One day my daughter bought a gift but instead of buying one gift she bought lots of little gifts. To make the gift more of an adventure, we wrapped her gifts in about six boxes and placed one box inside another. So at the party, my daughter presented one large box. Inside that box was lots of tissue and a sweet little gift. As the girl set the box aside, my daughter yelled “Wait, there’s more!” Sure enough, beyond the tissue was another wrapped box. Before long, the crowd of girls caught on, so with each new box, all the girls were looking for more! It was almost as if the gift was bottomless!
Of course, at Christmas the best gift of all is the gift of the Christ Child. Most Christians treasure the gift of their salvation. But wait! There’s more! Christ longs to give you gifts that will bring renewal and rebirth right into your life today. Yet instead of seeing the holidays as an opportunity to let Christ revitalize your life, you may see the holidays as an irritation, a frustration or even a waste of time.
It’s almost as if Christmas rolls around and, sure enough, there’s a gift under the tree with your name on it from Jesus. You smile thinking, “I bet it’s the same thing I get every year, every day, every minute since I came to belong to Christ. I bet it’s my salvation.” With minimal excitement, you unwrap the box. Sure enough, it’s your salvation. Your sweet salvation, once again. But just as you go to toss the box out, you see another present peeking out from the tissue. Funny, after all these Christmases, you don’t remember ever seeing another present.
With a bit of expectation, you unwrap the gift and discover that in addition to salvation, Christ has given you guidance to help you manage your way out of that money problem. You think “Wow, how did He know? That’s just what I needed.” You begin to walk away but again, you see the corner of a present nestled into the tissue. This time you start to get excited. “Salvation, guidance, what else could I possibly receive from Christ?” You tear off the gift wrap, open the box and a massive quantity of compassion flows over you. So much so that you can’t wait to show compassion to everybody- even those you have withdrawn from… your boss, your kids, maybe even your spouse. Now you realize that Jesus is giving you gifts that you didn’t even know you needed.
Having learned how this gift from Jesus really works, you toss away the tissue and grab the next box, and the next box and the next. Peace, joy, strength, courage… the gifts just keep coming, as long as you keep on looking. The gift of the Christ Child is bottomless.
Take deep into your heart the meaning of Luke 2:11: “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord.” To you. A Savior has been born to you. Open yourself to all the precious gifts your Savior has for you. Merry Christmas.