The Christmas Gift
For a child will be born for us, a son will be given to us, and the government will be on His shoulders. He will be named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
During this season of Advent or the season of waiting or expecting Christ’s arrival we have been conscious in our teaching of Will about the meaning of Christmas. Every night we pull the box off the calendar and read Scripture. Of course he doesn’t understand but he can understand “Jesus’ birthday, born in a barn” and that we are reading the Bible.
This year Will has really enjoyed “helping” me wrap presents and putting them under the tree. He crawls around the tree pointing to each gift and saying who it is for. And this made me think about how mixed up the Christmas message the world hears is.
How often do we tell our children or ask, “Have you been good so Santa will bring you presents?” Isn’t this the exact opposite of God’s gift of Christ to us?
But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us! Romans 5:8
We want to strive to teach Will (and soon Thomas) that at Christmas we celebrate God’s gift of a Savior that we did nothing to earn or deserve.
We can do this by giving gifts to our children, family and friends not because they have been good but because we love them and want what is good for them. And because we want to reflect Christ in everything we do.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him. Matthew 7:11