“For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”Luke 2:11
As a kid, I always looked forward to Christmas as most kids do. We had a tradition of opening presents at my grandma’s house on Christmas Eve as soon as the clock struck midnight. We would eat tamales and watch the clock and it seemed like it would take forever. The present I wanted the most, however, was never opened at my grandma’s house but it awaited me at my own house. I couldn’t wait to get home to see if I get what I had asked for.
One year, I wanted an Animator which was a digitalized Etch-A-Sketch. You would make drawings in sequences and frames and then press the “animate” button and the picture would come to life. It was like a mini cartoon that you could create yourself. I was not much in the way of drawing, so this allowed me to be a bit artistic.
We started to open presents, and I did not see a present that looked like an Animator. I had one present left and it was a pillow. I may want a pillow now as I age, but this was clearly not on my childhood wish list. I was disappointed and was going to put the pillow to the side when my parents exclaimed,” Be careful!” I looked at them confused and then looked inside the pillow and there was a present inside the pillowcase. I opened it up with sheer excitement and there it was in all of its glory. It was the proverbial “Red Rider” I had so longed for. I loved that gift and that will always be one of my favorite Christmas gifts of all time.
I am not sure what you are hoping for this Christmas, but I hope you accept the greatest gift or, if you have already done that, thank the One who has given you the greatest gift. The excitement that comes from a Christmas gift lasts but a moment in time, but the greatest gift lasts for all eternity. A Savior was born, Christ the Lord! He was not advertised in catalogs, nor did He come with much fanfare. He came wrapped in swaddling clothes which would pronounce His purpose and destiny. He was born to seek and to save that which was lost, and He is the real reason for the season.
I am not sure if you will get what you want today, but if you have Him, then you have everything you could ever ask for. Will you accept Him as the greatest gift of all time, or will you toss Him aside like I did my pillow? How about you Christian? Are you thankful for the greatest gift? Have you taken the time to honor Him today? May we remember He is the reason for the season, and may we never take for granted the greatest gift of all time.