The Gift of Himself
I read about one boy named Alfred who “wrote a letter to Santa which read, “Dear Santa, you did not bring me anything good last year. You did not bring me anything good the year before that. This is your last chance. Signed, Alfred.””
Of course, us humans receiving material gifts is not the purpose of Christmas. Modern thinking tends to focus on gifts to the neglect of the reason for Christmas to begin with.
As the Christmas day approaches news reports always come in about record sales or low sales at the stores. As soon as Black Friday hit, we heard of the large number of retail sales. Online sales soared again on Cyber Monday. Business owners perhaps are thinking “this is the best Christmas ever!”
When everything is said and done – the first Christmas is the best Christmas. It was on that day, that Jesus inserted Himself into this human experience, took on flesh, and began His mission to seek and save the lost. He gave Himself to us as a gift.
With all the busyness of the season, please do not forget the reason for this season. God’s love. His Gift. God’s Son. His Sacrifice. Our Sins. His Forgiveness. Thank the Lord Jesus came to earth for us. Thank God for the gift of His Son and the Salvation He purchased at the cross.
Philippians 2:5-8 is a good Christmas reminder: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.