A couple of weeks and Christmas is here. If you are a believer in Jesus, you should be able to pull back the heavy curtain of the secular Christmas and see what it is really about, and if you are a church-going person maybe (hopefully) you have even heard your Pastor talk about the fact that Jesus is the greater and greatest gift ever given.
But…have you ever stopped to think why?
What is really coming at Christmas?
What do we celebrate and commemorate?
“The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.
You have multiplied the nation;
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as they are glad when they divide the spoil.
For the yoke of his burden,
and the staff for his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For every boot of the tramping warrior in battle tumult
and every garment rolled in blood
will be burned as fuel for the fire.
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of his government and of peace
there will be no end,
on the throne of David and over his kingdom,
to establish it and to uphold it
with justice and with righteousness
from this time forth and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”
We read that He is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace. This child, the son, took on humanity to become our kinsman redeemer (Ruth 3.9) and our perfect High Priest.
This greater and greatest gift is the gift of counsel, the only person fit to guide and direct our lives.
This greater and greatest gift is the gift of God, the only person to have seen and to be able to show us the Father.
This greater and greatest gift is the gift of life everlasting, the only person to have walked the earth that is truly eternal, having no beginning nor end of days, and the only person able to restore us to right relationship with God.
This greater and greatest gift is the gift of peace, not as the world thinks of peace, but true, lasting, inner peace with God.
Jesus brings a great light (v.2), complete and total victory over the power of sin and its consequences in our lives (v.4), and a great peace (v.5). The best thing is, He invites us to be a part of all of this!
He is the gift of a fresh start, a chance to live the life you were made to live, a chance to have sins past, present, and future forgiven.
That is what is coming, and that is why He is the greatest gift.