What Do We Do with a Gift Like Christmas? (Matthew 2:10-11; Luke 2)
The night heaven visited the earth, it wasn’t Santa Claus who came to town, it was Jesus Christ. Jesus came 2,000 years ago and the world has never been the same. Don’t make the mistake of enjoying the wrapping of Christmas—activities, time with family, gift exchanges, traditions, enjoy what is behind the wrapping—the gift. Quite simply, Jesus is the gift of Christmas. Emmanuel—God with us! But if Christmas is a gift, how do we celebrate the gift, not just enjoy the wrapping?
What do we do with a gift like Christmas?
1. Receive the Gift
Romans 6:23 tells us that “the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
A gift, however, must be received. If you haven’t made the choice to receive Christ, I’d encourage you to discover how you can.
2. Relish the Gift
Salvation is just the beginning. But sometimes Christians, including we who are in ministry, become so consumed with the functioning aspects of the Christian life or ministry that we fail to personally revel in who Jesus is to us. Hebrews 4:15 encourages, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Make sure you take time this Christmas to get to know Him more. Delight to be in His presence.
3. Reverence the Gift
The wise men displayed their wisdom in several respects, but not the least of these was that they worshipped Jesus: “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).” It’s easy to get so caught up in the rush of Christmas that we miss the wonder of worship. Don’t make the mistake of enjoying the wrapping of Christmas—activities, time with family, gift exchanges, traditions—without enjoying what is behind the wrapping—the gift. Jesus is the gift of Christmas.
Questions to Consider:
· It's easy to get distracted with the decorations, the baking, the shopping, and the parties. But at the end of the day, what matters is if we make room in the Inn (our hearts) for Jesus.
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.