25 December 2011

Unto Us...

"a child is born, unto us a son is given. And the government shall be upon his shoulders, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" Isaiah 9 v 6

Amazing though the virgin birth was, today is not just about that.


Yes it was a miracle. And yes, it's still pretty cool and all that.

But it's not the best part...not by far.


'A child is born'.......

but 'a son is GIVEN'......


God didn't just give us a miracle baby's birth to celebrate each year. He gave us his only son, through whom the world would be saved.

From all sins past, present and future. In the greatest gift of love this world has ever seen.


So....if you were asked to think long and hard about the best gift you've ever been given?

I'll bet you wouldn't say it was the latest electronic gadget out this year, a bestseller book off the shelf, or that dress you'd been eyeing up in the store window.


No matter how you desperately want it at the time, the mere fact that it was a gift that can be bought cheapens it with that knowledge.


But not the gift of love.


Love cannot be bought. Despite how hard we might try to prove otherwise.


True love is always freely given.


Freely received. When we choose to accept it.


And so we come back to today....


The gift of love freely given 2,000 years ago, just as real now as it was then.

Today is...the greatest gift of all.

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