The Greatest Gift Ever Given Was On The Tree, Not Under It.
When I look at our world today, I realize that part of Isaiah’s promise (see Isaiah 9:6–7) has not yet been fulfilled. The Son has been given. The Child has been born. But He has not yet taken the government upon His shoulders. We do not have peace with judgment and justice yet. But the good news is that there is coming a day when Jesus Christ will return. He will establish His kingdom on this earth. It will be a righteous rule from God Himself and I can’t wait!
But before Jesus could take the government upon His shoulder, He had to take up the cross on His shoulder. Before He could wear the crown of glory as King of Kings, He had to wear a shameful crown of thorns and give His life as a sacrifice for the sins of the world.
The first time He came, a star marked His arrival. But the next time He comes, the heavens will roll back like a scroll and all of the stars will fall from the sky and He Himself will light it with His glory.
Jesus Christ came to this earth. God came near to us so we can come near to Him. To give our lives purpose and meaning. To forgive us of our sins and to give us the hope of heaven beyond the grave. Christmas is not about tinsel or shopping or presents. Christmas is not the gifts under the tree. Christmas is the gift that was given on the tree when Christ died there for our sin and gave us the gift of eternal life. That is the gift He extends. That is what Christmas is all about.
When I look at our beautiful Christmas tree, I can’t help but to look back two thousand years ago at the Old Rugged Cross. That my friend is the most beautiful Tree the world has ever known. It didn’t have lights or bulbs or tinsels or any other decoration that we have on our Christmas trees, but it had Jesus, The Light of the world, The Lamb of God! Thank you Jesus! God Bless!