Christmas gifts are part of our celebration of the season. We often wrap packages creatively to add to the festivity. Sometimes, we take the Matryoshka doll approach. We wrap small packages in successively larger boxes. Maybe you wrap a globe to look like a basketball. You camouflage an educational gift to look like a toy.
In 2 Corinthians 9:15, the apostle Paul referred to Jesus as an indescribable gift from God. If you were God, how would you wrap an indescribable gift?
Jesus came wrapped in prophecy. Isaiah 7:14 tells us that Jesus would be born of a virgin. Isaiah 9:6 said that this child would have a significant future. He would come from the family of King David, according to Isaiah 11:1. Micah 5:2 identifies his birthplace, the city of Bethlehem.
God also wrapped Jesus in history. According to Galatians 4:4, Jesus was born at a certain point of history, when everything was ready.
Jesus also came wrapped in mystery. Luke 2:9 explains that Jesus’ birth was accompanied by angelic messengers. Luke 2:14–17 gives more clues about this mystery. This is the incarnation—the glory of God in human form.
Imagine that your parents or spouse or a friend spend all year long looking for the perfect gift for you. They pick out something they know you will love. It is something you will exclaim, “It’s what I always wanted.”
They wrap the gift creatively. It has shiny paper and beautiful bow. It has a tag with your name on it. They place the gift prominently in front of the Christmas tree where you can’t miss it. But rather than open the package and enjoy the gift, you leave it sitting under the tree. You push it to the side. You ignore it.
God has given the best gift of all to you and me. The gift came wrapped in prophecy, history, and mystery. To enjoy the gift, we have to receive it. In John 1:12, we read, “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
God offers each one of us the gift of salvation, the gift of forgiveness. He offers us the gift of becoming part of his family.
This Christmas, let me encourage you to receive his gift. It is as easy as A-B-C.
- Admit you are a sinner.
- Believe the message that Christ died for your sins.
- receive Christ as Savior and Lord.
This is the synopsis of a message shared at the Christmas Eve service on December 24 at First Central Bible Church in Chicopee, MA.