During this time of the year, we experience the joys of seeing both adults and children appreciating what matters most: family, life, and love. The appreciation of these 3 things are demonstrated through gift exchanges. For some, this time of the year is also one of the most depressing, especially if those you desire to share this time with are no longer present in your life due to illness, death or distance. Christmas also is a time of heartache for those who desire to do more but with the obligations of life, they simply cannot financially afford to fulfill their heart’s desire.
Whether the holidays represent good or bad times, it seems as if the story of Christmas and the circumstances of which Jesus was born has become so familiar and traditional, that we sometimes miss its beauty and power. Think about it. The gift was a surprise. We didn’t receive this give because of a holiday or because it was our birthday or some grand celebration. The gift was unexpected until the Lord revealed it and allowed the angels to inform the shepherds in the field about this precious gift that was about to be delivered.
Luke 2:11-14 (NKJV)
For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
The Bible says THIS day (not implying on December 25th, but the actual day Jesus was born) Jesus was born for us. God then presented this gift in the most humbling way. Not in a palace, not in the most expensive clothing – but in a manger. A manger is a box for food or animals. This day should be a day of rejoicing. Not for the gifts but for the fact that God cared so much for us, He was willing to send Himself to redeem us back to Him. If the heavenly host praised God, what about our praise? When we clap our hands in the assembly, is it really a hand praise or are we just clapping our hands?
Grace and mercy gave birth to the truth and life! When we read the scripture closely, we can discover or rediscover the amazing wonder of God’s word made flesh!
John 1:1-4 (NKJV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
Heaven sent us a supernatural gift, greater than any earthly gift. The real message of Christmas is not the gifts we give to each other. Instead, it is a reminder of the gift that God has given to each of us. Oh my God, our Father gave us a gift when we were enemies. Bae baeee, would you give a gift to your enemy? Would you give an invaluable and priceless gift for someone who does not care to love you? God did!
When you are seeking to get a gift for someone, you consider their likes/dislikes and what they need. The gift given tells you something about the giver of the gift – Here it is…FATHER I THANK YOU! God knew the gift we needed and could not afford! Glory to the name of Jesus:
Romans 5:8 (NKJV)
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Even in the midst of your losses, the blessing is about Jesus. As hard as it may seem, even if we lose everything, but still have Jesus, that is enough to start over again.