Have you ever given a present to someone and it was just what they wanted? Can you remember how much joy it brought you to be able to give the gift to that special person?
This time of year most shoppers are seeking out the perfect gift in the stores or on the Internet. All of us are hoping the gift we choose is going to bring a smile to the face of the receiver. Our goal is to get just the thing they were hoping for. But is there really such a thing as the perfect gift?
If you stop to think about it, the things we honestly want can’t be purchased from a store or an online retailer. Many of us would chose peace, happiness, good health and any other missing component in our life that money can’t buy.
The one gift, given to us over 2,000 years ago is the only gift able to provide all the missing elements we will ever need. It’s free to anyone who will receive it and it’s guaranteed to not only give happiness but everlasting life!
If it sounds to good to be true, let me tell you it is not. His name is Jesus. God’s gift to us. He was born in a lowly stable in Bethlehem to a virgin named Mary and a wood carpenter named Joseph. While the Heavens rejoiced, there was no glorious celebration of the ordained event on earth. Just a radiant lit star beaming down from the dark night sky.
Exchanging gifts is a tradition in our family at Christmas, but the main reason we do it is because it reminds us of the most wonderful gift from God to us — the baby in the manger named Jesus — the Savior of the world who came with a special gift for us, which is everlasting life!
Christmas is a time Christians celebrate the birth of something glorious. The greatest gift to all of us is not found under a tree and is not wrapped in dazzling paper adorned with sparkling ribbon and bows. It is as close as your next prayer. You don’t even have to get on your knees to say it if you speak it from the heart. Say, “Jesus I accept the gift. I want you to be in my life. Forgive me of my sins.”
For those of us who know Jesus, the excitement of sharing “this gift” with others brings unsurpassed joy — more than any other gift we could buy or anything we could do for someone else.
Consider Jesus, the true gift of Christmas. It is my hope you accept it and share it with others.