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2014 Christmas Contest: Christmas Gifts

December 29, 2014 by  
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by Ginger Burow

Gigi @ Tea 2 

Ginger enjoys writing of all kinds. Writing is her passion; she is an outdoors person and prefers to be there in her spare time, she claims that is where she does her best writing. She has many published works. She is married, a mother of three, and a native of the Texas Hill Country.

Christmas Gifts

10But the angel said to them, “Be not afraid; for I bring you good news of great joy which will come to all people; 11for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.” 13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God and saying,14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased.” Luke 2:10-14

Imagine the scene that day on the hills around Bethlehem as shepherds stood by watching the skies fill with angels proclaiming the Savior’s birth, and praising the Lord. What fear, awe, wonder, joy, love, and eventual peace must have filled their souls as the words of the angel touched their ears and crept with slow realization into the hearts? The sheer wonder and beauty of the scene would have been enough to bring them to tears, and then this sight was coupled with the magnificent news of their Savior’s birth.

How they must have felt when they realized the honor they had been given by their Lord, when He chose them to be first to know, that the prophecies had been fulfilled and this miracle child of God and man had been born.

14Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; behold a virgin shall conceive and bare a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

We speak often of the gifts given to the Christ child by the Wiseman, but what of the gifts bestowed on these lowly shepherds, and the traveling Wiseman. Upon them, was bestowed the gift of first knowledge of the birth of a long awaited miracle.

The gift of a Savior had just been given to the world, and the Lord chose these lowly shepherds, and gifted them with first knowledge of His birth. What an honor and privilege they were given, first to know, and first to see the new king. Wow!

The Lord put a huge star in the sky as a gift to the Wiseman, so that they could find their way to pay homage to the new Prince of Peace. The Lord literally led them to His son. It was indeed a gift and honor for these kings of earth to be the first to bestow gifts and pay their respects at the feet of this new king.

First shepherds, then kings each in their own way given news of a Savior and bid to come and see. With these gifts came a responsibility though, because from there they were charged with sharing this gift with the world, proclaiming all that had happened, and spreading the good news.

Shepherds and kings alike were to take their gift of knowledge of this miracle child, Christ Jesus, and share it with all around them, except for  King Herod, the first threat to Christ, because he feared him not as God, but instead mistook this miracle child, as an earthly King.

We are much like these lowly shepherds and stately kings. Some of us are poor, some of us are well off, or even rich, but we all have a common God given gift. We too have the gift of the knowledge of a Savoir born to us, died for our sins, and raised to new life for our redemption.

We also have the same responsibility to share our gift with everyone around us. Just like God chose the shepherds that very first Christmas to share the gift of a new Savoir, we are called this Christmas and every day to share the old, old story, with all those who may or may not have heard of the Savior.

So as we share Christmas gifts this season, do not forget to share the most important Christmas gift that the Lord gave to each of us, His Son, so that we too might give this gift to others. After all, without the gift of Christ, there would be no Christmas.  Therefore, go forth and give Christ, the miracle child of salvation, as your most precious Christmas gift to people around you this year!

 

 

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