“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights…”
Wrapped in home-made robes with crowns, itchy beards, shepherds crooks, and angel wings, our family stood in the cold, wind, filling our slot in our church’s live Christmas nativity scene on a busy Christmas Eve. No quiet town of Bethlehem surrounded us. Instead we watched long lines of cars driving slowly by, filling the air with exhaust fumes, but the message was the same. God’s gift to the world had come—Jesus Christ was born.
These are the players in God’s grand advent of the coming of His Son into the world, in the form of a helpless baby: Mary and Joseph, poor and obscure, but exceptional in their obedience to their God-given task; angels of annunciation; shepherds guarding their flocks; and wise men from the east, seeking the place where the new King was born. All had need of the gift the baby would bring.
Playing roles in the church tableau over many years gave opportunity for quiet reflection on the true “gift” of Christmas. It is not available in any store, but is free for the taking to all who truly desire to know the King of Kings, the Giver of every good and perfect gift.
God knew what we needed before we were even aware. He provided us the perfect gift, His Son, born as a child, growing up in world of lost and dying people, sinless, yet willing to die for our sins, risen to life that we might be freed from the power of sin and receive the gift of eternal life.
What needs do you face? Whether rich, poor, well-educated, unemployed, suffering, or abundantly blessed, we all have one need in common—salvation from the curse of sin. Paul tells us in Romans that “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.” But we are also told that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” The gift of God is “eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
Knowing the story of Christmas, acting it out, singing the songs, even knowing the scriptures can’t save us.
A gift is only of benefit when accepted by the intended receiver. So it is with God’s gift of Jesus Christ. If we never take the time to accept Him as our Savior and Lord, we don’t possess the gift.
This year, concentrate on God's perfect gift. You need nothing else.
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