The coming of the child who would give his life means abundant life and eternal life for all who put their trust in him.
For further study: Galatians 2:19 - 21
For parents and children: Ask your children how they know when something is dead and how they are sure that something is alive. Help your children to understand that apart from what Jesus came to earth to do, we are dead in our sins. That means that what we were created to be and to do, we have now the power to be and to do. So Jesus was born in that manger in order to give life to dead people. Help them to see that Jesus makes us alive so that we can know him, trust him, and have the power to serve him.
"Because we were dead in our sins, we were completely without any ability to rescue ourselves. We were stuck in our sins and trapped in a cycle of rebellion against God, slaves to our passions and objects of God's wrath."
"The birth of Jesus told the world of dead people that God was not going to act in anger but in mercy."
"The One who is life died for the dead so that the dead would have life forever."
"The birth of Jesus is a sure sign that God will act where we cannot act, and he will act with life giving grace."
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