For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.~John 3:16 (NIV)
For many people Christmas is all about the gifts they will get from loved ones. For other it is the festivities that excite them. Christmas can often become a super busy and intense time of the year, especially in the super charged world we live in today.
Yet what I learned growing up was to be thankful for whatever I received at Christmas. The main focus was always on the greatest gift, Jesus Christ. The real reason for the holiday.
I also learned that sometimes the best gifts come in small packages. Sometimes they don’t look like much, and we might be tempted to discard them. We might fall for the temptation of wanting what others have instead of being thankful for what you have.
Jesus came as a baby and was born in the lowest place to imagine the King of Kings arriving in at birth. Many probably would have looked down on him for that simple fact.
How can this be the King we have been waiting for? Isn’t he a mere Carpenter son, whose parents could not find a place to stay but the lowly manger?
Christmas this year has been a difficult one for many. Yet we can take courage because the first Christmas wasn’t so cheery. A pregnant woman had to make her way to Bethlehem on a donkey. You can imagine the stress then she had to look for a place to rest a little. Yet there was no room, and her little one was on the way.
After the birth of her precious son, yes there was the visit from the shepherds. There was also profound words from Simeon and Anna in the temple. Then came the wise men from the East bearing precious gifts.
Soon after they had to flee and become refugees in Egypt because Herod sought to kill the child who the wise men had come to worship as King.
Christmas season may not always occur when everything is rosy. Yet we must never lose sight of the reason why you celebrate. The most important thing is what you have done with God’s gift to humanity? The Gift of eternal life is still available for all who seek it.
If you are still rejecting the gift, why do you deny it?
It is free to receive. God already paid the price that the baby grew up and sacrificed himself for all humanity.