Isaiah 6:9 – For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder and His name will be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (KJV)
Our youngest child, who is 5 years old, has said for the last week, "I wonder what I'm getting for Christmas?" My reply is "I wonder too!". As she spoke those words, I thought, every child across the world is asking the same question. And probably just as many parents had the same response. Christmas is unfortunately a time of stress instead of a time of joy. Because we feel the pressure of "What should I get for my family or friends? Should I buy for everybody or just those close to me?" Or "How much should I spend this year? or "Will they like it?"
I thank God that the gift he gave thousands of years ago was and still is without cost. He gave His Son because of the great love he has for us. We all are familiar with John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on him shall not perish but have everlasting life." His gift-giving technique outshines all the others. All God asks in return is that we obey and believe in his only begotten Son.
Jesus so graciously gave his life for us. He took the whole world's sin upon his shoulder. He is wonderful; he has been a counsellor to me in times of need. There is a saying "He is a lawyer in a court room and a doctor in a sick room." Well, Jesus has been all those things and more to me. He is everything we need. His gift is continuous; not just in December. He has been peace in the midst of a storm; he is mighty. Why am I saying all this? When we receive gifts from family or friends, those gifts are temporary; the gift of Jesus Christ lasts a lifetime. And it all started when God the Father gave his Son. Merry Christmas!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, We thank you for your wonderful gift of Jesus. We ask that you would bless each of us during this special time, and that we would remember the true meaning of Christmas. In Jesus' name. Amen.