Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Gifts

Christmas is over. The presents have been opened and the wrapping paper thrown away. Already most of us have forgotten some of our gifts and who gave them. At our house the “biggest” gift was our new grandson, Simeon, who was then just six weeks old. Of course, everyone wanted to hold him, to touch his oh-so-soft skin. We all exclaimed over a smile, and the trusting eyes looking at everything, taking it all in. A new baby is indeed a precious gift, so beautiful, so tiny, and so totally helpless and dependant on us for everything.

Don’t we all receive the gift of the newborn at Christmas, the gift of the Christ child? He must have been just as precious, just as beautiful, just as tiny, just as helpless. But this baby is the one of whom John wrote, “In the beginning was the Word, and the word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made” (John 1:1-3 NKJ). Our God, who made the moon and the stars, who made the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, all the animals on the earth, and yes, who made us, willingly left his throne of glory to come to earth as a tiny, helpless baby. Let us not forget this most precious Christmas gift.

Lord Jesus, as we contemplate this gift, we humbly honor and praise you. What a dramatic transformation: from omnipotent being, reigning in heaven, to a helpless babe, lying in a manger. May the memory of this sacrifice, this precious gift, remain with us and inspire us to more diligently seek Your face.

Hebrews 1:10 “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.”

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