“Mommy,” asked a small child, “how long did Baby Jesus stay in the manger?”
Puzzled, the mother answered. “Not too long, I would imagine.”
Unfortunately, there are far too many individuals who leave Jesus in the stable, seeing His birth as an end, not the beginning. Not everyone realizes that this day is the day that the journey to the cross actually began on earth. This One who was born on this day of days is often left wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. It seems that many have no understanding of the spiritual significance or importance of Christmas.
But for those of us who accept and acknowledge Christ as our Savior, we rejoice and say with the Apostle Paul, “Thank God for His Son – a gift too wonderful to describe!”
This Gift is the gift of God Himself: His only begotten Son. It is the source of His grace, the expression of His mercy, the revelation of His plan, the meaning of His purpose, the passion of His love, the assurance of His presence and the provision for our salvation. He knew what we needed then and what we need now. In Him we have faith to fight our fears and hope for a life in His presence. “Too wonderful” indeed.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, for this Gift we do not deserve, desperately need, is available from no other Source and cannot live without. With grateful hearts, we thank You. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!