This morning, I was enjoying the warmth of my fireplace, gazing at my beautiful Christmas tree and reflecting on that “first Christmas”. “For unto us was (past) born that day a Savior which is (present) Christ the Lord”. (Luke 2:11 KJV)
God came to earth as a baby to fulfill the long awaited promise of a Savior. 30+ years after His birth, Jesus willingly laid down His life for us. While I have some great ornaments on my tree, He was the most precious “thing” to ever hang on a tree. His tree wasn’t beautiful & glitzy like mine; but barren and hideous. On that ugly tree of death, the tree or cross of Calvary, the Lamb of God died to take away my sin and your sin. What love!! “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.” (1John 3:16)
That gift of the “first Christmas”, Jesus, continues to be THE gift of every Christmas. It is a gift that keeps on giving, if a person will believe and receive it, because the God of hope then fills us with all joy and peace in believing (Romans 15:13a)…
God knew what we needed more than anything else. In one of the cards I received, Roy Lessin puts it this way: “If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent us an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. If our greatest need had been pleasure, God would have sent us an entertainer. But our greated need was forgiveness, so God sent us a Savior.” Thank you, God!
Take time to adore Him… seek Him… thank Him… and be refreshed as you ponder the true meaning of Christmas. May you see and know anew how great His love is toward you. Merry Christmas everyone!