December is just around the corner, prompting us to reflect on the meaning of Christmas. What is the greatest gift God could give you this year?
What do you think is God’s greatest gift to you and your family this Christmas?
Is it to finally have your freedom restored after being shut down during Covid? Have you received a new child in your family circle? Has your job been restored, and you are now back on full pay? Are you finally able to get married?
Perhaps your holidays beckon and you will be able to go away to have a good break. Or if you have been unable to fly back from overseas, you have now been able to come home to your friends and family.
Maybe you have been sick with Covid or some other terrible sickness, and God has graciously restored you to full health.
Christmas is All About Christ
These are all good reasons to celebrate your good fortune this Christmas. But is this God’s greatest gift God could give you at Christmas?
I hardly think so, because each one of us may enjoy one or more of these benefits, but they are never universal. And they are never forever benefits.
Christmas, by virtue of its title, is about Christ. God’s greatest gift is Jesus Christ — God’s Son sent into the world at Christmas. His names reveal it all.
Jesus Christ is called “Immanuel” which means God with us (Matthew 1:23). His name is “Jesus,” a name that means “He will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21).
Just think about it: everything that God is from eternity has now been revealed to us in the birth of the God-man, Jesus Christ.
He is the Creator of absolutely everything that exists: time, earth, space, molecules, atoms, people, fish, insects, birds, storms, floods. Without Jesus, nothing made would have been made without his will or direct action.
Restored to Relationship
Jesus was born into this world to save all who would come to Him from the wrath of God — for all the evil, wickedness, cruelty, death and destruction taking place every day in our world.
Where do you fit in with God’s plan?
Jesus came to restore your relationship in a one-on-one basis with Almighty God. We know this because God has said so though His Son, Jesus Christ.
The key to knowing God personally is Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As John 3:16-17 says,
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
As Christmas approaches, are you personally ready and willing to receive God’s greatest gift?
Wishing you God’s deepest blessing this Christmas.
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