Tuesday, December, 1, 2015 | 5:44 PM | by June
She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the village inn. --Luke 2:7
And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!" --Luke 2:12
Have you started wrapping your presents yet? I know that it is not one of my favorite jobs. If they are not already there, I know that the gift wrapping centers will start springing up at the malls and shopping centers. That sure is a job I would not want.
It is an art that I have not mastered at all. I’m the kind of guy who can’t believe that they have craft shows on TV that explain cute ideas for wrapping a gift.
Mary had the privilege of wrapping God’s gift to the whole world. She wrapped a gift for everybody who ever has and ever will live. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth,” the Scripture tells us.
The angels had the privilege of announcing God’s gift wrapped present. You will find a baby (God’s gift to them) wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!” He is God’s gift to you. He brings God’s grace. In His life He brings you life. In His death, He brings you forgiveness. He gives you an eternal personal relationship with the God of the universe.
As I think about it a bit more, I realize that every time that I share this Gospel, I am personally gift wrapping God’s gift for someone. I enjoy wrapping that gift. You too are a gift wrapper. Every time you use your own words and story to share the Gospel, you are wrapping God’s gift. Every time that your actions are a testimony of God’s love, you are wrapping God’s gift.
Don’t you love gift wrapping?
I all want to wish you a Merry Christmas. As we wrap up this year together, we give thanks to God for all of His blessings. You have been joy to me. We have celebrated together. We have served together. It is my prayer that God will be glorified in our midst in the coming years.
Thank God for who He is!