10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. Luke 2:10-12 (NIV)
There is a word that we'll probably hear more than any other this month…The word “gift.”
Beginning with Black Friday some have already begun the frantic hunt for gifts. We search and search for just the right gift, at just the right price, in the just right size, in just the right color. And like a miracle right out of a Christmas story there it is, “One Size Fits All.”
Ladies know what I’m talking about. It could be a hat, a purse, a scarf, a necklace. Whatever it is, you determine, “This will be a good gift for momma… and for my sister Angie, for Aunt Cathy… the office gift exchange…” The label says, “One Size Fits All, ” so, you buy several of them.
A true “One Size Fits All” should fit every single person perfectly – right? One year I received a “one size fits all” pink nightgown with “Bullwinkle” reindeers all over it. I tried to re-gift it to a good friend. As unique as it was, she politely insisted it didn’t come close to fitting her – in size or style! Yet, we hear that claim all the time, “One Size Fits All.” Clothes, cars, furniture, jewelry - everything I have ever seen that makes such a claim falls way short, except for one gift. The Christmas Story makes the bold claim of a gift that is “One Size Fits All.” This first Christmas gift says the angel, is “for all people.”
Men and women, young and old,
Rich and poor, tall and short,
Husbands and wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.
Red and yellow, black and white,
World leaders and scout leaders,
Important people and not important people.
People who showed up to church last week and those who didn’t.
All nations, all backgrounds, All people…
God looked at the human race and determined the best gift He could give every person was to be saved from our sins. On Christmas Day, we celebrate the fact that God has given us the gift of His own Son, Jesus Christ, that through faith in Him, we might be forgiven of our sins and receive eternal life. Jesus is for everyone and truly is “One Size Fits All.” As we relive the CHRISTmas story anew, may we be mindful of this great gift we have and seek with earnest hearts to re-gift Him to others.
Prayer: Dear God, Amidst the giving of gifts, the excitement of the season, help us to remember that Jesus is the most important gift we can receive and give away. May we be His Christmas gift of love to others. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
In His Word,
Reverend Dee Dee