The Gift: On the Tree or Under the Tree

1379Of the many gifts that were given on Christmas day, the greatest was not the one that was under the tree.  It was the One who was born in the manger and would later hang on the tree–the cross of Calvary.

Jesus is the gift who, “came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.  But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right (power) to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Notice the groups in the verses above:

  • Those who were naïve about their spiritual needs.
  • Those who would receive Him as Savior.
  • Those who could perceive the source of their right and power to become what God desires them to be.

Which of the three groups above best describe you?  When was the last time you took a spiritual inventory?  Are you claiming your right and power to live the life God has designed for you?

Today is Christmas

This is the time of year when the mystery of the Old Testament prophets is understood in the fulfillment of that pinnacle of prophecies—the incarnation of Christ.  The birth of Jesus is the axiom of Christianity.


Today is Christmas day, and it is the day when the dignity of Deity was clothed in human flesh and was born in an insignificant manger.  Today we celebrate the birth of the Magnificent Messiah and the Savior of the world, and we can truly sing, Joy To The World.

Merry Christmas!