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CHRISTMAS LETTER TO THE SON (Christmas version)
.                           (or see Easter version)
.                          – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC:        Jesus’s birth and work on the cross
SCRIPTURE:    Matthew, Luke 3:23-38, John
Style:        a Christmas program with soliloquy/s
.             scriptures and songs.  A father figure
.             reads a letter which is as
.             if it is written by God to His only Son,
.             while a voice (can be recorded)
.             reads coinciding scripture verses.
NOTE:         You can take selections from
.             the recommended songs - to be sung
.             either by soloists, choir or congregation;
.             or choose other applicable songs.
Cast:         FATHER FIGURE, VOICE
Set & Props:  letter

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SCRIPT:

SONG 1   “Angels, from the Realms of Glory”
.        by James Montgomery, Henry T. Smart

(FATHER FIGURE sits down at a desk to [pretend to]
write a letter, speaking as he does.)

FATHER   My dear Son, My one and only Son,
.        I write this letter to You
.        with the deepest love
.        a Father could have.
.        I am so very proud of You,
.        not because of everything You have accomplished,
.        or everything that You will accomplish,
.        but just for being who You are.
.        You were with me
.        from the very beginning –
.        You were with me
.        before time had even begun.

VOICE    “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered,
.        “before Abraham was born, I am!”
.        John 8:58
.                                                       2
FATHER   Together, We spoke the Word, and it was so.
.        Through Our words
.        everything came into being.

VOICE    In the beginning was the Word,
.        and the Word was with God,
.        and the Word was God.
.        He was with God in the beginning.
.        Through Him all things were made;
.        without Him nothing was made that has been made.
.        John 1:1-3

FATHER   In order to share of Ourselves,
.        with a motive of Our pure love,
.        We created the universe together,
.        and everything in it.

VOICE    For by Him all things were created:
.        things in heaven and on earth,
.        visible and invisible,
.        whether thrones or powers
.        or rulers or authorities;
.        all things were created by Him and for Him.
.        Colossians 1:16

FATHER   With the purpose of love, We created mankind,
.        even though We knew they would reject Us,
.        and bring sin into world.
.        Sin that would bring darkness to the world...
.        a spiritual death to all people.
.        Sin that would put a separation
.        between them and Us.
.        But still, Our love for them
.        is as powerful and eternal as We are.

SONG 2   “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus”
.        by Charles Wesley, Rowland H.Prichard,
.        Robert Harkness

FATHER   My dear Son, My one and only Son,
.        We let the people know
.        that one day You would come down
.        to be a light to that world of darkness.
.        We sent the people Our Word – messages -
.        to be written down for the people,
.        to let them know of Our love,
.        and that – soon –
.        You would come to earth to save them.

VOICE    “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,                3
.        though you are small
.        among the clans of Judah,
.        out of you will come for Me One
.        who will be Ruler over Israel,
.        whose origins are from of old,
.        from ancient times.”  Micah 5:2

FATHER   We sent prophets to bring the good news
.        that one day You would arrive,
.        as the rightful King, a perfect sacrifice,
.        to save the world
.        from the sin that they had brought in.

VOICE    “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  
.        Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!
.        See, your King comes to you,
.        righteous and having salvation,
.        gentle and riding on a donkey,
.        on a colt, the foal of a donkey.”
.        Zechariah 9:9

FATHER   You, my Son, will be born in Bethlehem.
.        This will be one of the signs
.        that the prophecies are being fulfilled.
.        A sign to all people –
.        that We will carry out everything
.        that We have promised to them.

SONG 3   “Joy to the World!” (vs.1-2)
.        by Isaac Watts, George Frederick Handel,
.        Lowell Mason, Tom Fettke

FATHER   My one and only Son,
.        My dear, precious Son,
.        now is the time that You must go –
.        as a Light to those
.        living in the world of darkness.
.        It is time to sacrifice
.        all the comforts of paradise
.        and leave Your heavenly throne.

VOICE    But when the time had fully come,
.        God sent His Son, born of a woman,
.        born under law...  Galatians 4:4

FATHER   You will still be fully God,
.        but you will also become fully man,
.        with earthly limitations.

