Needed: Calendar or date book (could be digital), Advent Calendar
Show your regular calendar and ask kids, Why do people use calendars?
One reason people use calendars is so they can look forward to something and know how many days it will be until it's time for something. Have you ever counted down the days until your birthday, or counted down the days until Christmas?
We use calendars to keep track and to know when a special day will be. But speaking of Christmas, there's another kind of calendar that we can use to count down the days until Christmas. It's called an Advent Calendar. (Show children how your particular one works.)
Does anyone know what the word "advent" means?
Advent means "come". Just like we're really excited for Christmas, people a long time ago were really excited for Jesus to come and be born. They didn't know exactly when it would be, but they were excited for it.
And that's kind of like us. We know that Jesus has already come once when He was born as a little baby, but the Bible tells us that Jesus is also going to come again. He won't come as a baby again. He'll come as a man, coming down out of Heaven.
We don't know when Jesus will come again.
(Read Matthew 24:36.)
We can't have a calendar to tell us when Jesus will come back, but we are excited for it, just like people were excited for Jesus to come the first time. Jesus loves us so much and it will be so nice for us to finally get to see Him and be with Him when He comes.
Let's pray about that.
Sample prayer: Jesus, we thank You for coming the first time at Christmas. You were born as a little baby and when You grew up, You taught us how to follow God and You died on the cross so that we could all be forgiven for our sins. Jesus, we love you so much for that and are looking forward to the time when You will come again so that we can see You and be with You forever. Amen.
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