This morning, at our homeschool co-op, I felt a tap on my side. Turning, I saw two bright eyes of one of the preschoolers as her small hand held up a ziplock bag with a bow taped to one side.
She had made a bracelet and looked like she would burst with pleasure as she watched it slide onto my wrist. I told my little friend that I would wear it often. Plastic beads strung together may not seem like anything special to most but it will be one of the most priceless pieces I own. It isn’t about the gift itself as much as it is about the heart of the one who gave it.
It’s a great reminder of Christmas. A baby in a manger may not seem to be anything of significance to many. Oh but, when we begin to understand the love and sacrifice behind the gift of Jesus, it becomes much more than a quaint picture on a card. It is a portrait displaying God’s unceasing pursuit to rescue – not because He needs us, but because we need Him.
Sometimes the greatest gifts come in the most unexpected forms. Jesus is the greatest gift that ever was or ever will be, but how often we fail to perceive or rejoice in that truth. Let’s ask God this Christmas season to help us recognize the gift and give us the desire to seek after the heart of the One who gave it.
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10).
“The time has come. The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news” (the words of Jesus, as recorded in Mark 1:15).