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20th December 2022

Without Packaging


Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

2 Corinthians 9:15



Jesus Christ is God’s unique Gift to us; He is the “One and Only” (John 1: 14, 18). He is God’s indescribable Gift to us (2 Corinthians 9:15). Nothing that we give and receive at Christmas can match God’s Gift to us. He truly “pitched His tent among us” (John 1:14) and came as “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” (John 1 v 29).


Tragically, God’s Gift was not well-received. This “world did not recognise Him” and “His own did not receive him” (v 10-11). Yet the promise remains, that all who received God’s Gift would become the children of God. In John 1:12 the Bible says: But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:


John’s gospel account points to the Gift of Christmas without any distractions or sentimentalities. There is just the Gift; no packaging or wrapping paper; not embellished with cultural and popular practices; so that we do not miss the Gift that is extended to us.


Today, we face the danger of wrapping the Christmas Gift with cultural and sentimentalised trappings and commercial glitz – that serve to turn our attention away from the Gift of Christmas. This Christmas, may each of us receive into our hearts the best (and essential) Gift of Christmas from our Father in heaven. That is the best thing that can happen at Christmas or anytime.

Read

John 1:10-31.

Prayer

This Christmas Father God, help me to share and tell others about the real Gift of Christmas, In Jesus name I pray. Amen.



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