words of inspirational wisdom
In Isaiah 9, the Prophet Isaiah says that “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace.” In the third chapter of John we read that God “so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son.” In this Christmas season, we remind ourselves that it is better to give than to receive. Why do we think that? Is it some altruistic utopia that we wish to present to ourselves, or it is something more sinister, and fraught with sin?
Two thousand years ago, we were given a gift. A gift that we have refused, ignored and even flatly rejected for the most part. God gave to us, his people, the gift of eternal life through his Son. And yet, as a society, we constantly reject the condition of the gift. We try to change the way the Gift was given to us. Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No man cometh to the father but by me.” How is it that people can still try to justify their righteousness through their works on earth? Jesus even said that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven. Still, we ignore or try to justify our own self-worth. Entry into heaven is not done through a balance between good works and sin. Any sin…any at all…will outweigh everything good a person has ever done.
What is a gift? Something of value given freely from one to another. What could be more precious or more valuable than one’s own son? Would we not do nearly anything to protect our own families? Would we not jump in front of a gun to save the life of our children? Yet God freely gave to us his own son. He knew that his son would experience persecution, torture and death. And yet, he still gave up his own. In the bible, in addition to the power that Lucifer sought (and still seeks), he was a jealous angel. He was jealous of man, because God exalted man above all the heavenly and earthly beings. That was why he sought to tempt Jesus in the desert. That was why he turned the hearts of the Jews against Jesus. God knew hat all of this would pass, but still he gave us the gift.
Today, we still have access to that gift. That gift is still available for us. All we must do is accept it. Unfortunately, we have not. We let our pride, our anger, our self-importance get in the way. We have done everything that we can to ensure that even the mere mention of Jesus, or God, or salvation within government halls results in the ostracizing of the person who has mentioned it. Instead, we have a society where we think that government of the people is all that we need. It would be so easy to accept it if it were true, but it isn’t. Dear reader, the problem is not the government. The problem is not religion. The problem is, and always will be, sin.
Fortunately, we have a way to beat it. Only one Way. We must focus on that which is the Truth. We must focus on that which is Life.
This Christmas, let us try to remember that there is a Gift we have not opened yet. A gift found not under a tree, but born in a stable nearly 2,000 years ago. A gift that is everlasting.
Won’t you open that gift?