Mary names the baby Jesus, just as the angel told her to do.
Choose a scene from the Christmas story, assign roles, and act it out.
The God of the Bible doesn’t just express love, he is love. As a triune God, Father, Son, and Spirit, he has always been and always will be an others-centered, self-giving, communal being. Love is not just one of his attributes. Love is the very nature of who he is. Jesus, the Son, fully embodies the love of God and demonstrates it most clearly when he gives his life on behalf of humanity. When people learn to trust Jesus’ love for them, they join in God’s community of love, and their very nature is transformed to love others with him.
1 John 4:8
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:16
16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1 John 3:16
16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.