
* “Each of the gifts that the Wise Men brought has a special meaning. Gold stood for the riches of a king. Jesus would be King of kings. Incense was used by priests in temple worship. Jesus would be our high priest who would go between us and the Father. Myrrh was a perfume put on people after they died. Jesus would die as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. The Wise Men’s gifts showed that Jesus would be King, Priest, and Sacrifice.” (Hibbard, Ann. Celebrating Advent. 2011. p. 75)