The Unopened Gift

The Christmas season is arguably the most wonderful time of the year. It is a time when it seems that the entire world is transformed. It is the time of year when families gather together, when mom and dad are busy getting everything ready, and children are extra excited in anticipation of the big morning. The tree is trimmed, the stockings are stuffed and hanging over the mantle. One of the most enjoyable parts of Christmas is the giving and receiving of gifts. Christmas is that time of year when nearly everyone’s thoughts turn to gifts and giving. Ample evidence of the fact is the enormous sum of money spent on Christmas gifts each year. Most people must enjoy giving gifts or they wouldn’t brave the crowds and the traffic, rushing to stand in long lines to buy gifts for one another.

Unfortunately, there are a few department stores that seem to only cater to the wealthy. The gifts they offer for sale are so expensive that the average person cannot purchase them. So the less fortunate families are unable to enjoy the gifts that are only affordable to the middle class of our society. But Christmas is more than food, fun, and gift giving. It is the time when many will stop and reflect upon all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. It is a time when we remember the greatest blessing of all, that God, in the person of Jesus, transcended time and space and came into this world to be our Savior.

Jesus Christ is God’s Gift to the entire world stated in John 3:16. No one, no matter how poor, is excluded. God’s Christmas Gift is unlimited. The Bible says He died for every man, no matter how educated or uneducated, no matter how wealthy or poor, no matter how privileged or underprivileged, no matter how unloved or unwanted. God’s Christmas Gift is unlimited. Several times this Christmas season I have been asked or asked others, “What would you like for Christmas?” or “What can I get you for Christmas?” Many times Christmas gifts are the result of a specific request yet they all have one thing in common, every gift is given with one purpose and one purpose alone, and that is that it will be opened by the one who receives it!

How sad to imagine that after all the sacrifice and expense, some gift will go unclaimed, some package unopened. How sad the giver must feel to think that the gift is not wanted. Yet the greatest gift of all remains unclaimed by millions. Jesus was God’s Christmas Gift to us, and God only gives the best! The Bible says in James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.”  With deep gratitude for this Gift, the apostle wrote, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” II Cor. 9:15.

Jesus Christ was God’s Gift to the entire world. No one, no matter how poor, is excluded. “He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world,” according to 1 John 2:2. And Hebrews 2:9 plainly says “that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” Jesus did not die for the select few, that is not biblical teaching. The Bible says He died for every man, no matter how educated or uneducated, no matter how wealthy or poor, no matter how privileged or underprivileged, no matter how unloved or unwanted. God’s Christmas Gift is unlimited, unsolicited, and unearned and should not go unopened.

God’s Peace!

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