Jesus: A Living Gift

Isaiah 9:6  Hope of all hopes, dream of our dreams, a child is born, sweet-breathed; a son is given to us: a living gift. And even now, with tiny features and dewy hair, He is great. The power of leadership, and the weight of authority, will rest on His shoulders. His name? His name we’ll know in many ways – He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Dear Father everlasting, ever-present never-failing, Master of Wholeness, Prince of Peace. (VOICE)

What did you get for Christmas?

That was always the first question when we got back to school after our Christmas break. In our childlike minds it didn’t even seem like bragging. We were truly excited about our new treasures.

After a while, those new treasures lost their luster, parts broke, and batteries died. As Christians we received a better gift at Christmas than a temporary means of entertainment and pleasure.

photo by Nils Fretwurst

photo by Nils Fretwurst

We got Jesus.

He is the ultimate gift that keeps on giving. He is alive and active in our world and in our lives. He never wears out, gets lost, loses power. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Scripture says in Hebrews 13:8.

Nothing is really permanent in our lives here on earth. People we love die. Friends move away. Houses get old and need repair. Loved ones with a mental illness have good days and bad days.

Just remember, even in all of that, there’s something that’s truly permanent, a fixed foundation, an unchangeable focus, an anchor.

Jesus is everything we need.

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