Christmas is Coming – the best Christmas gift
This past week, we cooked our Thanksgiving feasts and chugged up and over holiday hill. This is when our to-do list seems too long and the days too short. The quest begins for the best Christmas gift for those on our list.
If we aren’t careful, heavenly peace can become fretfully chaotic with thoughts like:
How many more shopping days?
When do I need to mail my gifts to arrive on time?
Where are the Christmas stamps?
Retailers live all year for this season, beginning with Black Friday. They have only days to make their year count. They go all out to draw our attention.
Christmas can have a way of drawing our attention to the reason for the season: Jesus.
God’s best Christmas gift was a baby, sent to live among us. Scripture says He dwelled or tented with us. In a temporary body just like ours, He arrived as a helpless baby.
Why did He come? What’s all the fuss about? What if a baby in a manger is the thing that makes our life count?
As I read about the baby born in Bethlehem
How amazed Mary and Joseph must have been after their long journey to Bethlehem for the census. Only God could have orchestrated the fulfillment of the prophecy.
Yet so many missed it. Who would have expected the Messiah to come in this way? Not much fanfare. He wasn’t born in a palace or royal halls. And a baby isn’t very fierce.
But the few we read about in scripture who did notice: the magi, shepherds, Anna, and Simeon, saw the signs and heard the proclamations clearly.
Follow the star.
A child in a manger.
Go and tell others what you have seen and heard.
They pondered too.
How amazed are we as we ponder His coming to us?
Christmas is a time to celebrate Jesus because He is the best gift.
We love the traditions that surround the holiday, but try not to get caught up in the excesses. Instead, we seek simple reminders of the Light of the World who came into our darkness.
It begs our attention. We don’t want to miss it.
We celebrate every December but, do we know Him personally? He came as a baby to live like us, and show us the way. And He gives birth to the Spirit within us when we see Him for who He is.
The Savior of the world.
Time has passed, but the miracle remains.
Jesus came. The best Christmas gift. For you. For me.
And He tells us to go and tell all that He has done for us.
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