Object Lessons

A Christmas Star

Objects: Electrified Star. (Star made of transparent paper; electric light placed back of it.) Letters P-E-A-C-E placed on points of star.

The birth of Jesus was connected with the shining of a star, for it was a star, you know, that led the wise men from afar at that first Christmas time, to the very place where the child Jesus was (Matt. 2:1-12). So, this morning we will look at this star (display star) and let it tell us something of what His birth meant for Him, and what it means to each of us.

The star, as you see, has five points. We will choose five words that tell something of what His coming into the world MEANT TO HIM, and five words that tell what His coming has MEANT TO YOU AND ME. You will notice that the star will grow brighter and brighter as these different things are mentioned. This is to show, that while the things that pertained to Him grew darker—for us, they became brighter (have electrician arrange for this).

First, the birth of Jesus meant to Him POVERTY. "He who was rich became poor for our sakes, that we through His POVERTY might become rich" (2 Cor. 8:9). We will place the letter P which stands for POVERTY on the first point of the star (demonstrate). Many today know what poverty means, but not by choice. He chose to be poor for our sake. The letter P also stands for POSSESSIONS, for while His coming meant poverty for Him, to all who have received Him as their Saviour, it means "possessing" many things. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who bath blest us with ALL spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ"—Eph. 1:3. We have been made rich by Him, possessing everlasting life—redemption through His blood, forgiveness, etc.

The second letter is E. This stands for "EMPTYING of glory" for Him—Phil. 2:5-8, but "ENTERING into glory" for us—Rom. 8:18, 30. Though He never ceased to be God, yet He laid aside gar­ments of glory, "made Himself of no reputation and took upon Him the form of a servant . . ." But those who have believed on Him shall one day share His glory, and be like Him—1 John 3:2.

A is the next letter, which tells of the AFFLICTION His coming brought to Him. In Isa. 53:7 we read, "He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth." A also stands for "ACCEPTANCE in the Beloved" (Eph. 1:6). The believer has no merit of his own. His acceptance by the Heavenly Father depends wholly upon the Lord Jesus. Believers are "made nigh by the blood of Christ."

C tells of the CURSE which He was made for us when He died on the cross. "Christ hath redeemed us from the CURSE of the law, being made a CURSE for us, for it is written, cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree"—Gal. 3:13. The curse for Him, but the CROWN for us—Wondrous grace that it should be so! God's Word speaks of crowns (1 Pet. 5:4; James 1:12; 2 Tim. 4:8; 1 Thess. 2:19; Rev. 2:10), which the believer has the privilege of earning and receiving at the Crowning Day when rewards of service will be given out (2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Cor. 3:14). These are someday to be laid at the feet of Him who is "worthy . . . to receive glory and honor and power"—Rev. 4:10, 11.

The last letter is E. This tells of His death on the cross. Heb. 12:2 says, "Who for the joy that was set before Him 'Endured the Cross.'" God so loved that He gave—gave His Son to die on the cross in the sinners' place (Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21). His death brought life to us. E also stands for EVERLASTING LIFE which is God's gift to all who receive the Lord Jesus as Saviour—John 3:16; Rom. 6:23.

Now let us look at the star! Each point bears a letter. Shall we spell the words together—P-E-A-C-E. The angels sang on that first Christmas day, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth PEACE, good will toward men"—Luke 2:14.

The Lord Jesus came to earth on that first Christmas day to bring peace. Have you, dear boys and girls, received this precious gift? "Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom. 5:1). All who have received Him as Saviour are justified or declared righteous and have this won­derful gift of PEACE. "My peace I give unto you"—John 14:27.

Let us remember on Christmas morning to thank Him, for the many gifts His coming as a Babe in the manger so long ago has brought to us, and especially for the gift of PEACE!

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