VOICE    The Word became flesh                       4
.        and made His dwelling among us.
.        We have seen His glory,
.        the glory of the One and Only,
.        who came from the Father,
.        full of grace and truth.  John 1:14

FATHER   My precious Son, in obedience
.        You chose to be the ultimate sacrifice,
.        to come down to earth
.        as humble as a servant.
.        You chose to leave all majesty
.        and be a Servant to all mankind.

VOICE    Who, being in very nature God,
.        did not consider equality with God
.        something to be grasped,
.        but made Himself nothing,
.        taking the very nature of a servant,
.        being made in human likeness.  
.        Philippians 2:6-7

FATHER   And not only that of a servant,
.        You chose to become something
.        which would be despised,
.        and further rejected.

VOICE    He grew up before him
.        like a tender shoot,
.        and like a root out of dry ground.  
.        He had no beauty or majesty
.        to attract us to Him,
.        nothing in His appearance
.        that we should desire Him.  
.        He was despised and rejected by men,
.        a Man of sorrows,
.        and familiar with suffering.
.        Like one from whom men hide their faces
.        He was despised,
.        and we esteemed Him not.
.        Isaiah 53:2-3

FATHER   And still You will remain obedient,
.        and will reach out
.        to the people on My behalf.
.        You will be going to them
.        to represent Me in the flesh;
.        so that they will have the opportunity
.        to observe a living example.

VOICE    Jesus said to them,                            5
.        “If God were your Father,
.        you would love Me,
.        for I came from God and now am here.
.        I have not come on My own;
.        but He sent me.”  John 8:42

FATHER   And still You will remain obedient
.        to My will, even unto death.
.        Even knowing that in death,
.        while taking on all the sins of all mankind,
.        I will have to turn away from You.
.        I will have to leave You there – all alone.
.        But this is the only way they can be saved.
.        I love them so much, I am willing to send You
.        to do this very thing –
.        to be the perfect sacrifice -
.        to die for them in their place,
.        and pay for their sins.
.        Turning away from You as You do this very thing
.        is what will bring Me the greatest pain.
.        This will be Your greatest suffering.
.        But I love them - so very much.

VOICE    And we have seen and testify
.        that the Father has sent His Son
.        to be the Savior of the world.  1 John 4:14
.        “For I have come down from heaven
.        not to do My will
.        but to do the will of Him who sent Me.
.        John 6:38

FATHER   To carry out My will, so that all people
.        would have the opportunity to put sin away
.        and come to Me.  With the purpose of love,
.        We created the universe –
.        only to be rejected by those We created.
.        With the purpose of love,
.        You will come down to earth to save –
.        knowing You will be rejected again.
.        But Our purpose is to be carried out.
.        It is time.  It is time for You to go.

SOUND    BABY’S CRY

SONG 4   “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”
.        by Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn,
.        William H. Cummings


PASTOR’S GOSPEL MESSAGE                                 6
.        The Christmas salvation message


SONG 5   “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light”
.        by Johann Rist, John Troutbeck,
.        Joseph Barlowe, Johann Schop, J.S. Bach

FATHER   My Son, My one and only Son,
.        how dear and precious You are.
.        You have gone to a world of darkness,
.        to be a light to all people.

VOICE    “I have come into the world as a light,
.        so that no one who believes in Me
.        should stay in darkness.”  John 12:46

FATHER   You will bring the light of life
.        to a world of darkness, a world devoid of hope.
.        To a sinful world, You will become salvation,
.        so that by believing they can be forgiven
.        and live with Us for all eternity.

(FATHER exits.)

VOICE    When Jesus spoke again to the people,
.        He said, “I am the light of the world.
.        Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness,
.        but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

(FATHER’S VOICE is heard while a BOY comes out
to light big candle.)

FATHER   (recorded voice or from offstage)
.        Because You are obedient to My will,
.        My dear and precious Son,
.        You came to earth as a baby.
.        To a world of sin,
.          You are willing to die for all mankind.
.        To a world of hopelessness,
.          You are willing to provide salvation.
.        To a world of darkness,
.          You are willing to be the Light.

(PASTOR and/or ELDERS start passing the candlelight.)

SONG 6   “Silent Night!  Holy Night!”
.        by Joseph Mohr, John F. Young, Franz Gruber