The Gifts of Christmas

On December 25th much of the world will stop it’s regular activities.  For a day we will come together as friends and family.  Most difficulties will stop and for a time we will enjoy the blessings of the day.  The trappings that surround this day mean the difference between success and failure for many in the business world.

How can one day mean so much to so many?  This is the day set aside to remember the birth of our Saviour!  Some would argue there is no authority to set this day aside.  Others would attempt to prove Christ’s birth could not possibly have been on this day.  Still some would deny Jesus birth altogether.  Their attempt is to take Christ out of Christmas entirely.

I have no desire to argue the authority for this day.  I don’t wish to argue if this is the correct time of the year.  There are those who are much better qualified to do so.  My intent is to list just a few of the blessings that have come to us as a result of the birth of our Messiah.  The following are certainly not all the blessings the birth of Jesus brought to us but these that follow are the true gifts of Christmas.

  • The birth of Jesus brought the gift of salvation to the world.  Jesus was our sin payment.  His birth brought the hope of salvation to the world.  Without the birth of Jesus there would have been no sin payment.  If there had been no sin payment there would have been no salvation.
  • The birth of Jesus brought the gift of joy to the world.  There is no joy that compares with the joy of knowing Jesus.  As a believer we have a joy that the world will never know outside of Christ.  John tells us in I John 1 that the knowledge of Jesus leaves us full of joy.
  • The birth of Jesus brought the gift of assurance to the world. It is the intent of the Lord that we know with certainty our salvation.  The gift of our Lord made this assurance not only possible but certain.
  • The birth of Jesus brought the gift of peace.  There is no peace that compares to being in Christ.  It brought to us a peace that passes all understanding.
  • The birth of Jesus brought the gift of service.  The birth of Jesus gives us the opportunity to be reconciled back to God.  This reconciliation allows us opportunity to build relationship with the Father.  As we grow in our relationship with the Lord we are afforded the gift of service.  Our service brings glory to His name.

These are but a small sampling of the things brought to us by the birth of Jesus.  These gifts are real regardless of whether Jesus was born on December 25th or not.  They are certain with or without our perceived authorization.  These are indeed the real gifts of Christmas.

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4 Responses to The Gifts of Christmas

  1. Milton McArthur says:

    I think we in the church often fail to take advantage of the Christmas season. We do not know when the Saviour was born – but we do know He was. Let us be aware of the spirituality of people at this time of the year and hopefully lead them to a “Life”of obedience to Christ our Lord. We certainly do not need to avoid this day, but use it.

  2. dell says:

    Great thoughts Milton. I hope things are going well at Central. Tell Charlotte we said hello.

  3. Jan says:

    Wonderful post Dell! I agree with Mr. McArthur. Instead of being so judgemental, embrace the joy of the season. People are more receptive to Christ (and to help others) at this time of the year than any other. More people smile at you on the street and speak to you in stores. Jesus’ stressed that we are to love each other and that comes true at Christmas more than any other time of the year. Through that little baby in Bethlehem God gave us the GREATEST GIFT OF ALL! Merry Christmas!

  4. Thanks Jan and Merry Christmas to you!

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