The Greatest Gift

In the busyness of the holiday season, we can get distracted from Christmas’ true meaning. As you buy gifts for loved ones, prepare meals for gatherings, and take time off of work, remember what you are celebrating.

Jesus came into this world as a baby to live and die for us.

What we know about Jesus is that the world was created through Him (John 1) and He came to Earth in human form to walk with us and save us.

Jesus could have been born into a noble family, one of power and wealth. Instead He was born to a young girl with no status, with a carpenter as a husband.

He could have been born in a warm bed with medical care and support, but He was born in a stable with only His earthly parents and a bunch of barnyard animals surrounding Him.

He likely could have started performing miracles at any age, but He waited for His Father’s timing, 30 years into His life, and lived an ordinary life up until then.

Jesus birth alone can humble us in so many ways. When we strive to have the biggest pile of presents underneath the tree, remember that Jesus only received 3. When you feel like your holiday celebration isn’t going as planned, remember Mary gave birth to the Savior of the World in a stable that I’m sure did not smell like cinnamon and pine. If you find yourself feeling alone or taken for granted this holiday season, remember that Jesus endured so much so that you could have a relationship with Him.

He has already given you the best gift possible and no one can take that away from you. Rest in that this holiday season.

Merry Christmas.

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

Always,

Emily

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