The True Gift of Christmas
I'm wishing all of you, ladies, a merry merry Christmas! I really had a battle with myself on what to write about this December for you all. Christmas is such a joyous time of the year and as followers of Jesus, it is the perfect time for Christian writers and bloggers to cook up something nice and juicy for fellow brother and sisters to read. But I really had a hard time doing that this year; therefore, I’ve decided to refresh your minds with the simple and over-used reminder that Jesus is the reason for the season.
The decorations. The lights. The buying of presents. The gift wrapping. Santa. The whole shebang consists of things we all look forward to every single year. That is what makes the holiday season so exciting! But we often get so caught up in it that we forget the true reason as to why we are celebrating Christmas in the first place. The purpose of Christmas is solely to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His birth cued a major change and shift in history - the time when God made flesh came upon the earth to save His chosen people. I mean - the world had no idea what it was in for the moment Jesus was born. This was the start of a brand new chapter that would eventually lead to Him dying on the Cross for you.
Take the time now, as you’re reading this, to share your utter thanks and love with Him. Inform Him of just how thankful you are for His first coming and how it impacts you day after day.
We need to remember that it should not take Christmas or a holiday to bring out our joy and excitement for God. I always say that I wish everyone was as happy all year as they are during Christmas. Our appreciation for the birth of Jesus and His physical entrance into the world should be shown every day. Not just during the month of December.
Remember to set your mind this holiday on what is truly important : the birth of Jesus.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)
One of the most popular verses in Scripture, it says so much in a mere two sentences. First, lets reiterate the fact that all authority belongs to Jesus. It says the “government will be on his shoulders,” meaning that He rules all. Yes, we have presidents, kings, and queens, but in the end, Jesus will be and is the ruler of all.
Secondly, Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor. A counselor is someone who advises, guides, and supervises the actions and decisions of a person. Is Jesus this for you? He is the One we shall go to in times of deep and desperate need. He has an open Ear, ready to listen, a Mouth ready to lend advice, and a Hand ready to guide.
Christ is also the Mighty God and Everlasting Father. Yes! That’s right! Jesus is God. Even in the Old Testament, Isaiah prophecies that this child (Jesus) will be born as God in the flesh.
Jesus is also known as the Prince of Peace. Lets admit it - Christ offers a peace that no man, object, or thing can give you. It astounds me because to this day I have never been able to find a peace that can even compare to the peace He can give us.
A recurring theme during the holiday is giving. Jesus is and was a giver. He instructs all of His disciples to give. Jesus said to His disciples “when you give.” (Matt. 6:2) Christian giving is not optional, it is an essential part of our walk with God. He also wants us giving for the right reasons. He urged us to “beware of practicing our righteousness before men to be noticed by them.” Remember, God loves a “cheerful giver.” Think about it - Jesus is the greatest Giver. He gives us so many things a day we don’t even realize. He gives us a home, company, an education, and so many other blessings we can’t count. But the most important thing He has given us is Himself. He gave us direct access to Himself.
Jesus Christ is the greatest Giver AND the greatest gift wrapped up in one.
I just wanted to review that verse so we could all rest in the glorious factuality of Jesus’ Deity and be reminded the importance of giving. He is God and came into this world for the sole purpose of saving us all from our sins so we could know Him personally. Take this time to celebrate the birth of our Savior!