Greetings! The big day is almost here. Are you ready? I trust you’re feverishly ‘wrapping up’ your final preparations (pardon the pun, I couldn’t help myself) in anticipation of your Christmas celebration.
I was trying to think back to when I was a kid and what present stuck out in my mind that I was excited about receiving. The main present I can remember was a pottery craft set including a wheel. I’m sure I had fun with it and do really still like things made of pottery.
No huge impression seemed to be made in my mind though concerning this gift that probably my parents put some thought into. Much the same way my kids would think about most of the gifts given to them during their childhood, I suspect. Was thought put into their gifts? Of course. Were they life altering? Not so much.
There is an incredible gift, and it’s the greatest gift, that very sadly gets lost among all the hustle and bustle of the gift-giving season. This gift is life altering, unlike so many others we receive, like toe socks.
God’s son, Jesus, came to earth so long ago as a gift to us. Jesus came as a baby as the Bible states in Matthew 1 verse 21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”
It’s so easy to lose sight of the significance of what all this “festivity” really means. We celebrate Christmas because Jesus was born to save us from our sins. He did this by dying on the cross for us and then rising from the grave three days later.
The life altering part is when we accept what He did for us as payment for our sins, confess our sins, and believe in our heart that He rose again, and our eternal destination then becomes Heaven. What a wonderful gift God has provided us if only we will accept it.
I pray that this all rings a bell with you and you will strive to make this your focus this Christmas season. If you haven’t received this “best gift ever,” I pray you will soon. Feel free to contact me if you would like.
Until next time, God Bless