14 Dec Luke 2:11-14
11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”
At this time of year, one may be asked this question several times; “What do you want for Christmas?” Perhaps you have a long list or there may be just one thing. If I pursue this idea further and ask, “Why do you want what you want for Christmas?”, what would you say? Some people would tell me that they don’t want to be left out or overlooked. If that is the case, maybe they mean they want to be thought of, remembered, loved. To know that somebody cares for you and believes that you are worth the gift feels good. Some might say they just want to go home or be with family for Christmas. You get a feeling of peace when you are with your family who loves you. Some may want to be united with a loved one, from which they are for some reason separated. Maybe your Christmas wish is forgiveness. Mary’s song shows us that in Christ, we have all three of those gifts. That God would come down through an earthly vessel to save you from your sin shows how much you are worth to Him. Jesus brings to us an inner peace that is present under all situations. It is the peace that passes understanding. There is no condemnation if we belong to Him. Finally, it must be said; the baby in that manger was God. Deity came down to forgive us and to one day bring us into the presence of God. So now, may I ask you? What will you give for Christmas? Like Jesus, give something that will last.