“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3:16 NIV
Mallory and Bella appeared as Mary and Joseph this Halloween. Duke the Chihuahua was Baby Jesus and Lainey wanted in the picture so her role was an angel. It was an unlikely Nativity but so was the first Nativity.
Mary and Joseph travelled to Bethlehem while she was ready to give birth. Arriving, every hotel was booked. There was no vacancy but an innkeeper offered his stable. So maybe it wasn’t so unlikely. The witnesses to the birth of Jesus were many types of animals. All creation rejoiced from the animals, the stars, shepherds in the fields, angelic choirs, to the wisest of men. God had given the first Christmas gift, followed by the Magi bringing the finest of gifts.
No matter how fine the gifts we prepare for those we love during the Christmas season, we can’t out give God. We make out our list and check it twice. We try to find the perfect gift. Once in awhile, someone is forgotten and we rush to find something last minute or, perhaps, you purchase a few generic gifts so you aren’t unpleasantly surprised.
You don’t have to worry about being forgotten this Christmas or anytime during your lifetime. No one is forgotten by God. He worked out the salvation plan from the beginning to include everyone in every generation. John 3:16 tells us that God so loved us and everyone, that he sent his own son to draw us to him and if we believe we shall not die spiritually but have eternal life.
This Christmas when you purchase the perfect gift for those you love, remember God purchased the perfect gift for each of us. Salvation is free to all who believe that he sent his only son who was willing to pay the penalty for our sin on the cross that we might never perish but live eternally with Him.
Jesus wrapped up in swaddling clothes, came to earth as a baby, for you and me. He was born humbly with no kingly fanfare but worshipped by the humble and those who bowed before him during that first Nativity. Bow your heart before him today that you might truly celebrate this Christmas.