Merry Blogmas … I pray you are staying warm and enjoying all the sights, sounds, and blessings of this wonderful holiday season. We are heading back PA … we had so much fun in South Carolina! Welcome to my crazy lil RV-World, so glad you stopped in.
Like most children, I thoroughly enjoyed every part of Christmas. With great anticipation, I would snoop under the tree to see what toys and games awaited my eager grasp. So I felt upset, and a tad deflated when I started getting things like shirts, pants, deodorant, and underwear! Grownup gifts were no fun!
Then a few Christmases ago my kids gave me some pink fuzzy socks with bright colored designs. I almost felt young again! The icing on the cake was I got a foot bath too….clean feet & fuzzy socks, made me one happy mama!! As I think back to that memory I really have to chuckle…. Everyone could wear these socks, as I remember the label reassured me: “One size fits all.”
That welcome phrase “one size fits all” reminds me of the best gift of Christmas—the good news that Jesus is for everyone.
The point was proven when the first invitation sent by a choir of angels was to shepherds who were labeled and placed on the bottom rung of the social ladder.
The news was underscored further when the VIPs—the wealthy and powerful Magi—followed the star to come and worship the Christ-child. (We will get more involved with the Magi in tomorrow’s blog post ) … truly fascinating!
Christmas began with a gift, the gift of a Savior wrapped in the body of an infant—the greatest gift the world has ever known. The idea of gift-giving is central to Christmas. True, much has been secularized, and we can be distracted by materialism run rampant.
But we should think of gifts as trinkets that symbolize the greatest gift ever given. And every Christmas, Jesus Christ, the greatest gift-giver, continues to give us gifts. Let’s unwrap five Christmas gifts from Jesus.
1. Ultimate Joy: Jesus said,“So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22).
2. Answered Prayer: “Truly, truly, I say to you, whatever you ask of the Father in my name, he will give it to you. Until now you have asked nothing in my name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full” (John 16:23–24).
3. Father Love: “For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God” (John 16:27).
4. Lasting Peace: “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace” (John 16:33a)
5. An Overcoming Heart: Jesus assures us, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b
Jesus gives us these five, amazing gifts, but the ultimate gift is always Jesus Himself. With Him, you get everything; without Him, you have nothing, no matter what you have.
I challenge you today to take time to unwrap each of these beautiful gifts and never forget that He was the greatest gift we will ever receive!
Be blessed, be bold, and be you!
Thank You, Lord, that no one is unqualified for the gift of Your love. Teach us to rejoice in the fact that Your love was just right for us, and help us to share that love with others.