Explaining theology to toddlers helps to make what we believe just as simple as it really is, but it certainly does not change the magnitude of who Jesus is.
My husband and I have been discussing what we want our children to really grasp about Christmas. It simply comes down to the fact that Jesus is the miracle, the mystery, the wonder that we are celebrating. Not Santa Claus (although St. Nicholas was a good man who loved Jesus), not the presents (although teaching them to have giving hearts is a good thing) and not all the pretty lights (although there is something really magical about twinkling lights, right?).
“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).
And Simeon blessed them <Mary and Joseph> and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed 35 (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”
As magical as it is to picture tiny elves making toys for a jolly old man and his flying deer to deliver around the world in one night, it doesn’t even touch the beauty of the true miracle. Jesus is the Miracle. These verses remind us that this is no ordinary baby. This is Immanuel - “God with us.” A sword that can pierce your very soul. That’s what we want our children to get excited about. God came to the world to walk with us, be tempted like us but not sin and to die a horrific death for us. And then to leave his Holy Spirit with us to be the hope of glory in us.
...the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to his saints. To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:26-27 (ESV)
I believe that good ole St. Nick would tell you himself that he does bring that kind of hope. He was the hands and feet of Jesus. He cared for others because Christ first loved him and he knew that. My guess is that he may even be angry at the way he is idolized this time of the year because he loved Jesus and understood that he alone is worthy of all praise.
So this Christmas let’s live in wonder and awe of the true miracle. If you know that Jesus is the miracle and you have felt the grace that is eternal life with him, then extend that grace to others around you that don’t this season. If you do not know our Savior Jesus, please please send us a message through the website’s email so that we can talk to you more about this amazing miracle and be praying for you. We would love nothing more!