There are soooo many things to love about Christmas…the baking…the decorating…the music…the gift giving…
Truly…the gift giving is a very special part of Christmas. I have found there to be a treasure trove of Joy in it, and I have tried hard to instill in my children that Joy of gift giving. There really is nothing as exciting as making or purchasing a gift for someone and watching them enjoy it…I am trying to find words and all I can think of is just GIDDY!!! I love it!!!
I really do believe that that is how God and the Angels felt when Jesus was born…GIDDY with Excitement!! My mortal mind is picturing God throwing a huge Christmas goodbye party for Jesus as He prepares to leave Heaven…a big smile fills the Face of God…the Angels can’t stop singing songs of Praise and Joy…they are all GIDDY in anticipation of giving the Greatest Gift Ever to mankind. In fact…God was so TRULY GIDDY about giving the Gift of His son Jesus that He dropped a few hints throughout the Old Testament…
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
“Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and prosper, And execute judgment and righteousness in the earth.
“Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion!
Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your King is coming to you;
He is just and having salvation,
Lowly and riding on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.
There shall come forth a Rod from the stem of Jesse,
And a Branch shall grow out of his roots.
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Look at the names God gave Jesus in Isaiah 9:6…I can imagine Him thinking “Oh this is gonna be good!!” when He was dropping that little hint to Isaiah.
The Bible actually does record the GIDDINESS of the Angels after Mary gave birth to Jesus….
Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Truly…the hardest thing, that I have found, about gift giving is when the gift that you give isn’t enjoyed the way you had hoped that the gift would be enjoyed. Have you ever experienced that…it is a big letdown.
Can you imagine how disappointed God gets when our business…discouragements…fears…anxieties…disappointments…keep us from enjoying the Counsel…the Power…the Peace that is the Gift of Jesus?
I want to encourage you to take time to enjoy what God has given us in His Son Jesus…it will be your gift to the Giver this Christmas Season 😉
If you don’t know Jesus as your personal Saviour, go here to say a Sinner’s Prayer…or here to speak with someone from our church…it will be the best Christmas Gift you ever receive!!