Receive the Gift!

One Christmas several years ago, a church I used to pastor decided to bless a family going through a time of great need. People went shopping and filled some bags with clothes and gifts for the children. Also, in the bags were Christmas cards with $500 worth of gift certificates! Later, I found out that the family took what was in the bag, but failed to even look inside the cards and threw them away! Sadly, we were not able to replace them. As I have thought about this through the years, I came to the conclusion, “It is easy to miss the most important things in life.” When God sent the best He could give, His only Son, most people misjudged the value of the gift. The Bible says, “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him” (John 1:10-11). Imagine if the story of Christmas ended on this note of despair! But, the Word goes on to say, “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God…” (1:12). As you read the Bible from cover to cover, you discover that God’s people were almost always the minority. Even today, in a country permeated with the Gospel, most people still miss the gift! While driving on Broad Street the other day, I noticed a poster for a Christmas event emblazoned at the top with “Xmas Party.” I know we’re used to this, but I still groaned deep in my heart. Jesus wants to save, bless, heal, and restore and yet we purposely try to “X him out.” However, Christ isn’t going anywhere. The world belongs to Him. He is the Lord of life and will reign forever! Most may miss Him and even try to blot out His memory, but those who receive Him become royal family members! Let’s spread the word about Jesus! There are those today who are ready to open the gift!

Pastor Mark Boucher