Wednesday, December 1, 2010
God’s Message of Love
“Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host
appeared with the angel, praising God and saying.
‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace
to men on whom his favor rests.’” Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
God sent us a precious gift, His son. He came wrapped in cloth strips and came to a manger in a stable. Although we don’t fully understand why, it was His plan.
God had made himself absent from their lives for four hundred years. All of a sudden the angels were singing and telling shepherds, the poorest of the poor, the good news of Jesus’ birth. These people, the first to hear about the birth of the babe were frightened.
The shepherds hurried into Bethlehem to see for themselves what the angels told. Once they verified the news, they told others about the angelic visit and the message and the gift from God.
How do we celebrate the coming of Christ? We give gifts. Our gifts are all wrapped with pretty paper or placed in neat looking gift bags. The wrapping paper is nice but it’s torn off and disposed of quickly. The gift bags, we save to use again. God’s gift came in rags. The gifts we give and receive among our families and friends get broken, out grown, or fall out of style. But the Gift God gave us is for all eternity.