Listen to this devotional:
John 3:16 – 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. (NIV)
Christmas gifts are for many of us the real joy of Christmas. Some folks cannot wait until Christmas morning to open their gifts. Children cannot wait to run down the stairs and see the toys. Even we adults find Christmas presents very exciting. The excitement and anticipation become overwhelming, and we cannot wait any longer. Perhaps the most exciting moment in the life of many families is that moment when everybody comes together to share gifts, one with the other.
Yes, Christmas gifts are exciting — but the joy is only temporary. In too many instances, the newness and excitement wear off very quickly, and we hear the infamous words, "Is that all there is?" Sometimes the joy of Christmas is taken away from us because we do not receive the gift that we anticipated receiving. Too often we build our Christmas joy around Christmas gifts and not the real reason which is stated in our text today.
This Christmas, let us remember that God so loved us that He gave us the most perfect present we could ever receive. There is no gift anywhere in the world that can compare to what God has given us through His Son, Who came and died for our sins. His Son is a gift that will last, not for a moment, but for eternity.
Prayer: O God, grant that each one receiving a gift this Christmas may find Christ and may share in true joy forevermore. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.