A GIFT IN PERSON
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.”–John 1:14–17
There are times when circumstances force us to only be able to send presents to people we wish we could be with on Christmas. But there is nothing that can compare to being there in person when the wrapping paper comes off and the gift is revealed. There is a connection that is made when we are together with family and loved ones that cannot be experienced any other way.
In every human heart, there is a longing for something deeper and more meaningful than what this world can provide. Moses expressed his longing for a deep and real connection with God when he was leading the Children of Israel. The tasks which he faced required more than an abstract knowledge of God—Moses needed God with him day after day. “And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence” (Exodus 33:15).
Many try to fill the void with other things, but only Jesus can satisfy the longing of the heart. And to meet that need, He came in person. The Lord did not send a present—He came into the world and took on human form because of our great need of a Saviour. Christmas is not an impersonal story. It is the story of God’s love being manifest in a personal way…. Jesus came into this world as a visible expression of the amazing love God has for those who do not love Him.–Daily in the Word
Lakeway Baptist Church
5801 FM 1960 E
Humble, TX. 77346