“I don’t deserve Christmas!”
That’s what my 7 year old shouted stomping off to his room with arms taut and fists clenched as the guilt about some poor choice washed over him.
I’m sure he had no idea he had just given me the perfect topic for a teaching moment.
I laid down beside him on the bed and cradled his sweet head as I whispered, “No one deserves Christmas.”
To which he sobbed, “All I should get is a lump of coal, because I’m no good.”All I should get is a lump of coal, because I’m no good. #hecameanyway #christmas Click To Tweet
Oh, how I can relate.
“You know Christmas isn’t really about the presents, right?”
Gifts and toys are nice but the real meaning of Christmas can’t be bought or sold. Yet it came at an unimaginable cost. All too often we get caught up in the material side of the holiday and the true meaning gets buried under a mountain of tinsel and bows and wrapping paper and empty packaging. Christmas isn’t about opening presents.
It’s about receiving the very presence of Christ.
I’m certainly not worthy of what God did for me when He sent that first Christmas gift to earth.
In fact, it is when we start believing that we deserve His mercy or have earned His grace that we really deceive ourselves.
None of us deserve Christmas, but Jesus came anyway.
He came to earth to be born of a virgin, to live blameless in this sinful world, to be punished for our sins, and to give us eternal life by His death and resurrection. He came precisely because we could never be worthy of the kind of relationship God wants to have with us.
And we can’t return His gift. There are no rain checks or exchanges. It was paid for in full on the cross. His death is a one size fits all sacrifice for the sins of the world.
All you can do is refuse to open it.
But, just like my heart hopes my own son will tear through the shiny wrapping paper and find the joy in receiving the special presents I have prepared for him, our Heavenly Father longs for us to graciously receive His gift. My prayer is this: if you have been refusing to accept God’s gift of grace through faith, stop rejecting Him and discover the joy of receiving His love and forgiveness.
If you have already received this most precious gift, then let the opening of presents under your own tree be a reminder of the greatest gift of all. One that none of us could ever deserve.
Don’t let guilt spoil the joy of receiving, for it is the gift that makes us worthy.None of us deserve Christmas, but Jesus came anyway. #hecameanyway #christmas Click To Tweet
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for the gift of your Son that makes me worthy of a relationship with You. I know I don’t deserve it, but I’m so glad You made a way for me to spend eternity with You. Help me to live my life in proper response to all You’ve given me. Amen.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith,
and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God,
not of works, lest anyone should boast.
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