Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | December 25, 2017

The Gift Given

“But these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God; and by believing you may have life in His name.”  John 20:31 (HCSB)

Hidden beneath the pine branches in the far back of the tree was the gift.  The one missing.  Its once beautiful wrapping was torn, and the package was bent.  The bow squished by the other presents.  Overlooked in the midst of names called and gifts given.  Till one who had not received wondered if they had been forgotten. And so the reaching and searching began until the not pretty package retrieved was given.

Now let’s just admit it – no one wants to be left off the Christmas list.  We want the perfect gift.   We drop hints in anticipation of receiving amazing and not settling for less. We eagerly exchange the gift we don’t want.  It didn’t fit.  It wasn’t the right color.  We already had one.  Easily discarded because we wanted something else.

Tucked away in the little town of Bethlehem, a gift was given.  The coming of the Messiah was the long awaited Savior of our world – the very Son of God breathing life into darkness.  He was to be our King and Deliverer, yet His arrival was not the expected.  A lowly manger, where a child was born of the virgin Mary seemed uncommon, too ordinary.  No room in the inn and no nurses to care for this little One destined for greatness.  Hidden away from palaces and wealth, yet the Messiah’s entrance was full of humility, hope, peace, joy and redemption.  The perfect gift from God to man.

Wonder if we’ve overlooked His gift in the midst of seeking perceived perfect?  Wonder if we’ve given up on receiving held captive by the words forgotten?

Wonder no more sweet friend.  The babe in the manger – the Messiah –  came for you and me.  Despite His humble beginnings on that first Christmas morn, the Savior of the world is everything we need. Forgiveness, grace and healing; the perfect gift we’d never exchange.   To the seemingly forgotten, He welcomes with open arms.  And in the midst of our searching and seeking, the Messiah offers Himself.

Don’t settle for less, simply believe and unwrap the glory of the One who came.

“Father, too many times we’ve overlooked the priceless gift of Your Son – the Messiah – coming to our world.   Draw our hearts to the babe in the manger and help us to receive the most wondrous gift of all.”


For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life


Merry Christmas to you and your family from Women’s Life Devotionals.

Praising the One who gives us His words to share each week  – what a blessing it is to serve you.


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