“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Matthew 1:21, King James Version
In these last hectic hours before the big day, we may find ourselves caught up in the idea of what WE consider to be the perfect Christmas gift. Sometimes we demand that gift of others, try to guilt-trip them into giving us a particular item. The fact that a gift comes from the giver’s heart gets lost in the expectation of some special thing that we think will be best. Whether the gift comes from a particular store or in a certain color or with especially designed bling, we want THAT and we want it NOW and we’ll display our displeasure in some particularly horrid way if we don’t get it.
We are so fortunate that God didn’t operate that way for the first Christmas. The people were caught up in expecting a warrior king, someone who would put those awful Romans down and let Israel be an independent nation again. They wanted a fighter, a general, someone to lead them to victory.
Instead, they got a baby. An innocent, helpless baby sleeping in a feed trough with a court of shepherds and angels and livestock was the Gift. His birth became an excuse for a mad despot to murder Jewish babies. Rather than a victorious general, God’s people got a bloodbath.
But they got something more. They got exactly what they- and we- needed – a Savior; a child, who grew into the Man of Sorrows and went on to lead a movement more powerful than any army, more inclusive than any politically correct legislation. He came to bear our sins and offer us eternal life, every single one of us who would accept his offer. He is equal opportunity, non-discriminatory and completely forgiving of past mistakes.
This Christmas, take your eyes off of what you want long enough to look at what you need. God has already given the Gift. Receive His Son and the promise He brings.
May your Christmas be blessed!
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