Why Christmas? Part 10 – The Gift Revealed
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,” Isaiah 61:1-3
When were you poor? When were you brokenhearted, a captive, a prisoner? When did you mourn?
All these conditions are prior to the understanding of The Gift!
The Gift of Jesus proclaims the year of the Lord’s favor! The Gift of Christ IS Freedom! The Gift of Christ Frees the prisoners, gives comfort to ALL who mourn! The Gift gives a crown of beauty right Here and Now and the oil of Joy instead of mourning – YES, Jesus is that Good and Way Beyond!
As you kneel in front of this – the first Christmas Tree and you begin to unwrap His first present to you, you suddenly realize that no box can hold it. The box disappears as you begin to see the majesty of Who is laying in the place of animal feed and what His birth means to you!
The law held you captive as the law is the power of sin! The law did a Great job of making you fall utterly to your knees and look at the lowest being to see the heights of His Amazing Love for you!
Your guilt, condemnation and damnation to separation from a Love without end was ensured and secured as your goodness and my goodness could never hope to match or amount to a hill of beans – human love is based on give to get but God’s Love is based on give and keep on giving to those who will never and could never hope to pay you back!
The Gift revealed is simply this – The God of All Creation Loves you beyond belief and without measure! He Loved me when I hated Him and as we spit in His face and beat His brow and made Him bleed – He simple and Lovingly looked up at us and said, “I LOVE YOU, I FORGIVE YOU, PEACE I GIVE YOU WILL YOU ACCEPT IT?”