Nowadays, Christmas can seem very disconnected from its roots. The humble beginnings of our Saviour Jesus Christ can all too easily get lost in the manic present-buying, stress-cooking and last-minute-wrapping that we’re all too familiar with. The message is so easily forgotten; but it is one that brings life, joy and freedom, and it’s one that we’re told to share with the world.
And what better time than Christmas to reach out to others with this message of hope, as people the world over come together to celebrate.
That’s why Christian Concern is excited to bring you a collection of videos and podcasts that help to refocus on the true meaning of Christmas.
Whether you are looking for a short video to share with a non-Christian friend, or want a new Christmas devotional for your mornings, these resources get back to the heart of the Christmas message and challenge us once again to look to the God who gave up everything to come down to earth.
Why not give them a watch with friends or family as you prepare for Christmas? Or share them with your non-Christian friends and reach out to them with the message of Jesus Christ?
1. A re-telling of the gospels
YouVersion, the biggest Bible app, has helpfully partnered up with LumoProject.com to bring these beautiful real-life videos of the gospels. These re-enacted versions of scripture help to bring the words of Bible to life and put you right into the Christmas story.
2. “On Earth as in Heaven”
“God walking on earth is more important than man walking on the moon” – or so said Colonel James Irwin, the 8th man on the moon.
This powerful new video from Speak Life explores the cost and the danger of reaching the heavens and putting man on the moon. But ultimately, the cost and the danger of Heaven coming down to Earth was so much greater.
‘On Earth as in Heaven’ [13mins]
3. The evangelical gospel message
For a longer retelling of the Christmas story, especially for those who are more unfamiliar with its true roots and meaning, Canon J John preaches on the true meaning of Christmas at Hillsong, London.
‘Christmas Unwrapped’ [45mins]
4. The Christmas devotional
Glen Scrivener’s series ‘Reading Between the Lines’ is a set of devotionals for every day of the year. However, his first nine are all based around the Christmas story and are well worth watching during Advent. In his last Christmas video, he talks through the themes presented in the visit by the wise men, and asks, what can you give to the person who has everything?
‘Reading Between the Lines: We Three Kings’ [10mins]
5. The Christian Christmas advert
Over the years, Christmas has become a consumer’s dream – or possibly nightmare. This clever and moving video from Co-Mission Churches offers an alternative kind of advert, telling the story of an old, battered teddy bear who longs to be accepted but is too afraid of his flaws being exposed. What happens when he is discovered?
‘Wrapping Paper’ [3mins]
6. The birth of Jesus explained
The Bible Project brings the first two chapters of Luke’s gospel to life in this fun animated telling of the Christmas story.
‘The Birth of Jesus – Gospel of Luke Ch. 1-2’ [5mins]
7. “The Innkeeper”
John Piper reads his poem, ‘The Innkeeper’, which tells the imagined story of the innkeeper who lived the reality of King Herod’s instruction to kill all the baby boys under 2 years of age. Only an encounter with Jesus can bring true healing.
‘The Innkeeper’ [12mins]
9. The Politics of Advent
Please forgive us for sneaking this one into our list – it’s actually a podcast, not a video. But it’s well worth your time.
Join Professor Jonathan Burnside in a series of short talks giving insights from the Bible and from ancient history to show how the nativity story is relevant to politics.
He tells us: “Advent is all about preparing our hearts to receive Jesus Christ as King … and kingship is political.”
Jesus overthrew the political powers of his day, but he did it in a way that nobody was expecting. His story will forever change the way we engage not only in political life, but all areas of life.
i. Government, in the form of Caesar Augustus [12mins]
Professor Burnside explains what it looks like to “give our primary allegiance to heaven, not to Rome”.
ii. Monarchy, in the form of Herod the Great [12mins]
Professor Burnside explores the concept that “the path to greatness is the path to self-denial, servanthood and humility”.
iii. Culture, in the form of the Magi [8mins]
Professor Burnside discusses what it means for these “cultural kings” to bow down before King Jesus.
iv. Religion, in the form of the Priests [10mins]
Professor Burnside investigates how the promise that the government would be on Jesus’ shoulders empowers us in our own political life and has the power to turn all our expectations upside down.
At Christian Concern, we’re so encouraged by the boldness and creativity of so many churches and Christian ministries making the most of Advent and Christmas. Let’s make the most of these resources, and this season, to honour Jesus, the light of the world.