Receive Christ, God's Christmas Gift To You

One of the things that I love most about Christmas is receiving gifts.  I know that I ‘should’ say that the blessing is in giving gifts, but frankly I love to receive gifts more.  I love the anticipation, I love opening the gifts, and I love receiving them. 

As we think about Christmas from a Biblical perspective, we can also say that Christmas is all about us receiving.  You see, God's Christmas gift to us is Jesus Christ.  Two-thousand years ago Christ came to us; Christ descended and put on flesh.  Christ was delivered to us.  We receive Him by faith.

In thinking about Christ as God’s Christmas gift to us I am reminded of a devotional by Fredrik Wisloff in a book titled, “Hvil eder litt ~ Res Awhile.”  In the devotion titled, “Lord teach me to know thy gift” Wisloff says,

“I am weary of the demands of life.  I know that Thou hast a right to make demands, and I know so well what Thy demands are.  I have sought to meet them.  I believe I dare say: "I have tried with an honest purpose--not only once, but many times. But, Lord, Thou knowest how I have failed.  It is a futile task.  Each time I have succeeded in rolling the stone almost to the top, it has rolled downhill, and I have had to try again. But, Lord, now Thou dost offer me Thy gift.  O Thou kind and merciful God!  All that I lost because I was unable to meet Thy demands I now receive as a gift.  In Thy mercy Thou dost bestow upon me all that I need.  I only sit still, and Thou dost place Thy gift into my hands.  O Lord, continue to give.  Give me much for I am in need of much.  Grant that also today I may know Thy gift more richly and more gloriously than ever before.”

God’s grace and peace to you as you continually receive God’s Christmas Gift, Jesus the Christ.