READ: Luke 2:1-7
[Mary] brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger. —Luke 2:7
I received some nice Christmas gifts last year—ski pants, a bracelet, and a Kindle reader. But what I enjoyed the most were the gifts of time
with people: playing with nine grandnephews and grandnieces from out of
state; having a niece and her husband and their 18-month-old daughter
attend our church’s Christmas Eve service with us; visiting with a
retired co-worker and his wife who are suffering with some health
issues; celebrating the season with long-time friends; reading the
Christmas story with loved ones. These were all special gifts because of the love we share.
God the Father, because of love, sent a gift to this world 2,000 years ago. Jesus was wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger (Luke 2:7).
The shepherds knew He was an amazing gift because an angel announced His birth to them in the middle of the night while they were in their
fields (vv.8-14). They rushed to see Him and then couldn’t help but
share the news of this Gift with others (vv.16-17). Yet many later
rejected Him, and He was crucified for our sins and buried. But He rose
from the tomb and now offers salvation to all who receive Him.
Thank You, God, for the Gift You gave—because of love. —Anne Cetas
Because of love God sent His Son
From heaven’s throne to earth
To rescue us from sin and death—
A Gift of priceless worth! —Sper
God’s gift to the world is the life-giving Savior.