WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?

JOHN 1:14, 16: “And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us; and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa 40:5]…For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift” (AMPLIFIED BIBLE).

OBSERVATION: What do you want for Christmas? As we scramble to get ready for one of the greatest celebrations of the year, wrapping presents, cooking and baking all the family favorites, is it possible that we might miss the greatest gift of all?

Let’s take an imaginary peak into the home of Mary and Martha as they prepare for their Christmas celebration. Martha is checking her gift list frantically, wrapping presents, baking up a storm, trying to get out the last Christmas card, and cleaning the house to make sure that it is ready for family. What is Mary doing? She is taking time to meditate upon the Christmas story, preparing her heart for worship services, praying for those who need to know the Savior, and reflecting on the wonder of the incarnation.

In all honesty none of us find ourselves in either scenario. Truth be told, we are all somewhere in the middle. Yet, it makes a big difference to which side of center we are. We can always get caught up in the periphery of Christmas, and simply miss the greatest gift of all – CHRIST! Years ago I wrote a song with this chorus.

The greatest gift of all, can’t be bought or sold,

The greatest gift of all, is the story of old,

Of a lowly manger, and a blood stained tree,

Where Christ was born, and where He died for you and me.

The Amplified Version of John 1:14 and 1:16 shows us the wonder of this greatest gift. Take a moment with me and ponder the wonder of the incarnation.

“And the Word (Christ) became flesh (human, incarnate) and tabernacled (fixed His tent of flesh, lived awhile) among us…”

  • IN JESUS CHRIST – GOD HIMSELF BECAME A HUMAN SO THAT HE COULD LIVE AMONG US, IDENTIFY WITH OUR SUFFERING, BEAR OUR PAIN, HEAL OUR HEARTS, AND SAVE US FROM OUR SIN!

“…and we [actually] saw His glory (His honor, His majesty), such glory as an only begotten son receives from his father, full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth. [Isa 40:5]…”

  • IN JESUS CHRIST – WE WERE GIVEN THE PRIVILEGE OF SEEING OUR CREATOR, UNDERSTANDING THE HEART OF THE FATHER, RECEIVING AND EXPERIENCING HIS GREAT LOVE, AND LEARNING HIS ETERNAL TRUTH!

“For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor upon favor and gift [heaped] upon gift” (AMPLIFIED BIBLE).

  • IN JESUS CHRIST, WE RECEIVE LIFE, ETERNAL LIFE, ABUNDANT LIFE, BOTH NOW AND FOREVER. OUT OF HIS FULLNESS WE RECEIVE GRACE AND STRENGTH, ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS, AND EVERY NEED SUPPLIED ACCORDING TO HIS RICHES AND GLORY!

When we look at the presents under the tree this year, and when we compare them to the one unspeakable gift that was given on that very special night over 2000 years ago, may our hearts truly proclaim…

The greatest gift of all, can’t be bought or sold,

The greatest gift of all, is the story of old,

Of a lowly manger, and a blood stained tree,

Where Christ was born, and where He died for you and me.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

In Jesus Name!

About Kirk's Devotional Journal

Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy to follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com. Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to rcoutreach@aol.com and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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1 Response to WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS?

  1. Amen! Thank you, Kirk! And Merry Christmas blessings to you!

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