(Scripture references from the International Children’s Version) The cake should be round to represent the world. It should be chocolate to show the sins of the world. Romans 3:23 All people have sinned and are not good enough for God’s glory. Genesis 6:5 The Lord saw that the human beings on the earth were very wicked. He also saw that their thoughts were only about evil all the time.
The icing should be white to show Jesus’ purity covering our sins. I John 1:7 God is the light. We should live in the light, too. If we live in the light, we share fellowship with each other. And when we live in the light, the blood of the death of Jesus, God’s Son, is making us clean from every sin. Psalm 51:7 Take away my sin and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
An angel should adorn the cake as the first bearer of the Good News. Luke 2:10-11 The angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, because I am bringing you some good news. It will be a joy to all the people. Today your Savior was born in David’s town. He is Christ the Lord.
Add a star as the bearer of glad tidings. Matthew 12:9b-10 The wise men heard the king and then left. They saw the same star they had seen in the east. It went before them until it stopped about the place where the child was. When the wisemen saw the star, they were filled with joy.
Twelve red candles show Jesus’ blood covering us all the time, twelve months of the year Ephesians 1:7 In Christ we are set free by the blood of his death. And so we have forgiveness of sins because of God’s rich grace.
Evergreens should surround the cake to represent everlasting life. Isaiah 9:6 A child will be born to us. God will give a son to us. He will be responsible for leading the people. His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God, Father Who Lives Forever, Prince of Peace. John 3:36 He who believes the Son has eternal life. But he who does not obey the Son will never have that life, God’s anger stays with him.
Light the candles to show that Jesus is the light of the world. John 8:12 Later, Jesus talked to the people again. He said, “I am the light of the world. The person who follows me will never live in darkness. He will have the light that gives life.” Ephesians 5:8 In the past you were full of light in the Lord. So live like children who belong to the light.
Sing Happy Birthday to Jesus and blow out the candles!