Over this festive period I am sure there will be countless ‘true meaning of
Christmas’ blogs. People will talk about an idealistic birth that is
disappearing in a sea of red suited gluttony, loneliness, stress and debt.
Christmas is now famous for excess and marital disharmony. It is a great
time to grab a bargain as marriages and partnerships collapse under the
strain of modern life. Christian organisations battle to be heard over the
noise of Christmas love songs, supermarket battles and TV ratings. Give they
say…give to each other …give to the poor, give to the orphans, the
homeless…the list is endless and all this is great and good and true but
is Christmas just about giving?
Its true that Christians celebrate Gods gift of Jesus, the ultimate love
gift.This love gift came wrapped in the form of a homeless illegitimate
child. His family became refugees due to a bloody dictator. He failed to
gain any degrees or accolades at bible school and worked until he was about
30 years old supporting his family. He gained nothing from his three year
ministry but a band of mismatched believers who failed to understand what
was going on until inspired by the Holy Spirit after it had all happened.
His simple life cut short because of pride, prejudice and hypocrisy.
Religion at its worst. Or so it appeared.
His death and resurrection were actually the ultimate Christmas present!
When we unwrap Jesus it is not giving we find but for-giving. His dying
words.. ‘father forgive them’. His life and resurrection…forgiveness in
action. He came so that we might live.
This is a present that it totally affordable, and comes with the added
benefits of improved stress levels, freedom, joy and peace. It is available
to us and for immediate use by us. So why do so few people unwrap this
present at Christmas? Is it the comfort of pride, or the lie that forgiving
is too painful and will cost to much? The cost of unforgiveness is stress,
loneliness, pain, ill health, and division. In deciding to forgive we gain
life, health and peace. Forgiveness is a free gift wrapped in Jesus with
unlimited benefits. There are no austerity measures, hidden clauses, small
print or late payment fees. Jesus came so that we could live. Really live.
Why not try unwrapping Jesus this Christmas?