What special gifts do you think you will receive this Christmas? What will be inside those packages wrapped in holiday paper, topped with ribbons and bows, or gracefully placed in a gift bag gushing with tissue paper?
In one of Jesus’ recorded prayers, He states repeatedly what God sent us on Christmas … or rather who.
- Referring to His disciples, Jesus said, “and they have believed that You (Father) sent Me” (John 17:8).
- Praying to the Father, Jesus said, “As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world” (John 17:18).
- Jesus continued, “… that the world may believe that You sent Me” and “that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me” (John 17:21, 23).
What I have omitted so far is the opening lines of Jesus’ prayer where He reveals the power punch of receiving the One delivered to all the world on Christmas, the gift of eternal life. “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3).
Simply put, God sent His best, His Son, God in human skin. When we believe that fact and receive this incomprehensible gift, we are promised eternal life with Him.
My prayer is that you have received Jesus, the Son of God, delivered to you on that first Christmas.
May your Christmas be blessed!