Savior, Messiah, and Lord are just a few of the titles of Jesus. Comforter, Great Physician, Judge, Teacher…. According to some sources, there are over 200 names for Jesus in the Bible. Each name carries a special meaning and encourages us to look at Jesus with greater understanding, appreciation, and hopefully, awe and love. Deliverer, Great Shepherd, High Priest, I Am, Lamb of God, and the list continues.
At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Jesus, delivered in lowly circumstances of a stable during the journey that his mother and father were taking to be counted in the census. Of course, we remember the three kings or wise men who traveled from the East, guided by the star, by giving gifts to those we love. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh, each has their own special meanings related to the recounting of the birth of Jesus. Today, gifts of Minecraft, kitchen gadgets, and the latest cell phone have their own meanings. I will leave it to you to decide the relative meaningfulness or the message delivered. I have heard the tradition of limiting gift-giving to four gifts: something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. Whatever we buy for each other, we are attempting to show our love through the giving of a gift. Hopefully, we pick just the right symbol of our care for and understanding of the one we have chosen the gift for.
Isn’t this what God did for us at Christmas? He determined the gift humanity needed. Humanity as a whole and each of us as individuals. Time and time again the people had pledged to do better, live right, show their love for God. Time and time again the people had fallen short, drifted away, or openly and deliberately turn from God and God’s best plan for each of us. God sent His only begotten Son so that whoever would believe in Him would have eternal life. (John 3:16) God sent us Jesus.
God offers us the gift of eternal life. All we need to do is accept it. Repent and accept. We will be transformed into a new creation. If you ever want to talk about God’s precious gift to us, that we receive any time, I would love to. God’s blessing of Christmas morning is the gift we all can open anytime. Merry Christmas!