Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass…
Jesus Christ is the gift of God that keeps giving. All the promises of God are yea and Amen in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20). How vital it is for us to go back to the Scriptures as we approach another Christmas season. We all know that Jesus was not born on December 25th, but we do know that He was born. “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:8-11) Hallelujah! Jesus Christ, The Savior is Lord. His birth is the theme of countless songs and devotionals that are listened to and read around the world at this time of year. His birth reveals to us that the real meaning of Christmas is redemption for sinners. But I fear that our view of Jesus is oftentimes shallow in comparison to how He is revealed in Scripture.
Our theme for this Christmas is “Jesus Christ, God’s Gift that keeps Giving”. All that Scripture reveals to us of the nature of Jesus is how God intends for us to think of Him and relate to Him. Jesus is our Bridegroom, our Great High Priest, our Shepherd, our King, our Savior, our Healer… Oh my, there is not enough paper in the world to contain all that Jesus is to us! Jesus is the gift of God. Jesus is eternal life.
The Old Testament people of God gathered around the presence of God. They beheld His glory. Beloved, my heart’s desire and prayer is that our Heavenly Father would remove the superficial veil of holiday tradition and replace it with a revealing of Jesus Christ to us. After all, the real meaning of Christmas is not in the presents, but in His Presence.