Sunday, December 25, 2011

Celebrating the Ultimate Gift

Shopping, wrapping, baking, decorating, getting together with friends, fellowshipping with family—what a busy time this is! And today is the day to celebrate. Yet amongst all the busyness, it is easy to forget what we truly are celebrating for.

For unto you is born this day
in the city of
David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord

Under the trees, various sized boxes wrapped with pretty paper and fancy bows sit awaiting to be opened. Yet nothing compares to the gift our Lord and Savior has given us.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.

Though the gifts wrapped in paper with smiling snowmen and ice skating penguins might be appealing to the eye, our True Gift was instead wrapped in swaddling clothes and given to us out of Ultimate Love. Such love that our very Lord humbled Himself to that of a human babe all for us.

And suddenly there was with the angel
a multitude of the heavenly host praising God,
and saying, Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace, good will toward men.

It is not the earthly gifts, baked goodies, decorated trees, or even family we are celebrating this time of year. It is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Ultimate Gift He has given us. His love for us is abundant, infinite! He deserves our celebration.

Glory to God in the highest!

Nativity Scene

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