The Greatest Christmas Gift
by Rick Brentlinger
(Pace, FL, USA)
Adoration of the Shepherds
by Guido Reni, 1575-1642
"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, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
- Isaiah 9:6
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:11
Above a rocky windswept hill,
Beneath a starry sky;
God’s angels sang the joyful news,
The Christ child born to die.
A lad who grew and never sinned,
A teen who loved his Lord;
A man who freely chose the cross,
A God who kept his word.
The Christmas story does not end,
On a cold Judean hill;
It continues on Mt. Calvary,
Where he did his Father’s will.
The tiny babe, the growing boy,
The honest faithful man;
Gave up his life our souls to save,
Fulfilled his Father’s plan.
He shed his blood upon the Cross,
In darkness all alone;
Bore all God's wrath against our sins
And for them did atone.
We celebrate at Christmas,
Because he lived and died;
We now can live a joyful life,
Through Christ the crucified.
We serve a risen Savior,
And carry wondrous news;
Of God’s amazing Christmas gift
For all who freely choose.
God’s greatest gift at Christmas,
Was not the baby boy.
God greatest gift at Christmas
Is resurrection joy.
Christmas is not just about the baby in the manger. It is also about the Savior on the Cross, dying alone and in shame, shedding His blood to pay for our sins. Without the Cross, the Christmas story has no meaning. Mary's wonderful baby boy was born to die. That is precisely how awful our sins are to God. He cannot ignore our sins. Instead, Jesus willingly paid for our sins to reconcile us to God.
The resurrection of Jesus is the real meaning of Christmas. The resurrection of Christ is God's extravagant Christmas gift to everyone who will receive it.
Have you ever complained that God never gives you anything you ask for? If you ask for the gift of God, He WILL give you eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. And that gift keeps on giving for eternity.
God loves you extravagantly, just as you are, right where you are. Have you accepted His free gift of everlasting life in Jesus Christ? Will you receive God's gift of eternal life right now? Merry Christmas dear friends!Return to Poems
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The painting is in the public domain.
This poem was written in 2007 for my friend JD Beeks and is published here for the first time.