“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16 NLT
I love when the UPS or Fed EX trucks pulls up to my house, especially when that package turns out to be a gift. A gift means someone was thinking about me, and they cared enough to send me a gift. Because my birthday is two days before Christmas, one of my sisters sends me my birthday present in August. I love opening the gift in August, because it means she loves me and was thinking about me, not only in December, but in August too.
At Christmas we are reminded that God was and is thinking about us. God delivered His gift of love not by Fed Ex or UPS, but by special delivery, through a young virgin woman, named Mary and the Holy Spirit. God’s gift to all of us at Christmas is the baby born in Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, who is God Himself. In addition, God gives us the gift of Himself all year through the Presence of the Holy Spirit who lives in us.
God was thinking about us not only at Christmas, but also when Jesus chose to die on the cross for you and me, so that we could be forgiven and so that the gift of salvation could also be ours. Along with the gift of Jesus Christ, we receive the gift of hope, the gift of peace with God, and the gift of love, which God has shed abroad in our hearts through the Holy Spirit.
I hope you have unwrapped and responded to this special gift from God, our Father, who loves us, by opening your heart and life to Jesus and by surrendering your life to Him through faith. It’s certainly the best gift we will ever receive!
At Christmas, God truly sent us a gift with our name on it, for God was thinking about us on that first Christmas! So let’s turn our thoughts toward God this Advent Season. Join us in worship on Sunday mornings at 10:00 A.M. beginning November 27, as we explore what it means that Jesus was “Sent.” What does it mean for Christ to be sent by God into our lives? What does it mean to be sent by God into the world as the hands and feet of Christ, all year long?
May Grace, Peace, and Joy fill your lives this Christmas!