The other night, after buying my FIRST Christmas gifts, I went into hiding to wrap some of my children's presents. I wanted them to have a few things under the tree. Two hours later I emerge triumphantly. My family looks at me in unbelief. Why? Because I only had six presents wrapped.
And I thought I did well!
Well, the greatest Gift ever given was wrapped also.
God sent the Gift special delivery.
I shouldn't feel bad, because God took His time wrapping the Perfect Gift.
He took 9 months.
He wrapped the Perfect Gift in humanity.
As usual, we tossed the wrapping aside - wadded it up and threw it away~ tortured Him and crucified Him.
Little did we know we threw the Gift away with the wrapping.
But God, took the wrapping and the Gift, and re-wrapped our Gift in His original state with Power and Glory~ enabling us to have eternal life!
So, as you are wrapping your gifts (if you are late like me) 0r- as you are un-wrapping your gifts, I hope you think about the greatest gift of all - Jesus Christ!
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 6Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, 7but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
"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."
Merry Christmas! May you "un-wrap" the Greatest Gift this Christmas! And may you find the love and forgiveness He so much wants to lavish upon you!