Christmas is my favorite time of year. It is a time of love, joy, giving, and most importantly miracles. The lights, the tinsel, and the bows are nice, but the most important part of it all is Jesus. During this Christmas season, please remember Jesus.
Often times we get so caught up in buying gifts, getting discounts, and saving money that we miss the mark. We forget to show the cashiers in the stores patience when the lines are backed up. We trample over people for discounts on Black Friday, less than 24 hours after giving God thanks for all of His blessings.
Christmas is about Christ, the ultimate gift. It is about celebrating God’s love for us by giving us the gift of Jesus. Matthew 1:21-23 says, “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23 “The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).”
Often times we forget that the gifts that we are giving symbolize more than just a gift. According to Matthew 2:11 the wisemen took Jesus gifts at the time of His birth. It says,”On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” They used gifts as a way to show love and adoration for Him. The gold was given to Him to symbolize Him as a king while the frankincense was a sign that He would be worshipped. The myrrh was given because He would suffer and die. What do the gifts that you give represent? What meaning do they have? When giving gifts, you do it not because you expect something in return but because you are grateful for the role a particular person has played in your life. The wisemen gave Jesus wonderful gifts, but who knew He would give one even better? He gave His precious life to forgive us from all sins.
Imagine not having a Savior to celebrate? Personally, I do not think that I can imagine that. During this Christmas season be sure to remember Christ, God’s gift to us. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!