Children count the weeks, days and hours in anxious anticipation of Christmas. If the truth be told, it’s not just children. The anticipation stays with most of us throughout life. Imagine waiting for the first Christmas–a wait that started before the world began. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1 (NIV) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” John 1:1 (NIV) Before creation, Jesus was with God and He was God. He was a part of everything created–the stars, the mountains, the oceans and you. That’s worth your consideration as you anxiously anticipate Christmas.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Dark places are scary. We do not know what is there, good or bad. Things are hidden from us by the darkness. When a light comes to a place of darkness, it illuminates the area for everyone. The light does not select certain people; it is there for all. Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) Our Savior came to light up the world; He came as an impartial light. Jesus was the light defeating darkness for all who would follow.
Singing, speaking and dancing… these are things you do in a Christmas play, right? Today, Kidtown is doing what you might think is a Christmas play but actually, it’s not. Kidtown is still explaining the story of Jesus, of course, but not exactly in a Christmas play format. Instead, we are telling the story of Jesus in a way where everyone can relate to each character. From the people who were staying in the inn at Jerusalem to Mary, the story of Jesus is seen in us all. You might say it’s a kid–held worship service or a colorful sermon with dancing and different speakers with singers, but it’s really just worship led by Kidtown.