For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given…
And He will be called Wonderful Counselor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Have you ever been so taken aback by an unexpected gift that you were left in disbelief? What words stammer out of your mouth in such a moment? '…Really? For me? What did I do to deserve this?' And as you search your heart and realize that you don’t rightly deserve such a kindness, your words may turn to, 'No, this is too much; I can’t accept.' But the loving insistence of the giver, which has already melted your heart, moves you to receive it with gratitude as your hearts swells with love for the giver.
Consider how amazing it is that we can look to God’s gift of a Savior and say, "For TO US a child is born, TO US a Son is given." 'To us? Really? What did we do to deserve such a gift?' And as we search our hearts and find countless examples of selfishness and rebellion, we know we don’t rightly deserve such a kindness. In fact, we deserve quite the opposite. But before we turn away from God’s gift saying, 'No, this is too much; I can’t accept,' let’s take a closer look at this gift He gives us.
"He will be called
Prince of Peace."
Yes, this IS 'too much.' No, we DON’T deserve it. This is the extravagance of God! This is the extravagance of His grace that He spends on us, giving His Son TO US to spend His very life on us. And what can we do but accept this gift? For it is the gift that meets our desperate need for salvation. That’s why there is such loving insistence on the part of the Giver. May such insistent grace melt your heart and move you to receive this gift with gratitude as your heart swells with love for Him.
See how the blessings of Christmas extend throughout the year to fill your everyday life!
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Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.