Rev. Peter Greiner
Sun 12 Dec
It is Christmas time. A time when the world , or at least some parts of the world go on a gift buying frenzy, purchasing gifts for family and friends. How much will be spent is anyone’s guess? But why the gift buying? For the Christian the gift symbolizes the greatest gift of all. The gift God gave to all who would receive him. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16). But here is the twist in Christmas. People talk about giving gifts. They speak of finding just the right gift. They go looking for gifts for family and friends. People who care and love you, but also people you love and care for. When was the last time you gave a gift to someone you didn’t like? Or someone gave you a gift who did not like you? Consider God’s gift and who He gave the gift to! Paul writes to the church at Rome and in his teaching we are told that we are God’s enemies. God gave the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, to those who hated Him. When we consider the words of Isaiah, God gave the gift of His Son to those who worshipped and bowed down to other gods. The Son would be called “Wonderful Counselor,” “Mighty God,” “Everlasting Father,” “Prince of Peace.” This Christmas enjoy the gift God has given us in His Son – Jesus Christ.