A key question around Christmas is, “what did you get?” Basically, what goodies did you get for Christmas? It’s about the “stuff”. I don’t have a big problem with that. I enjoy giving and receiving gifts. Who doesn’t, right? For me, seeing my kids, and grandkids open presents is a source of joy. And they enjoy watching my reaction as I open the presents they’ve chosen to give.
But it’s different now than it used to be. Today, we don’t have Christmas, we have the “holiday season.” Christ is replaced with an “X”, as in Xmas. People trample each other rushing into stores to get the “best stuff” and kids get piles of presents, many of which end up broken or stuffed into boxes in the basement.
The reason we celebrate Christmas in the first place is almost completely lost. God entered our world through the birth of His son. He loved us so much that he sent his son Jesus, the creator of the universe, to earth as a baby. The most incredible gift ever given. To show our gratefulness, we remember his birth each year by giving gifts.
This “gift” became one of us. He came to die so that we wouldn’t have to. He died for our sins, past, present and future. He came, not to condemn the world but that the world through him could be saved. If we believe this message and admit that we are sinners, deserving of eternal separation from Him, and then ask Jesus to forgive us and take over our life, we can be assured that heaven awaits. The free gift of “salvation.”
Jesus, the greatest gift ever given. It’s available anytime, not just at Christmas. Have you accepted your gift?