I LOVE this time of year. The crisp air (everywhere besides South Florida, that is…), the brightly-lit houses, the sound of family gathered around, the fragrance of pine, the festive food, the tinsel and bows and the beautifully wrapped gifts.
But, lets be real. The gifts are my favorite. I love beautifully-wrapped, color coordinated presents with hand-tied bows. I love the look of delight and anticipation on the faces of the receiver and the giver. But more than the gift itself, I love the intentionality, thought and effort that goes into gift-giving. Gifts are so personal.
For me, when I take a minute to think about it, as cliché as it sounds, my favorite gift is one that really can’t be wrapped. The ultimate, most beautiful gift is Christ himself.
The Bible calls Jesus Immanuel, which means God with us. Jesus is literally God, with skin on (that’s crazy, right?). He came into the earth as we did—a helpless babe, completely dependent on the care of others. Jesus came and lived an ordinary life. He came and lived among us, choosing to identify with us.
The Bible says that the Word who spoke the world into existence chose to dwell among us. That’s pretty powerful.
While Jesus was “God with us” during His time on earth, He is “God with us” now too. He’s in the big things, but He’s also in the microscopic details. He understands your hardships and your joys. He see the things that make you uniquely you. And He loves you. He wants to walk with you, through both the good stuff and the bad stuff.
Christmas celebrates that.
This season, I encourage you to look for Jesus. So as you enjoy the eggnog and the brightly-lit houses, take some time and slow down to reflect on the gift of Jesus. While getting and giving are both fun, He is the only gift really worth getting.
So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. –John 1:14