Christmas season is here and all the shopping, gift wrapping and decorating is just about done for the most enthusiastic shoppers. Christmas is a wonderful time of year full of generosity and love. Children are on their best behavior in hopes that Santa will come with much wish for gifts. Here’s a story about one little boy went to a higher authority to get what he wanted.
Late November, 10 year old Matt sat down to write a letter to God about the Christmas presents he wanted. He starts out, “I’ve been really good for six months God and I would like to have..” and he stops writing. After a few moments of thinking about what he wrote, he started to erase the six months.
Matt then wrote down “three months” and stopped again. He thought about what he was writing. He reflected on his behavior in the last three months and then wrote down “three weeks”. He sat there, thinking; not able to write any more. Suddenly, he stood up and walked over to the Nativity Scene on the end table that his mother had put on display.
He reached down and picked up the Mary figurine and walk back to the writing desk. He then sat down and started his letter to God all over again from the beginning. He wrote, “Dear God, if you ever want to see your mother again.”
What the boy wanted for Christmas we don’t know. What God wants to give us for Christmas is something that He offers everyday of our lives. That is His love. He loves the wretched, the sinner, the righteous and unrighteous. God love all the people in this world.
We don’t have to be a “good” person to come to the God the Father. God gave us a gift so long ago because He loves us all. It didn’t come with pretty bows, gift wrapped in a room full of decorations. It came in the form of Jesus Christ, born in a stable full of smelly, stinky animals. His bed was a feeding trough for those animals.
The love of Christ is the most wonderful gift that mankind has ever received. It’s free! Jesus came into this world not to condemn it, but to save it. It was through His crucifixion on Calvary that mankind has the opportunity to come before the throne of God and accept that free gift.
John 3:16-17 (NIV2011) 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. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
This is Christmas season and many people will be running about in shopping malls looking for the perfect gift for their loved ones. God already gave that perfect gift over two thousand years ago. It’s just as beautiful and precious now as it was then. One of my favorite Bible verses is this
John 15:12-14 (NIV2011) 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends.”
That’s exactly what Jesus did for you. He laid down His life for you. The most perfect precious gift that’s given to mankind. You want to know what you can give your loved ones for Christmas this year? How about giving Christ to your family? Give them a real loving relationship with our Lord and Savior. That’s most precious gift that you can share with anyone. Let’s keep “Christ” in Christmas.
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