December 25, 2010

A Gift Too Wonderful for Words!

Luke 2:1-20

Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
2 Corinthians 9:15


Every Christmas season for the past several years we have had the privilege of watching our grandchildren open their Christmas gifts. It has become a family tradition. Each year it’s a delight to see their anticipation as they tear wrapping paper away and then see a gift they wanted but had not expected.

Whatever gifts we give each other, none comes close to the gift God gave us on the first Christmas Day some 2,000 years ago—the gift of his Son, the Lord Jesus. It’s a gift too wonderful for words.

God’s gift to us is the most costly gift ever. It’s the gift not only of the birth but also of the death of his Son, our Lord Jesus. It’s a gift we don’t own, because we belong to him, and we can’t keep this gift for ourselves. Most important, Jesus is the gift that each one of us needs desperately. Without him there is no hope, no life, no future.

God’s gift to us on that first Christmas calls us to celebrate and worship. Make sure to come and worship Christ the Lord today. Accept God’s gift and receive him as your Lord and Savior. Invite someone who does not know about this gift to come with you. And as you celebrate, ask the Lord for open doors to share this gift in days to come.

Father in heaven, thank you for your gift that is too wonderful for words. Help us to accept your gift and share it. To you be all glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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