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God’s Little Christmas Gift Just What We Needed!

Written by | December, 2010
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One of the time-honored Christmas traditions we love to observe is the custom of exchanging presents. We pay a visit to a local shopping mall (or perhaps surf online) that we might search out and purchase items for sharing with family members. We gift-wrap our presents and tuck them away in a secret location or position them under the Christmas tree until the day arrives for sharing and opening them.

Unfortunately, sometimes it happens that the gifts we give turn out to be unwise choices. The sweater purchased for sister Sarah ends up being a size too large. The gloves wrapped up for Uncle George turn out to be too tight for his bear-sized hands. The electronic toy picked out for little brother Joey turns out to be broken or defective. As a result, often we end up taking the item back to the store for exchange or refund.

We Christians may rejoice today.
When Christ was born to comfort and to save us.
Who thus believes  No longer grieves,
For none are lost who grasp the hope He gave us.
TLH, #107:1

It’s not likely our Christmas shopping skills will ever be honed to perfection. Nor is the day likely to come when merchandise return lines at the store aren’t needed.

Yet isn’t it comforting that the gift our heavenly Father picked out for us at Christmas –Jesus, His holy Son – was a “perfect fit,” exactly what we needed!

…In Small Packages…

We needed this Gift because we all are born with the stain of sin embedded in the fabric of our hearts. On account of those sin-stains we were destined to be cut off from our holy God forever, with no prospect of enjoying a peaceful relationship with Him now or living with Him in the joys of heaven hereafter. However, in the little Lord Jesus we have been provided with the robe of holiness necessary to cover our sin-stains.

How did Jesus accomplish this work of love? He grew from infancy to childhood to adolescence to manhood. All along the pathway of His life He showed perfect love for God and His fellow man. He fulfilled each of the Ten Commandments flawlessly as our Substitute, overcoming every sinister temptation of the devil. Then He suffered the shame and punishment on the accursed cross that we deserved for our failure to keep God’s commandments. Finally, Jesus rose from the grave on Easter morning, proving beyond all doubt that He is the world’s true Messiah and that His heavenly Father accepted His holy life and innocent death as the perfect ransom for the sins of all.

The “package” which arrived for us at that first Christmas was small – God’s Son entering our world as an infant. But just as some of the best presents we receive often come in small packages, so God’s gift to us of the little Lord Jesus is of exceedingly precious value.

Praise God this Yuletide Season for His priceless Gift to you nestled in the hay of Bethlehem’s manger. It’s just the gift each of us needed.

The Festival of the Father

Written by | December, 2010
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He (God) did not give His Son for the purpose of coming to straighten us out.

Of all our customs at Christmas time, gift giving is perhaps the most universal. It may also be the most exciting custom, at least in the minds of children who can’t wait to see what they will get for Christmas. When a gift is received, it’s natural to want to examine it carefully. It is exciting to get something new and to try it out.

However, we don’t want to forget the giver. The gift means so much more when it is given by someone who loves us. While a new shirt or piece of jewelry is nice to receive and a new toy can be fun, the real gift is the love of the person who chose that particular present and paid the price to give it to us.

Isn’t that really what the festival of Christmas is all about? We have received the most incredible gift of all – the eternal, holy Son of God, wrapped in the flesh of a little baby. We rejoice in that gift. He is beautiful and wonderful. We want to examine Him carefully and use Him and find our joy in Him.

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”
1 John 3:1

At the same time we don’t want to forget the Giver. We can often tell a lot about the heart of the giver by looking at the gift. When we really love and care for someone, we as the givers don’t want to get any old piece of junk just to have something to give. Instead, don’t we spend time searching for something that will be meaningful and will last?

Also, the more the person means to us, the more we will be willing to sacrifice to get something really special, because love knows no bounds. The greater the sacrifice, the greater the love of the giver. Read More…

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