It’s a Wrap! A significant Gift.
I often think, if we didn’t use any wrapping paper for gifts would the wonder and excitement still be felt? You see the thing about wrapping paper is that it hides what the gift is. Well, duh Wendy…that’s the whole point of wrapping paper! I know. But the point I’m trying to make (and there is one) is that the gift has to be unwrapped to be enjoyed. Aha, now I see where this is going.
The whole idea of wrapping paper is so you’ll discover what the gift is underneath it. The fundamental purpose of pretty wrapping paper is to make you want to unwrap the gift that was given to you.
As we celebrate Christmas, we remember the gifts that the three kings brought to Jesus. Gold, frankincense, and myrrh, which represented Jesus’ majesty, priesthood, and death. Significant gifts indeed. Mary and Joesph probably thought they’d been given a VIP Pass to Tiffany and Co when they were given those gifts. However, each gift was significant, and the gift God has given you is significant too.
It doesn’t say in the Bible text that Mary unwrapped the three gifts from the kings. But it does say that, ‘…she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.’ Luke 2:7. Mary didn’t wrap the gift of Salvation in wrapping paper, she wrapped Him in swaddling cloths. The gift of Salvation was wrapped up and ready for a world to discover Him with awe and wonder. The gift of Salvation wasn’t under a Christmas tree, it was laid in a manger.
Salvation is truly a significant gift. One that is waiting for you to unwrap and discover this Christmas.
Over this past year of 2019, we have focused on the word PREPARE. I hope I’ve helped you in some small way to prepare for all God has in your future. Sometimes there will be challenges as you forge through the great unknown and sometimes it will feel like a breeze but at least you are now PREPARED for it!
So this Christmas Day may you truly see the most significant gift of all. It wasn’t wrapped in wrapping paper but in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger.
Have a blessed and safe Christmas of 2019
…And that’s a wrap!
See you in 2020…xoxoxo