The Gift of Christmas

On Christmas Eve, even before the clock struck 12 (and even with the kids’ tummies growling, eyelids drooping, and moods turning cranky for waiting long for the time), we opened our Bible and read about the birth of Jesus. For there was a need to remember WHO we were celebrating and WHY. Kids can’t think past the opening of gifts, but there is a need to open the greatest gift to all mankind and to understand that, truly, there is nothing that can surpass it. We all need this gift (for even though most people celebrate this season, not all have fully realized the impact and meaning of it).

“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:10-11)

I want to play and re-play that scene when the angel descended from heaven and greeted the shepherds keeping sheep late at night. Like the shepherds, I wanted to be fully awake to receive the gift of “good tidings and great joy”, to be caught up in that glorious moment when God clothed Himself in human flesh and came to dwell among us. For this Gift is for all people, there is no exception, as long as you prepare your heart to receive it.

On Christmas morning, I meditated on these things: how the Lord has come to bring salvation to a world that was bound for destruction. Because He so loved. Even before I opened my eyes, my mind, heart and soul needed to take hold of the Gift that it’s real and it’s mine forever (for mornings could bring you the blues). I thank the Lord Jesus Christ that He came. Now I can stand up against the enemy’s attempts to scare me. The Gift of God lives in me and I am held.

Because of Him, I have endless mornings. And with each is His compassion that never fails.

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

Have life more abundantly. That is the gift of Christmas. What would you do with lots of wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree if they don’t include the gifts from on high: salvation, love, joy, peace, hope? What is the purpose of Christmas if after the revelry, you are back to your zombie-like living? For the gift of Christmas is one that throbs of authentic life in Christ! A life that doesn’t feed on worldly things but on the Spirit of God! To have power to live an authentic life, a life that follows closely after the Lord’s own heart, is what Christmas brings.

I pray that the world will come to know this truth.

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Comments

  1. Lisa notes says:

    “my mind, heart and soul needed to take hold of the Gift that it’s real and it’s mine forever”
    Beautiful. So thankful for the Gift that keeps on giving and giving.

  2. Julee Ann says:

    This post was just beautiful. Heading over to Healing Moments on FB. Thanks for your thoughts, I’m bookmarking your blog! God bless.

  3. Hazel Moon says:

    Yes, the angel announced the promise has arrived. The savior of the word is born. Such a promise and even though Satan tried many times to destroy Jesus, he did not win. Jesus won the battle for our salvation. Lovely Post even enjoyed the children who could hardly wait to open their gifts. Thank you for sharing with us here at “Tell Me a Story.”

  4. Betty Draper says:

    Great post…great thoughts about the real meaning of Christmas. It’s so hard at times to take the time during a good time to remember Him…Christmas is one of those good times. God times with family, friends, good food, good memories to laugh about …good presents…but you took the time for the best. It’s something your family will remember about you after you have went home to be with Jesus. Remember, when she would not let us open our presents till she told the old sweet story. Appreciation grows for these things as one grow in the Lord.

    • RinaPeru says:

      When you have no other source of strength and joy but the Savior, you always want Him, all of Him, without any trappings. Happy New year!

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