Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Greatest Gift

This post is part of Decembers Christian Writers Blog Chain. You can read more great post by clicking on the links to the right. The topic this month is gift. It's a fitting topic for me because today I turn 51. I didn't receive any gifts because I have already received the greatest gift. Today I want to share my gift with you.

...And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done , that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying , Behold , a virgin shall be with child , and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is , God with us...” Matthew 1:21-23 KJV

Christmas. When we think of Christmas the first thing that probably pops into our heads are presents. I know for my seven year old grandson presents are the first thing on his mind during the Christmas season. Unfortunately the true meaning of Christmas has become less focused on the Savior and more on commercialism.
For many Christians Christmas has become materialistic instead of spiritualistic. It is more about getting instead of giving. We tend to forget we've already received the greatest gift. On that first Christmas morning over two-thousand years ago we received a life-time gift from our Heavenly Father.
The Lord brought forth His greatest gift. Our gift was not wrapped in gold and silver, but in swaddling clothing. The tiny babe who lay in the manger was our gift of salvation. He didn't cost an exorbitant amount, but paid the ultimate price for being given to us.
Can you think of a better gift to receive on Christmas morning? I know I can't! That precious gift was delivered on Earth as a reminder. When God gave us Jesus He made a promise to always be with us.
The Lord gave us many gifts to show how much He loved us. He gave us the gift of life. He gave us the gift of peace. But the greatest gift He gave was his Son. When He placed his Son on Earth that long ago first Christmas He did knowing one day Jesus would pay for our sins. God loves us so much He gave his only begotten Son.
  When you opened your presents on Christmas morning, did you think about what you might receive, instead of what you have already received. Did you think about the commercialism, instead of the spiritualism. Christmas is only about one price. It's about the price Jesus paid so we could live. It's about the greatest gift we could ever get. Christmas is about Emmanuel.
This Christmas Season when you celebrated with your family and friends what was your greatest gift?
I know the greatest gift I received on Christmas and today on my birthday was my Savior(God's Son) Jesus Christ....


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Christ is the greatest gift any of us could receive!
I'll still wish you a happy birthday though.

Jack Brown said...

thanks for sharing,
Happy Birthday.
biiiiiiig Birthday hug

Traci B said...

Happy belated birthday, Debra! We December babies have to remember that we share our birth month with the time appointed to celebrate our greatest gift, and your post gets right to the heart of that. Thanks for sharing it.

Suzette said...

I see it was your birthday, Happy Birthday! Great post!

Christine Henderson said...

Happy Birthday! I was also born during the Christmas season and I like telling people my name is Chris like in Christmas. May you be blessed next year with the gift of wisdom in your writing.

Terrie said...

Loved your thoughts Debra- timeless and timely. May God continue to bless the work of your hands.

Deborah K. Anderson said...

The Lord is our greatest gift.

Oh, Happy Birthday!

Tracy Krauss said...

I'm a bit late reading the posts since I was spending time with family over the holidays. thanks for the reminder that Jesus is indeed the reason for the season.

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

Always good to remember why we celebrate Christmas, and a little extra emphasis helps. Great post, Debra.

M. L. Archer said...

Loved the post, Deborah!

Russo said...

I just wanted to leave a lil comment to say hello. I come back to your blog weekly and always enjoy your honest and heartfelt words.

E. G. Lewis said...

Your post speaks for all of us...Amen. Keep up the good work. Peace and Blessings during this holy season.

Cindee Snider Re said...

Amen, Debra! And a very Happy belated Birthday to you!!

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