The Best Gift for Christmas
Christmas is the best time of the year and there’s no doubt about it. It’s filled with joy, laughter, carols, holidays, festivity, decoration, celebration and warmth. Many are doing their last minute shopping before Christmas, buying gifts and presents. In the midst of all the celebration the one person most people forget is Jesus Christ.
Is there a room for Jesus this Christmas in your house, in your life and in your heart? While you remember to buy gifts for everyone, do you know that the only gift that brings life is Jesus Christ? When we think of gifts for others we think about what they will need and bring them joy. God, The Father, has given us the most beautiful gift on Christmas, His only begotten son, who being God became a baby, born on Christmas day.
A gift is not yours unless you accept it. Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour? If not, the best gift you can accept this Christmas is your salvation. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16 NIV).
There were three wise men, that came seeking for Jesus and they found Him in a manger. They brought gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh for Him, for they knew He was the King of kings and Lord of Glory. Gold was given to baby Jesus for He is the King who is meant to wear a gold crown, but instead he wore a crown of thorns. When you come to worship Jesus what do you bring as an offering to Him? The best you can give, your gold, or you bring some loose coins that you want to get rid of, as your offerings?
Frankincense and myrrh are aromatic resins. Frankincense is primarily used as incense for worshipping God. The three wise men came seeking to worship Jesus. Do you seek after God’s will and worship Him every day? Is your life an offering to God as incense? May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice (Psalms 141:2 NIV).
Myrrh symbolises bitterness, suffering and burial. Jesus was born to suffer and die so that we could live for eternity with Him. When Jesus was on the cross and was thirsty, the soldiers offered Him a bitter drink called gall, which was wine mixed with myrrh. When Jesus was buried in the tomb, they wound His body with linen filled with a mixture of myrrh and aloes.
You were bought with a great sacrifice. Is your life a true witness to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? Is your life a living testimony to others? The true joy of Christmas is experienced only when Jesus is the Lord of your life, when you seek out to worship Him and when your life radiates God’s love to others. Are you celebrating your Christmas with Jesus or without Him?
Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.(Songwriters: KORBEL, PETER / WATTS, ISSAC N)