Jesus became God’s gift of grace and the gift that keeps on giving.
1. The Gift of Submission
Although He never sinned, Jesus submitted to John the Baptist to be baptized. In doing so, Jesus identified with sinners and demonstrated complete surrender to the Father.
2. The Gift of Humility
Although He had much work to do, Jesus welcomed small children. He said adults must become humble as a child if they want to enter heaven. Children lose themselves in the moment. They act without hesitation. They accept the wonder of the miracles surrounding Jesus’ birth without trying to overthink. They understand with their hearts
3. The Gift of Compassion
Jesus showed compassion to the multitudes of sick, blind, deaf, and disabled people who constantly flogged Him. He turned no one away. He never rushed past someone in need. He took time to speak to them, to encourage them, and to meet their deepest needs—needs of the spirit as well as the body.
4. The Gift of Satisfaction
The miracle of the two small fish and five loaves of barley teaches plenty about satisfaction
- When we look to God for sustenance with grateful hearts, He supplies more than enough
- His provisions come from unexpected sources
- Jesus can do great things with small things
- Jesus will NOT send anyone away who diligently seeks Him
- Jesus supplies an abundance so that we have “leftovers” to share
5. The Gift of Trust
Trust is one of the most delicate gifts we can give to another person. It breaks easily and must be handled with extreme care. But when we put our trust in Jesus, we need not worry about Him ever breaking it. Here are a few things we learn from Peter’s experience:
- Focus on Jesus, and He’ll enable us to do the impossible
- Focus on our circumstances, and they’ll overpower us every time
- Prayers don’t have to be lengthy or complex
- Even when our faith fails, Jesus is there to help
- No matter how severe the storm, Jesus is always in control.
6. The Gift of His Presence
Jesus’ presence is God’s gift to each of us. Many get caught up in the wrappings—His glorious birth, the miracles, signs, and wonders He performed, the ideal of living a life full of peace, joy, and love. And God’s gift of grace through Jesus is all of that and more. But His presence brings with it His holiness, which cannot tolerate sin. Therefore, we stand convicted. Our guilt pushes the gift away. Instead of immersing ourselves in it, we hide from it unwilling to open the package in its entirety.
Let’s not return the gift unopened this year. Let’s unwrap it and experience the true miracle of Christmas—God’s grace, mercy, and love through Jesus Christ.
How about you? Have you opened God’s gift of grace?
See you in a twinkling,
Brenda K. Hendricks