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The Best Christmas Gift Came Wrapped in Flesh

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

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Some people spend a lot of time and money on purchasing and wrapping gifts to give family members and loved ones. Even though the wrappings are beautiful to look at, they are ripped off gifts with excitement by the recipient to see what is inside. Many gifts are wrapped in beautiful seasonal wrapping paper, festive bows, and ribbons. Some gifts come in envelopes or decorated gift card boxes.

In recent years, people began dropping their presents in gift bags that are filled with paper to keep the gift in place until the recipient takes it out of the bag. All those are good ideas to keep the gift hidden until it is given and opened by the recipient.

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How the Greatest Gift Was Wrapped

God did not wrap His gift in paper or put it in a gift bag as most of us do. The wrapping on God's gift was unique. God sent us a gift that was wrapped in flesh. Something else that was unique about the gift was that the gift was for everyone and not for only one person.

Over two thousand years ago, God wrapped His Son in flesh in heaven and sent Him to earth to be wrapped in swaddling cloths and was laid in a manger as a sign (Luke 2:12).

The gift was and still is the best and most everlasting Christmas gift. It did not have to be ordered online or picked up from a department or toy store. The greatest gift was not delivered by the United States Post Office, United Parcel Service, Federal Express, or Amazon Prime. It came straight from heaven without any of those shipping methods. However, the gift did come by special delivery for all who would accept the gift.

The gift doesn't need batteries, accessories, activation, assembly, or registration. The only requirement is to accept the gift, embrace the gift, and tell others about the gift so they can share it as well.

Jesus' Birth Foretold

Hundreds of years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of God’s Son: "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" (Isaiah 9:6).

Some people question the exact date of Jesus' birth, but no one knows the exact date that Jesus came to earth. The celebrated date of His birth is on December 25 every year no matter which day of the week that date falls on. By faith, Christians believe what the Bible records about Jesus' birth. They are confident that Jesus did come to earth wrapped in flesh. He grew up to be a man that was both human and divine, and He fulfilled His mission by dying to redeem us all from sin and death.

How to Use the Gift God Sent Us

During all our goings and comings at Christmas and at other times, God wants us to use His gift because it is always available. Of all the gifts you will receive at Christmas, know that the greatest gift of all was the one that God sent you.

Other gifts might break, rust, and be thrown out. However, Jesus came to earth to dwell among us to be a gift that keeps on giving.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us" (John 1:1, John 1:14).

The gift God sent us is unique. It is one of a kind because only God could have sent a gift wrapped in flesh. Jesus came as flesh to be like us to save us and to be an example for us. He also came as a friend, a protector, a provider, and an intercessor for us.

There is nothing wrong with exchanging gifts with family members and loved ones, just do not forget why you are celebrating Christmas. Do not leave Jesus out of His own birthday party.

Remember that while Jesus' birth is celebrated on only one day of the year, Jesus is with us every day. Therefore, we do not have to wait until December 25 comes around every year. We can and should celebrate Jesus every single day.

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