The Best Christmas Present Ever

I want to share with you a little story that I did some years ago…

 

Narrator: One weekend, Susie and Stanley were spending the weekend with their Grandparents. Grammie was busy elsewhere in the house. Grandpa was in the kitchen whipping up a batch of his world famous oatmeal raisin cookies. The two kids have been trying to decide what would be the best Christmas present to get.

Stanley: But Susie, I still think that a complete collection of Tonka trucks would be the best ever. Just think of all the dirt you could move!!

Susie: Oh yeah, and you know how mom feels about all that dirt. Now what I think is that new Barbie doll with all of her stuff like the big house that looks like a castle & cars & boats & clothes…wow, that would be great!!

Stanley: But that’s girl stuff!!

Susie: Yes and trucks are boy stuff. We gotta think of something that anybody would like.

Stanley: Well, then…how about computer games? Remember that game where you had to find things and it took us nearly a week of looking together to find everything?? That was fun and we both like it.

Susie: Yes, that’s true and we both played with the Legos and Lincoln Logs. I made a doll house out them and you built a fort.

Stanley: But maybe older kids & grownups wouldn’t like that stuff as much as we would.

Susie: You’re right, Stanley. Hmm, what would ANYBODY like to get…???

Stanley: Hey! Maybe we could ask Grampa. He could help us figure it out.

Together: Yeah!!!

Both kids jump up and rush into the kitchen….

Together: Grampa!!!

Looking up from his cookie mix…

Grampa: Hey there kiddos! How are my two favorite grandchildren?

Together: Grampa! We’re you’re only grandchildren.

Grampa: Well, that doesn’t change the fact that you are my two favorite grandchildren in the whole wide world. Now, what is it that you two want? The world famous oatmeal raisin cookies have not even gone in the oven yet. I was just tasting the dough to make sure I haven’t left anything out.

Susie: Grampa! They are not cooked yet! Ewww!! Yuck!!

Licking his lips & fingers…

Stanley: I don’t know, Susie, this tastes kind of good. This would go great with ice cream Grampa!

Grampa: What was it you guys wanted anyway??

Stanley: Oh, yeah…we wanted you to help us figure something out.

Susie: That’s right. We have been trying to figure out what the best ever Christmas present would be. Stanley thinks that it would be Tonka trucks & stuff. I think that it would be all the new Barbie dolls & stuff. Then we thought about computer games that we could both play or Lego’s or Lincoln Logs or…

Grampa: Whoa there little one, I got the idea. Why don’t the two of you sit down at the table there while I put this first tray of my world famous oatmeal raisin cookies in the oven? We’ll talk while they are baking & maybe we can sample them fresh out of the oven.

Both kids: All Right!!!

Grampa: Now let me get this oven door open and put this tray in…make sure that the temperature is just right and set the timer. Good! All done! Now, let’s talk about this present thing. I don’t think that you kids are thinking big enough. Let’s think about the best present ever given. Not just the Christmas type. I seem to remember a story that starts like this.

A long time ago, far, far away, back during the time when God had just created the earth. He had just finished making all of the animals and fish and plants & trees. He said that all of this is good, but… He then took some mud and created Adam. (I think that is why boys like dirt so much.) When Adam was awake and had looked around a little bit, God asked him to name all the animals. Well, that took awhile, but, after Adam was done, he was a little lonely. All of the animals had males and females. They had someone to spend time with and talk with and stuff, but…Adam didn’t. God knew that this was making Adam sad. So, He put Adam to sleep and took one of his ribs and made Eve. She was a present from God to Adam. God then gave the whole world to Adam and Eve to rule over and be masters of. That was a pretty big present if you ask me.

Well, pretty soon Adam and Eve messed up and sinned against God. This pretty much messed up everything all around. They got kicked out of the garden that God had planted for them to live in and they had to work hard every day just to survive. Sin had been brought into the world by their disobedience and the world has been a mess ever since.

But, even as God was kicking them out of the garden, He made a promise that one day He would send someone to do something about the mess that they made.

Well, a lot of time passed and God gave lots of presents to His people. Sometimes the presents were people to help them out when they were in trouble like Noah and Moses. Sometimes He gave them food and water where there wasn’t any like when the children of Israel were wandering in the desert for 40 years. God fed them twice a day.

When they got to the Chosen Land, He helped them take control of it and get settled. He sent people called Judges to help them when they forgot about God and got themselves in trouble. He gave them a king when they wanted one. When they were taken into captivity after forgetting about God again for a long time, He sent them Daniel and kept him from getting eaten in the lions den. He sent them Queen Esther to keep them from getting killed by the evil Haman. He brought them back to Israel when He said that He would and even after they were conquered by the Romans, the finally time came for the best preset of all.

There was a young girl named Mary we talked about her before, do you remember? Do you remember how when the angel told her that she was going to become pregnant and she said that couldn’t be because she was not married and the angel told her that all things are possible with God? She told the angel that it was ok with her because it was going to be from God. Do you also remember that she did get married and she and her husband Joseph had to travel all the way to Bethlehem because the Roman Caesar wanted to count everyone? And then there was no room at the inn and they had to sleep in the stable? And then angels appeared to some shepards to tell them that a wonderful thing was about to happen? Do you remember what the angel said?

“But the angel said to them, do not be afraid, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.”

The angels were talking about Jesus. He was the one that God promised to Adam and Eve that would clean up the mess that they had made. Jesus came to clean us and take away all of our sins by dying on the cross for us.

Jesus is the Best Christmas Present Ever.

Stanley: Wow Grampa! That’s really cool. I never thought of it that way before.

Susie: That’s right Stanley and now because we have asked Jesus into our hearts as our Lord and Saviour, we can go to heaven when we die and live for Him while we are alive.

Stanley: And we can pray to Him when we feel lonely or scared or for just any old reason.

Grampa: That’s right kids. I think that you understand really well. Oops, the timer just went off. Who wants some of my fresh hot world famous oatmeal raisin cookies???

Stanley: Grampa, do you think that it would be a good idea to tell our friends about Jesus being the best Christmas present ever? I was thinking about telling my friend Whitney and maybe Johnnie.

Grampa: I think that would be the best idea that anyone could ever have.

Susie: That’s right! If we tell other people about it, it would be like giving them the best Christmas present ever and we could give it to everyone we know!! Like I could tell my friend Cherry!

Grampa: That’s right Susie and you too Stanley. Stanley, could you get the milk from the refrigerator? Susie, could you get some small plates. I think that you two will need some milk and cookies before you go & tell all of you friends about Jesus and ask them to accept God’s Best Christmas Present ever.

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