Christmas as we celebrate today is gift-giving and gift-receiving. Why do we give gifts during Christmas season?
About seven hundred years before Jesus Christ was born, the Prophet Isaiah prophesied, “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever” (Isa. 9:6-7 NIV). Obviously and without any shadow of doubt, the Prince of all prophets is referring to the Lord Jesus Christ.
By Christian tradition, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, was born on CHRIST-mas day, December 25.
Since then, we celebrate yearly the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ on December 25, the day God the Father “gave us His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him, shall not perish but shall have ETERNAL LIFE” (John 3:16).
On this day, mankind received from God the best of the best gift of all time, which is ETERNAL LIFE through faith in His ONLY begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
This best and most precious gift of all is available to all who believes, repents of their sins and who accepts the gift by faith. This kind of faith is defined in Hebrews 11:1 which says, “NOW faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (NIV). In the King James version which is the nearest translation to the Greek original in which the New Testament was originally written, this is how it reads: “NOW faith is the substance of things hope for, the evidence of things not seen” (KJV). The significant words are NOW, present tense, not later in the future. SUBSTANCE and EVIDENCE of things not visible to the human eye, or are still being hoped for (future) but the believer is already sure and very certain of what he does not yet see with his naked eyes. Men usually have this expression, “to see is to believe”. Man says that he has to see, touch feel or read it so he will believe. God says, “believe and you will see” (with your spiritual eyes). In the courts of law, evidence must be something we can see, touch, feel, smell and read, so it shall be competent as evidence. In the spiritual realm, it is the reverse. We do not see ETERNAL LIFE as a gift from God, it is only a promise; we are yet hoping but we are already sure and certain that it is true or it shall happen or it already exists.
To the normal ordinary person, Christmas is a season of giving and receiving gifts that are material or physical or something we can see with our naked eyes, or touch with our hands, or we can smell, but these gifts are but temporary and they will soon pass away.
But the gift of God to the believers which is ETERNAL LIFE is spiritual, through faith in His only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. This gift is available to everybody who will accept and receive His only begotten Son by faith as his only LORD and SAVIOR. Blessed is the one who repents and receives the Lord Jesus Christ as his only LORD and Savior for he will resurrect and have ETERNAL LIFE just like the LORD JESUS CHRIST.