The Best Gift of Christmas
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6 (NIV)
I sent my son Jesus to earth as a gift to humanity.
What’s that mean? Why was Jesus a gift?
You see sin and evil are part of life on earth. Everyone sins. Evil abounds. It is sin and evil that separate me from people. Jesus came to earth to break that barrier.
Christmas is the day we celebrate his first day on earth. As you prepare for Christmas, I want you to keep in the forefront of your mind my undying love for you and your family, friends, and neighbors, and the people you pass every day.
It is this love that sent Jesus to earth to be born in a stable in a small town in Israel. It is this love that I want you to think about, share, and celebrate as you prepare for Christmas.
My love for you is deep and intense. You are my creation and I want nothing more than to be in communion with you. I want you to be able to call on me at all times with your hopes, fears, and pain. This Christmas, celebrate with all you have. Love the people you know. Share what you have with your friends and family and those who have nothing.
And more than anything … remember that your greatest gift isn’t under the tree. Your greatest gift came 2,000 years ago to take away the sin and evil that stand between us. All you have to do is acknowledge it and believe it.
The last few days before Christmas are here. This is the time when you will feel more rushed than ever. I want to challenge you to stop for just a minute each day between now and Christmas. Stop what you are doing, clear your mind, and ask me to show you ways to love people who need to be loved. Then when you come across people that need to be loved, share what you have with them and remind them of my great love for them.