It would be detrimental to my own peace of mind if I were to allow the celebration of Christmas to pass without sharing with you the greatest gift imaginable.
This time of year, the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh are remembered as the precious gifts brought to Jesus, the child who is the Messiah.
Many people would count their loved ones, their family members as a tremendous gift. It is my hope that you are able to enjoy spending time with your loved ones this Christmas.
But what is the greatest gift? Freedom.
This fall, it was a privilege to study Covenant: God’s Enduring Promises by Kay Arthur. She made it so very clear what a thrill it is to know we live because of the covenant made possible because of the death of Christ.
Why me? Why did God choose that I should live in this time and not in the time under the covenant of the Law?
Pastor John Piper explains this ultimate gift of freedom in this devotional, Christmas Is For Freedom.
In it he writes:
Jesus took our nature in Bethlehem, to die our death in Jerusalem, that we might be fearless in our city. Yes, fearless. Because if the biggest threat to my joy is gone, then why should I fret over the little ones? How can you say (really!), “Well, I’m not afraid to die but I’m afraid to lose my job”? No. No. Think!
If death (I said, death!—no pulse, cold, gone!)—if death is no longer a fear, we’re free, really free. Free to take any risk under the sun for Christ and for love. No more bondage to anxiety.
If the Son has set you free, you shall be free, indeed!
Do you know the gift of Freedom that can only be found in a relationship with Jesus Christ? I pray you experience The Greatest Gift of All this Christmas.
Enjoy God’s presence this Christmas!