Christmas – it is all about Gifts!
In preparation for our Prep to Year 9 Christmas Service, I asked students and staff what the best gift is that they have ever received. Responses varied between ‘my family’ to ‘RC cars’, ‘my dog’ and even ‘my brother making it home for Christmas after being detained in a foreign gaol!’ There were all sorts of other gifts too that we value.
The question can then be asked, what is the best gift you have ever given? At the time of writing, this question has not been surveyed… I wonder, what is the best gift you have ever given someone?
Another question can be… is it better to give gifts or receive them?
Christmas is certainly all about gifts. Unfortunately, commercial enterprises have latched onto gift giving and promote it in a manner that is unhelpful. All of us are aware of a what a ‘racket’ the whole commercial side of Christmas is but in amongst the commercialism, the concept of gift giving and receiving is what Christmas is all about.
God coming to all of humanity as one of us, born to Mary in Bethlehem, 2,000 years ago is the greatest gift we can receive. God’s rescue from the selfishness that afflicts each of us occurred once and for all through Jesus arriving in our world. Jesus’ love for all people outshines any other gift we may receive in this earthly life. In response, we are moved by His great love for all humanity and each of us personally to give our life back to Him as our gift to Him. All God longs for is for everyone of His children to connect with Him through receiving Jesus as their saviour and Lord.
Christmas is all about Gifts! God’s gift to us of His Son Jesus and our gift in return of ourselves back to Him. May all of us be blessed in giving and receiving this Christmas.