As I lay in bed this morning (mostly avoiding getting out), I thought about Christmas and gifts.
Okay, so curiosity about that small thin box from Dad was about to drive me crazy… like what in the world is that size?! And cool boxes in the mail with coffee and music pretty much make me happy!! 😀 I like gifts… and more than that, I like giving them! The anticipation, the mystery, the fun of finding something that fits the recipient’s personality and interests… Watching their face when they open it and feeling the pleasure.
More than physically wrapped gifts, there are so many other gifts around us. A few of mine: A white Christmas… a family to make Cranberry-Orange coffee cake for… a Dad to wave coffee under my nose when I come staggering into the kitchen with bleary eyes… friends to laugh and cry with… a sister to share sisterly things with (like baking cookies and Christmasy dresses)… brothers to tease… a Mom that I like being with… a job… not having to worry about illness or medical problems…
I like to imagine how God anticipated the giving of the very first Gift of Christmas. The Ultimate Gift. He could’ve “wrapped” it in the form of a magnificent King arriving with triumph. Instead, He chose to send Him packaged in the humility of a tiny newborn baby. And wrapped up in that one little baby boy, He gave us the gift of hope, new life, and redemption of our sins!
“Behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel (which means, God with us).” (Matthew 1:20-23)
Gifts are supposed to be accepted, with joy and gratefulness and pleasure. Imagine how you would feel if someone rejected the gift you had especially picked out for them… instead of receiving it joyfully, what if they would stomp on it and throw it in the trash?
I think God feels that way a lot.
I don’t deserve this gift – there is nothing I can do to ever repay the enormity of it. I love the words of this song, sung by Casting Crowns. We can offer our heart, worship, and complete adoration to Him.
I bring an offering of worship to my King
No one on earth deserves the praises that I sing
Jesus, may you receive the honor that you’re due
O Lord, I bring an offering to you
Thank You God, for the gift of Jesus.