THE COSTLIEST GIFT OF ALL!
by Lorraine Lorenz
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 – NIV)
In a few days time it will be Christmas – that special time of year when the very atmosphere seems to change around us! True, it has been commercialized and people tend to be over busy and to rush around, shutting out its real meaning.
But there’s more to Christmas season – there is something deep within our hearts, especially as children of God, something that speaks intimately and softly within. Something, or rather Someone reassures us that what happened long ago at the very first Christmas, changed the world forever!
For on that first Christmas day(*) God came down to us in the guise of the baby boy born to the virgin Mary, a young Jewish girl from Nazareth, who was pledged to be married to Joseph.
No fuss, no glaring news headlines or any announcement, except that given by the Angel to the shepherds – God the Son arrived silently and had only a manger for His bed! The Father’s wondrous gift was given, yet no human of any high repute knew anything about it!
There was no room in the inns around Bethlehem for this Baby and His earthly parents – no room for His holy birth. People have no room for Him in their busy but ultimately purposeless lives (unless they open their hearts to Him before it is ever too late).
In John’s Gospel, chapter 1, we read about the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us; the Word, who had been with God from the beginning! This Word refers to none other but our Lord Jesus – He came from the very bosom of the Father.
The Father loved us so much that He gave His most precious possession to die so that we might live eternally with Him!
Is God’s Gift, given at Bethlehem, you most precious Possession today?
[Used with permission from the Daily Devotional book, “Amber’s Story, Walking Back into the Light” by Lorraine Lorenz. Obtainable from Amazon]