“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
As we wrap our presents for Christmas this year, let’s remember the greatest gift ever given to us. He didn’t come with the power He held within that tiny body. He didn’t look like the King He was. He didn’t reside in a royal cradle, surrounded by midwives and caregivers. Revelers didn’t go through the country announcing the birth of the Heir of heaven.
He could’ve, but He chose to enter this world like every human child. He grew in His mother’s womb, pushed His way through the birth canal, withstood the trauma of birth and experienced all the pain involved.
This gift was wrapped in swaddling clothes and placed in a humble feeding trough as God’s token of love – surrounded by animals and shepherds. He cried, needed His diapers changed, hunger and thirsted and grew into a man of sorrows. He would live in poverty, grow up in wisdom, work as a carpenter, minister to the sick and dying, took our place upon the cross to pay the final ransom for OUR souls.
The cost of this extraordinary treasure was incomprehensible. It wasn’t intended for just one, but He died once for everyone. Because of this, He washed our sins away and He came back to life to prove His Godhead. He conquered death and lives now at the right hand of God. This act was to assure us that we would also defeat death and live again in His heavenly realm.
He’s coming again – very soon – and He will take those who trust in His promise- back with Him to His kingdom, where we will become co-heirs to heaven. What an extraordinary gift!
Talk to your children today about why we give gifts at Christmas and about the only gift that really counts. We’ve tended to stray from the true meaning of this season. Don’t get so involved in the gifts this year. Remember the greatest gift of all – JESUS!!