When you hear the word Christmas, what comes into your mind?
Parties, reunions, merrymaking, the many mornings of waking up not remembering the night before, the holiday rush, noche buena, and non-stop eating! Everything about Christmas just gives you the giddy feeling. But what we can’t separate with Christmas are the gifts.
We may not admit it but secretly we like receiving more than giving. But quite ironic though how we could fuss about the material gifts and overlook the best, and indescribable gift the King of Heaven and Earth could give.
Last Sunday I was able to feed my soul in CCF Christmas service, it was all about God’s indescribable gift.
It was all about the best gift that God could give, Jesus Christ.
We could know about God’s gift, yes we know it’s Christmas, yes we know it’s about Jesus Christ, yes we know he was born on a manger to die on the cross for our sins, so carry on.
But only a few of us have really received God’s indescribable gift to us and experienced Him in our lives.
We have forgotten how hard it is for a father to give up His son.
Think about giving up the most precious thing in your life – a gadget, a car, a house, your most precious pet. Think of giving it to someone else, worse think of giving it to your enemy. Difficult? God gave more than just a house or a thing to us, He gave His one and only, His most precious and priceless son to us because that’s how much He loves us. That in itself is indescribable. Jesus precious-ness is indescribable, God’s love is indescribable.
How indescribable is Jesus?
Isaiah 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Sharing with you Ptr. Peter Tan-Chi’s quote on Napoleon Bonaparte on Jesus being the Prince of Peace:
“I know men and I tell you that Jesus Christ is no mere man. Between him and every other person in the world there is no possible term of comparison. Alexander, Caesar, Charlemagne, and I founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon force. Jesus Christ founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of people would die for Him.”
Even men who do not know God would acknowledge Him through Jesus Christ. Jesus is indescribable – He is the beginning and the end, born to the virgin Mary. In his lifetime, His teachings are unique, He has impacted history greatly, even our calendars are based on Him – B.C. and A.D.
No ruler / king / personality has ever changed the course of history more than Jesus did. From then to now, even prestigious schools we know like Harvard and Yale’s founding statement is based on the Bible. His influence is indescribable.
However indescribable He might be, why do we still set Him aside and put Him on the sideline?
What struck me during the service was that man has a sickness – to neglect the most important things and spend so much time thinking about trivial things. More than the season, we place more importance on trivial things in our lives, mechanical things in our lives. And during these times, we tend to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the season and tend to neglect the reason of it all.
We have forgotten that many years ago, a virgin mother bore a baby in a manger. A baby unlike any other. Jesus Christ was born to die for my sins. To die for yours. To give us the gift of eternal life.
Because of God’s indescribable gift my sins have been washed away, my sins are remembered no more. Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.
God has given me eternal life as I have received His most precious and indescribable gift.
I used to be unappreciative (among many others) but God could only change me. When I think of my many sins and how those have been washed away, of how God has forgotten all my mistakes, of how God has forgotten my past, I could not help but be grateful of God’s grace. Of God’s gift. Of how unworthy I am but how precious I am in His eyes.
This Christmas I just want to be thankful to my Father for sending His one and only son that I may experience eternal fellowship, and eternal life and love with Him. Praying that all of us share in the gift and joy of eternal life in Christ 🙂
A Blessed Christmas to each and everyone 🙂