“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
The package was so small, no one expected that it would contain such a huge gift. It was an ordinary package. The wrapping wasn’t elaborate. There were no sparkles or glitter. It didn’t even have a bow.
It wasn’t gold, silver or diamonds. It wasn’t a shiny new car. It wasn’t the latest high-tech gadget. Some rejected the gift because it just didn’t seem special enough–they just couldn’t get past the plain wrapping. They couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about.
Now, as time went on, the gift grew and awed more and more people. The gift started to perform miracles. It changed water into wine. It calmed storms. It fed thousands with just a few loaves of bread and a couple of fish. It casted out demons and healed the sick. It even brought the dead back to life.
Those that rejected the gift became afraid. “What is this thing that can do only what God Almighty can,” they asked.
Over and over they were told that this is the gift that was promised to them years ago. The gift that the prophets spoke about. This gift is from God, it is His son.
“What, but that’s impossible,” they said. “Why would God give his son to us? He would never give such a precious gift to us, not after all the heartache we have caused him.”
If this gift was truly what they said it was, what would that mean for them? They had to get rid of it. They tortured and humiliated that gift. They nailed him to a cross and killed him. They buried him in a tomb and rolled a large stone in front of the entrance so that no one could get to the gift ever again. They thought it was over but the gift came back more glorious than ever. It was all part of God’s plan. The gift brought salvation for all mankind. All they have to do is believe in him. He is a gift that lasts eternity.
God loves us so much that he gave his son to pay the ultimate price for our salvation. During this season, let us not forget the true meaning of Christmas. Christmas is about the awesome gift of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.