The magi who brought the gifts to Jesus, recognizing him as the foretold king of the Jews, probably did not make their way to him until he was a toddler. But, still, we tend to include them in our Christmas traditions. In this vein, I am sending you three gifts:
1 - The Gift of All You Need:
“He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:32
In the manger the impossible was given. At the cross, the impossible was sacrificed. At the resurrection the impossible was accomplished. All to make us right with God. Open up this gift, if you haven’t already. God loves you so much that he offered his son as a baby, to grow to a man who would tell the good news of the great love of God. He would then die on a cross as a sacrifice for what we could not do, in order to be forgiven and restored.
He came to know pain, to set you free from the hold of it, to forever live with hope.
2. The Gift of Rest
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”(Matthew 11:28
He knew we would be burdened, and he gives us rest unlike any sleep, massage, or drug that is available. Focus on the baby in the manger. The gift has come. Rest.
3. The Gift of Peace
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
Once there could be no peace, but now it is limitless. Situations no longer need make us afraid, Christ died, rose up, and lives forever so that we may never fear what has happened, is happening, or may happen. He will never release us from his grasp.
Merry Christmas, my fellow sojourners in physical pain. May these gifts be precious to you,
Glory to Jesus,