“For a Child will be born to us, a Son will be given to us…” “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.” “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” (Isaiah 9:6a; John 3:16; James 1:17 NASB)
In a normal year, thoughts of Christmas time often lead to thinking about gifts; both giving and receiving. Of course, the greatest gift of all is Jesus, born as the innocent babe in the manger, the ultimate gift and realization of God’s promise across the ages. However, 2020 has Not been a normal year. Even so, Jesus is still the reason for this season.
The Old Testament provides a foreshadowing from which devoted followers of God for many generations looked forward to their coming messiah. Soon after Jesus’ birth, distinguished foreigners visited, opening their treasures to present gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
A gift is something given freely from one party to another; if the recipient is required to pay, then it is no longer a gift. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and this is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Eph 2:8-10. This incredible gift, though free to us, was paid for by Christ Jesus.
A gift given must be received to fulfill its purpose. Though given, for God’s gift to be meaningful for us, we must receive (or “unwrap”) it.
Daily Battle Order: Take this time to think, “what is Christmas really about?” … Did you earn this gift (if so, then it is a wage and not a true gift)? Have you received this gift? As you unwrap God’s incredible gift, what does this gift mean to you and your family, especially in this unusual year? Wise men traveled from far and went through great efforts, to open their treasures and worship.
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