Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:10-11
As you stroll through the department stores looking for that perfect gift to put under your tree, Christmas music fills your ears.
As you drive to and fro, here and there, Christmas lights and decorations beautifully adorn houses that twinkle and sparkle before your eyes.
Christmas cards touch your heart as you read every last word, and the smell of freshly baked Christmas cookies makes it impossible for you to eat only one 🙁
But…what happens if you’re not able to afford presents or even a Christmas tree this year?
What if you’re suffering from an illness or even grieving the loss of a loved one?
What if the only present you receive this year is fruit cake! Is Christmas pointless then…is it completely ruined?
All of these things, the family traditions, the decorations, the music, the cookies, the cards, the tree with the bright gold star on top, and the presents exchanged by loved ones are all symbols of Christmas, but I dare to answer the question asked by Charlie Brown when he said humbly, “What is Christmas really all about?”
“For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16
Jesus Christ is by far the most perfect Christmas gift you will ever receive. His birth is the true meaning of Christmas and what this season is really all about.
Christ was born not by chance, nor by luck, but for the purpose to save the world. Tweet
God loves you so much that He sent His Son Jesus Christ into this world on Christmas day, born of the virgin Mary and wrapped in swaddling clothes, to ultimately die for you.
Christ died for your sins, so you wouldn’t have to.
As a child of God, there are other presents with your name written on them under your Father’s Christmas tree, and the gifts He has for you are more valuable and more precious than anything money could buy.
They do not expire, break, rot, rust, malfunction, need batteries, or ever need to be returned at the store.
God’s gifts rather are indescribable, innumerable, supernatural, and available for you any time of the year.
11 Gifts God Has Given You
1. The gift of a Savior:
“And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” – Matthew 1:21
2. The gift of God’s love:
“I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.” – Jer. 31:3
3. The gift of God’s grace:
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” – Ephesians 2:8-9
4. The gift of God’s peace:
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27
5. The gift of God’s Holy Spirit:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…” – Acts 1:8
6. The gift of a brand new life:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” – 2 Corinthians 5:17
7. The gift of freedom from bondage and sin:
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” – Romans 8:1-2
8. The gift of supernatural strength:
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:13
9. The gift of purpose:
“For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jer. 29:11
10. The gift of prayer/ direct access to God:
“And this is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”1 John 5:14-15
11. The gift of hope:
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
The list of God’s gifts for us, brothers and sisters, can go on and on and are all found in His infallible Word, the Bible.
As His kids, our job is simply to receive and open them.
Although presents, cards, cookies, and caroling are fun and festive to do during the Holidays, we cannot lose sight of the true meaning of Christmas.
We have to be careful of getting so caught up in the material things of this world that we become distracted from the perfect gift this Christmas; the birth of our perfect Savior.
Jesus came into this world, so we can one day be with Him in heaven and He promises to provide for each one of our needs.
The possibilities for our lives, our purpose, and our impact for the Kingdom of God here on earth are endless, brothers and sisters.
Just as God had a plan and purpose for the birth of Jesus, He has a plan and a purpose for you too.
Christmas is a time when we gather around friends and family to celebrate the most perfect gift we have ever received, Jesus Christ.
No matter what we’re given this Christmas, no matter what is taken away, come, let us adore Him.
No matter how we’re feeling or what we’re going through, come let our souls rejoice.
Let us fall humbly on our knees, and give glory to our Lord, our Savior, Christ Jesus our King.
“O holy Child of Bethlehem, descend to us, we pray;
Cast out our sin, and enter in, be born in us today.
We hear the Christmas angels, the great glad tidings tell.
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel.”
Study Verses: Isaiah 9:6, Mark 8:36-37, John 15:13