The Ultimate Christmas Gift
By: Kristen L. McNulty
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Well, Christmas time is here. Now, I don't know about you, but Christmas has always been my favorite time of year. Growing up I would be so hyped up for Christmas that I wouldn't fall asleep until about twelve on Christmas Eve and then I'd wake up early full of excitement.
Now that I've grown up, or at least I'm told I should have, things haven't changed all that much. I'm still excited, but for these past four years it has been for entirely different reasons. In fact, I'd have to say if there was not one gift for me under the tree, I'd have to say Christmas would still be my favorite day of the year. Why? Because on Christmas I'm celebrating an awesome gift I've been given: a baby in a manger who was born, lived, and then died for me.
Let's just stop and think about it for a second. Let's not even talk about Christ's death. Let's just talk about what an amazing gift His birth is.
God became man. The God who is bigger than the universes compacted Himself into a womb for nine months. The God who created man had to be cared for by a His creation. The God who is the ultimate source of knowledge had to learn to how to talk and how to walk. The God who is eternal had to change His entire mindset to live on the human time clock and relate to our way of thinking. God became man.
To help drive the point home on what a gift God gave us in becoming a man. I'm going to do something a bit different. Read the following lyrics from Joy Williams:
For just a moment I wish I could have been there
To see Your first step, hear Your very first word
Tell me, did You ever fall and scrape your knee?
Did you know Your wounds would one day heal the world?
For just one moment I wish I could have see You growing
Learning the ways of a carpenters son
Just a little boy, gazing at the stars
Did You remember creating every one?
If You passed by would I have seen a child or a King?
Or would I have known?
I wish I could have been there
My only wish is to see You face to face
That same song goes on to say:
To hear You pray in the garden alone
Laying Your will with each tear
To see You walk that lonely road
Willing to die for me
And in that
Moment I know I should have been there
You took my cross and gave Your life
And that my friends, is the message of Christmas. God loved His creation so much that He couldn't bear eternity without us. He gave us a way to life in the garden of Eden and we blew it.
We continue to blow it sin by sin, but God made another way. God became man and then died for the redemption of man.
This Christmas, if you have never accepted the ultimate Christmas gift of forgiveness for your sins and eternal life, I invite you to pray this prayer with me.
I know that I am a sinner. I know that you loved me so much you became a man and then died on the cross for my sins.
I accept the gift you gave me on the cross and I ask you to forgive me of my sins. Come into my heart and make me new.
In your name I pray,
If you've prayer this prayer with me and have meant it in your heart, congratulations heaven's having a party for you right now because the Bible says all of heaven celebrates when one sinner repents.
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This devotional was aired as a part of the Making A Difference Christian Radio Show.