Jesus Christ is Coming to Town
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Goal of this Night
The goal of this Edge Night is to help the middle school youth understand the four reasons God became man: to show us the love of the Father, to give us a model of holiness, to unite our human nature with the divine nature and for redemption.
About this night
The topic of this night is the Incarnation. The Incarnation is a fundamental belief for us as Catholic Christians – that God became man to save us from our sins. In John 1:14, we are told, “the word became flesh and dwelt among us.” Since we celebrate God becoming man at Christmas, this night is going to be very Christmas centered. The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives us the four reasons for the Incarnation: 1) To show us the love of the Father, 2) to give us a model of holiness, 3) to unite our human nature with the divine nature and 4) to redeem us from sin.
The night will begin with a game of “Follow the Leader.” The Proclaim will help process the “Follow the Leader” and then share with the youth about the Incarnation. During small groups, the youth will talk about these reasons for the Incarnation and discuss God’s great love and mercy in sending His Son to become man. Then they can play a “Top 10” trivia game, and make Christmas cards to show love to someone they look up to. Finally, they will be challenged to apply this to their lives and live out what they learned.
For the closing prayer, you will want either a large wreath or use pine needles that can be placed in a large circle around the room, but made to look like a wreath. You will also need one candle per youth during the closing prayer.
Tonight at Edge we discussed the Incarnation. Our goal was to help the youth understand God taking flesh as far more than just baby Jesus in a manger, but a life-altering revelation of God’s love “in the flesh.” We focused more on the “why” of the Incarnation than the how. As outlined in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, there are principally four reasons that God took flesh. Jesus became man so that we could know the true definition of love and how we should respond to that love. The Incarnation of Jesus was also to redeem us from our sins – we cannot forgive our own sins. Thirdly, Jesus is the perfect example of holiness – we can never falter if we follow Jesus’ example of true holiness. And lastly, the Incarnation allows us to partake in God’s divine nature – and to experience the true joy of His kingdom. The better our youth understand the purpose(s) of Christ’s Incarnation, the more they will appreciate the significance of both Christmas, Easter and, even, Ordinary Time!
Here are a couple of questions you might want to ask during the ride home from Edge or in the coming week:
- What are some ways that Jesus is a model for us through His actions and/or ways that He taught and preached?
- Why was it important for God to become man – Jesus’ Incarnation?
- Tell me about your Top 10 List and how can I support you in completing your list?
Since this night is about the Incarnation, the environment is Christmas-themed. If you can, have a Christmas tree with four presents under it that represent the four reasons for the Incarnation. Use any other Christmas decorations that you have available and be sure to place a nativity scene front and center in the room.
• Christmas decorations
• 4 boxes and wrapping paper
• Handout: “Top 10 Ways to Show God’s Love”
• Large Wreath or decorative pine that can be made to look like a wreath
• One large white candle
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