In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. (Hebrews 1:1-3)
That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched--this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. (John 1:1-2)
We've all had the dilemma of buying a gift for someone who seemingly has everything. One of my older sons is very particular about his clothing style which I, of course, can never figure out. Each year for Christmas, I ask him what he would like to which he rarely responds with helpful ideas for a quick, easy purchase. I usually take the easy way out and simply give him money so that he can choose what he wants.
We receive the best gift at Christmas: God's Son came to us as a babe--a human child. He would grow up to be a man who endured the cross so that you and I might have eternal life. This little baby wrapped in rags and lying in a manger was God who took on flesh and dwelt among us. Why? Why would God send this gift to us on that first Christmas night? And why would he do this for you and me?
We are rebellious and ignore God, and we often have attitudes that don't reflect God's will for us. We deserve to be punished, not rewarded! Yet, God did not send His Son to earth to punish us for our sins. He came to earth to purify us so that we can stand before Him and His Father clean, with our stains removed. Jesus Christ "provided purification for sins" (Hebrews 1:3).
God realized that something was missing on earth, and He knew the perfect gift to give us. John tells us that "that which was from the beginning" and the "Word of life" describe the gift that came to us in the form of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
We are rebellious and ignore God's will. By nature, we are sinful beings. Yet, we have been given the gift of grace. Jesus, the babe in the manger, is an indescribable gift presented to us by God out of His love and mercy so that we might have life and live it abundantly.
Prayer: Dear Father,
Because of your gift at Christmas, I stand before you purified from sin. Thank you for the amazing love you have shown to me! Thank you for your indescribable gift. Keep me always close to you that I might glorify you in my thoughts, words and deeds. In Jesus' Name. Amen