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Isaiah 1:18; Hebrews 9:22
- Candy cane. If you want you can give out candy canes as part of this object lesson.
(For more Christmas ornament meanings please check out our heartwarming Christmas Story Book)
(Show the candy cane.)
As Christmastime approaches we often will have all kinds of decorations and treats around our homes. One of my favorite things is a candy cane. They taste delicious and you can also hang them on your tree as a decoration.
There is a legend about how the candy cane was made. The story says that a candy maker wanted to make a very special piece of candy to remind the children about Jesus. The red color reminds us of Jesus’s blood that was shed when we died on the cross. But it is twisted with white. The white color reminds us that Christ’s blood will forgive us of all sins and make us clean just like this white color.
The candy is very hard which reminds us that Jesus is the solid rock and that we can depend on him.
(Hold the candy cane with the hook at the top.)
When you hold the candy cane this way it looks like a shepherd’s staff which reminds us of the shepherds who were the first to find out about Jesus’ birth. The angels came to them and send them to find Jesus in the stable.
(Flip the cane over.)
When you look at the cane this way it looks like a letter. Which letter is it? That’s right, a “J.” This J stands for Jesus, the savior of the world who was born in a barn long ago. Jesus is the real reason for the season. He is the one that we celebrate.
It is easy to get distracted at Christmas with thoughts of gifts, food, and decorations, but let us remember Jesus. It is his birthday, and whenever we see a candy cane let us think about him!
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John 3:16; John 1:14; Isaiah 7:14
- Piano or keyboard
This object lesson is based on the C scale on the piano. This scale is very easy to learn and to play. You simply start with a C note (the white key to the immediate left of the 2 black keys) and you play each white key (to the right) until you get to the next C note. It should sound like Do – Re – Mi – Fa – So – La – Ti – Do. Once you feel comfortable playing if forward, try to play it backward starting with the higher C and playing each white key to the right back down the scale. Then you can play the scale backwards once more but try to emphasize the notes so that it sounds like “Joy to the World.”
Have any of you ever played the piano before or taken piano lessons? I don’t know a lot about the piano but I do know that it can tell us the greatest story in the whole world! Did you know that?
It’s true! All I have to do is play a simple C scale and it will tell us an amazing story. (Play the scale starting from the low C and working up to the high one.) That is a C scale, but I didn’t hear the story yet, did you? Maybe I did not do it quite right, maybe I should try playing the scale backwards. (Play the scale backwards from the high C note to the lower one.)
Did that sound like an amazing story to you? (Wait for a response.) I didn’t hear a very good story yet either! This time I will try to play that C scale backwards and put a few pauses in it. (Play it now so it sounds like “Joy to the World.)”
Did you hear that? What what is? Joy to the world, the Lord has come! That is a great story isn’t it? In fact, that is the greatest story in the world! In Isaiah 9:6 it talks about a child being born that will be our Savior! Do you know who that was talking about? Jesus!
See, hidden in this simple C scale is the most amazing story! The story about Jesus who came to earth thousands of years ago so that He could save us from our sins and offer us Salvation and a new life! Let us always remember that the greatest gift we have ever been given is when God sent His Son Jesus to save us!
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