What we're talking about
In the 60's-70's Stanford University did a series of studies with kids using marshmallows to see how long kids would wait when they had been promised a second marshmallow. These studies (which have been imitated and posted on YouTube) illustrate perfectly what we already know, waiting is hard, and Christmas can be one of the hardest times of year to wait. We have a lot of anticipation and excitement for Christmas. Before the first Christmas, the Israelites were also waiting with anticipation and excitement for the coming of the Messiah, for Jesus' birth. Hundreds of years had gone by and dozens of prophets had told of his coming and finally, in Jesus, they are given their savior. We too are waiting this Christmas, not for the birth of Jesus, but for his second coming. Christ promises to come again and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. The scripture we're looking at (Matthew 24:36-44) warns us to be ready for Christ's coming.
Questions for Conversation
- What are you most excited about this Christmas?
- If Jesus came back today, what is the first thing you would say to him?
- How can we as a family prepare ourselves for Jesus' second coming? (Look at Matthew 23)