It’s Christmastime again. Time to start wrapping presents—and then hide them until Christmas. In both a secular and religious sense, Christmas is known as the season of giving. We remember the gifts of the wise men: frankincense, gold, and myrrh. Some might tell the story of Saint Nicholas, dropping bags of gold down a chimney. But most of all, we remember God’s gift to us, Jesus Christ. But why? Why did God give us his Son, or anything, for that matter? John 3:16 says, “for God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God gave because God loved.
And the gift did not stop at his birth. Jesus lived God’s grace and love. His disciples constantly fought about which one of them was the greatest—Pride, each arrogant remark a whip across his back. But Jesus forgave, and gently told them to serve each other, just like he did. Jesus forgave the woman caught in adultery, knowing each sin—including the arrogance of the men—was a thorn that would crown his head. He forgave Peter after each denial, the three spikes that would nail him to the cross, because Jesus loved.
The miracle of Christmas is not God sending Jesus to establish his kingdom—we would not be worthy. No, the miracle of Christmas is that God loved us, so much that Jesus came to open his love to the world. Christmas is not about the gifts we receive, but about the greatness of the true Gift-giver, and the depths of love he has for us. Remember God’s gifts, but praise God because of his love. When we all give gifts later this month, let’s all take the time to remind our friends and family of God’s love for them.
Merry Christmas Everyone,
Ethan Schuber (17) is on staff at TPS Chapel and is a senior at TPS