It’s All About the Presents!
If we are honest, we’d have to admit that we enjoy getting gifts at Christmastime. It might not be like it was when we were kids, but there’s still something special when you read your name on a beautifully-wrapped box under the tree. I’d like to take a look at Christmas (literally Christ-mass or the worship of the Messiah) by focusing on what we are usually told not to focus on: the presents!
The Present Too Wonderful for Words
2 Corinthians 9:15 says that God’s gracious gift is ‘unspeakable.’ That means it is indescribable, it is too wonderful for words. Christmas is a celebration of the greatest gift ever given: Jesus Christ. We often talk about things that God has given: Heaven, eternal life, etc., but the greatest is His Son. This gift was apractical gift: it was exactly what we needed. Because of our sin, we needed a Savior and Jesus was that need-meeter (Matthew 1:21). Not only was this present practical, it waspersonal. Great gifts are focused on the person receiving them. I always want my gifts to mean something, so I don’t buy gifts that are ‘standard issue.’ Isn’t it wonderful that God’s gift to you is as personal to you as it is universal for the whole world. God thought of you. He thought of me. What’s more, the indescribable gift was permanent. There was no disputing the telescoping effects of the purposes behind this particular birth. I have bought many gifts that were broken before the 26th of December, but this gift is eternal and everlasting!
Stay tuned for the next in the series about presents / gifts…