Romans 5:1-5

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Christmas

And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 15:13

At the risk of being labeled a heretic, I have a confession to make. I love presents at Christmas time. I know it sounds like I have drunk from the poison fruit of commercialism and my attitude may represent the dark side of Christmas. For me, it is not so much about getting presents, although I do enjoy trying to figure out why certain people gave me certain gifts. The thing I enjoy most is giving presents. I like to try and give the perfect gift that will be the ultimate connection between what someone wants and what he or she needs. I also enjoy watching the expression on people's faces when they open their gifts.

Interestingly enough, giving gifts at Christmas has a strong biblical connection in two ways. One is in tradition of the wise men giving three perfect gifts to the baby Jesus: Gold — a gift in association with kings, and Christians believe Jesus is King; Frankincense — a perfume used in Jewish worship, and Christians believe in the value of worshipping Jesus; and Myrrh — a perfume used to anoint in death, a prophetic gift indicating the significance of Jesus' eventual death. Of course, Christmas is also about the main gift of God's son to humanity. Because of God's love for us, this passage mentions another of God's gift to believers in addition to Jesus, the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the gift that keeps on giving.