I find myself all wrapped up in wrapping paper and gift bags today. Gift bags simplify the wrapping process but I still enjoy handling a few special gifts for a few special people. Can I find a bow or a decoration that fits the personality of the receiver of a particular gift? What unique way can I wrap some colorful ribbons around a rather plain square box? Christmas is only one week away and I like to have the gifts under the tree ahead of time so I can enjoy looking at the colorful packages under the tree a few days before everything is opened. I need to get wrapping!
I wonder how long it took for God to wrap up His Son as a Christmas present. God did not wrap some tissue paper around Jesus and put him in a bag with pictures of angels on it. God did not find a box just the right size for a little baby, close the lid and wrap it with red or green paper and plop a shiny bow on top. Instead, God wrapped His only begotten Son in human flesh and placed him in a manger. There was no Christmas tree, but thirty-three years later there would be a tree he was placed upon, known to us as the cross.
As I continue to wrap up my Christmas wrapping project, I must make sure that I put the correct name tag on each present so each person receives the correct gift. Some of our grandchildren will be here before Christmas Day and they will be sorting through the packages to find which ones belong to them. Wishfully thinking, they might begin looking at the biggest packages in hopes that they will find their name on one of them. One may even let me know that a cousin’s name is on a bigger present. They do not understand the saying that the best things come in small packages!
When God sent His Son to earth for us, He did not specify by name to whom He was giving this gift. However, Matthew 7:7-8 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” When anyone asks Jesus to come into their heart, they receive the gift of eternal life. Although the baby Jesus we see in the manger at Christmas is small, He and what He gives us is the biggest gift possible! In relation to gift giving, I also like what is said in Matthew 7:11, “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” God writes His name on His gift for each of us and it is up to us to receive it. It is a good gift and one that should be unwrapped.
My wrapping project is almost complete and ready for the unwrapping project in another week. Even now I wonder if each person will like the gift I have chosen for them. Will they like it? Will they use it? Will it be the correct size and color? I will just have to wait for Christmas Day to find out the answers to these questions.
I wonder what thoughts were going through God’s mind a week before His Son was born as both Son of God and Son of Man. Being an omniscient God, He knew not everyone would receive His Son and the gift of salvation available through believing in Him. My Reader, you and I have the greatest gift available to us not only on Christmas Day, but any day when we choose to accept His gift. If you have not already done so, accept Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. Unwrap this gift and utilize it every day of your life! You do not need to question if this gift is the correct size or color because God has handcrafted it to fit you and your needs perfectly. I guarantee you will like it and be blessed by it. Accept this gift in the way the Giver has anticipated!