I have always loved Christmas and the festivities of the season. As a child, I could hardly sleep in anticipation of Christmas morning and all the gifts awaiting me under the tree. My parents worked hard to make sure I got what I wanted and threw in some of what I needed. I never knew the joy it brought them to be able to give me such gifts until I had children of my own.
Now as an adult, with kids of my own, I have become the one who loves to give gifts. In the few months leading up to Christmas, I listen for the not so subtle hints my children make about toys they want. As the toy store magazines come in the mail, I’ll hand my girls a marker and tell them to circle everything they have been desiring. Once I have their lists, I drag my husband from one store to another to find our girls exactly what they asked for or need. There’s no greater joy than seeing the excitement on your children’s faces or hearing the squeals as they tear away the wrapping paper from a toy they specifically asked for. Their expression of gratitude that follows is such an overwhelming feeling.
When I think about Christmas and gift giving, I think about God, the ultimate gift giver. The Bible says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son” (John 3:16). What joy must have flooded His heart when He sent His beloved Son to earth to save mankind. He chose the perfect couple, Mary and Joseph, to be his earthly parents. While Jesus’ beginnings were humble, the announcement of his birth was rather grand. In the book of Luke, we read how angels rejoiced as they announced the birth of Christ and shepherds and wise men came and worshipped Him. Even knowing all that Jesus would endure while on earth, God still chose to send the perfect gift. God’s love for mankind was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger that night.
The great thing about the gift God sent is that it’s a one size fits all. This precious gift is for “whosoever will” (John 3:16). You don’t have to break the bank to purchase it. You don’t even have to be on the “nice list” to receive it. God’s gift was given freely for you and for me. Jesus, came to give His life for us. He came to give us hope and a future. Have you accepted God’s gift? If not, He’s waiting…there’s no better time than the present to unwrap the gift of Jesus Christ, our salvation. If you have already accepted Christ, I want to challenge you to draw closer to Him like a child with a brand-new toy that he won’t let leave his sight.
I am so thankful for the gift of Jesus. I love what Paul says in 2 Corinthians 9:15 (TLB), “Thank God for his Son—his Gift too wonderful for words.”