Come Christmas morning there will be many packages under most of our trees—of many shapes and sizes; some elaborate, some simple. I would imagine many of us (well, at least kids) would pick the biggest and prettiest box.
We humans have a tendency to be misled and enticed by external appearances. We inherited that from Eve who was beguiled by Satan with the eye-appealing forbidden fruit.
The world is like that, wrapped up in its fancy glittery boxes.
It offers us success, wealth, fame, and fulfillment. But instead of satisfaction, there is disappointment and emptiness. It robs us of good relationships, hope, true significance, and love (Jn 10:10). Instead of giving us fulfillment, it takes our soul.
And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? (Mat 16:26)*
But most of us know there is a God, so we look for a package that contains the type of God we want.
Like this gold wrapped one that says…
Just believe in Jesus. He’ll give you everything you want. Name it and claim it!
The one all wrapped up in love, peace, and no judgment.
Where we can do whatever we want, then confess it. After all, He is a God of love and mercy!
We might settle for a package of who we think God is.
A box of do’s and don’ts and where our good deeds outweigh our bad ones so we can get into heaven.
We select some other package, ornamented with false concepts of the real God.
However, all of these packages are empty of the true abundant life—both now and forever.
But, glory alleluia, there’s one more package left!
This one is plain and stained with blood, but if you look inside, you’ll surprisingly find:
- Clean slate—forgiveness for all your sins
- Robe of righteousness (Is 61:10)
- God’s complete love letter (the Bible)
- Watch—without numbers that runs forever to remind you of a timeless eternity with your Maker
- Basket with lots of the Bread of Life (Jn 6:35) and the fruit of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23)
- Keys to abundant life (Jn 10:10)
- Clothing and a playhouse—as reminders that all of your basic needs will be met
- Flashlight—for lighting your next step (which you turn on by reading God’s Word)
- Rock—security in Christ
- Bed—peaceful sleep and rest for your soul
- Candy cane whose red stripes remind you of the blood spilt so that you could have sweet fellowship with Christ
- Big bag of Hershey kisses as tokens of God’s love
- Water bottle with an endless supply of truly satiating Living Water
- Dynamite—His divine power to live God’s Way
- Certificate to be cashed in for crowns in heaven if we have lived God’s way, which we can then turn around and throw at His feet
- Gold chest containing many more treasures awaiting discovery
Jesus, God Himself, became a man on Christmas morning. He came with no frills, no glitter, no fanfare.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. (Is 53:2)
With Him, through His perfect life, sacrificial death, and glorious resurrection Jesus brought the most beautiful gift of all—Himself for all eternity.
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. (Jn 3:16)
Which package will you choose?
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