The Greatest Gift

giftChristmas time is upon us and many are buying gifts for a loved ones, friends, or an acquaintances. If I were to ask you, what has been the greatest gift you have ever received?  What would that be? What is the meaning of Christmas?

When we look at our current state in society, what is the meaning given to Christmas? Saying Merry Christmas to people now offends them and happy holidays is given in its place. Christmas is a time of giving but not just about gifts that are purchased. We have to give of ourselves in all of what giving is suppose to be. I love the following excerpt from an article written by John MacArthur:

The answer may just surprise you.

For many, Christmas is the time to think of Jesus Christ as a baby in a manger. While the birth of Christ is a special and miraculous event, it isn’t the primary focus. The central truth of the Christmas story is this: the Child of Christmas is God.

God in a Manger

Christmas is not about the Savior’s infancy; it is about His deity. The humble birth of Jesus Christ was never intended to conceal the reality that God was being born into the world.

But the modern world’s version of Christmas does just that. And consequently for the greater part of humanity, Christmas has no legitimate meaning at all.

I don’t suppose anyone can ever fathom what it means for God to be born in a manger. How does one explain the Almighty stooping to become a tiny infant? Our minds cannot begin to understand what was involved in God’s becoming man.

Nor can anyone explain how God could become a baby. Yet He did. Without forsaking His divine nature or diminishing His deity, He was born into our world as a tiny infant.

He was fully human, with all the needs and emotions that are common to us all. Yet He was also fully God–all wise and all powerful.

For nearly 2,000 years, debate has been raging about who Jesus really is. Cults and skeptics have offered various explanations. They’ll say He is one of many gods, a created being, a high angel, a good teacher, a prophet, and so on. The common thread of all such theories is that they make Jesus less than God. But the biblical evidence is overwhelming that this child in the manger was the incarnation of God.

One passage in particular, written by the apostle Paul, captures the essence of Jesus’ divine nature and underscores the truths that make Christmas truly wonderful.

Colossians 1:15-20 says,

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For. . . all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

The meaning of Christmas should not be belittled.  The word Christmas is “Christ for the Masses”.  It is for all and if you reflect on it you will see the true meaning. This is one of only two special days celebrated by all the world.  Why do you think that is?

So Merry Christmas and may the joy and love that come attached to this season find you infused with its meaning, “The Gift of Salvation from GOD”