For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
One of the many joys of Christmas is the giving and receiving of gifts. Some believe that this tradition started with a fourth-century Bishop called St Nicholas who would give gifts at this time of the year. To the Christians, however, the tradition of gift giving is associated with the arrival of the Magi who brought gifts to baby Jesus.
Regardless of how the tradition started, one thing is certain people across the world love to receive Christmas gifts. God however, gave the greatest, most valuable Christmas gift ever. It was the gift of love, embodied in the person of His only Son Jesus Christ. Christmas is a celebration of this love, God’s love.
God’s gift was not gift-wrapped and placed under a Christmas tree. Neither did Santa Clause silently drop it down a chimney.
God’s gift arrived as a vulnerable baby, wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, while, from the air, a host of angels announced His arrival. There really was nothing silent about the coming of Jesus, God’s gift to all humankind.
Jesus is a gift that keeps on giving to the person who receives Him. Everyone who accepts this gift receives peace and reconciliation with God through Christ. This gift facilitates friendship with God. The humble arrival of the Son of God on earth brought the gift of righteousness, or right standing with God. We cannot earn that righteousness, we can only receive the righteousness of Jesus by faith 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin,[e] so that we could be made right with God through Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21 NLT
Today, as we celebrate another Christmas, remember that for some, Christmas is the saddest time of the year. I overheard a lady on TV says she has to be drugged to enjoy life. More and more people today do not celebrate Christmas because they say it is a pagan holiday; to others Christmas is a marketing tool, while to many, it is just another day like every other day. Let us however not lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is the commemoration of the arrival of the greatest and most important gift ever given, the gift of God’s love, Jesus Christ.
Prayer: Father today as many rush around to find the perfect Christmas gift, we pause just to say thank you for Your perfect gift Jesus Christ. Amen