By Randall Webster
“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, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”
Martin Luther said, “The heart of the giver makes the gift dear and precious.” Can you imagine the heart of God when His Son was born? It was a gift directly from His heart. He gifted all of us with the very best He had, something that was most precious to Him, His only child whom He had been with since eternity. God handed him over to mankind to be abused, mocked, scorned, doubted, and eventually killed. Not for anything He had done was the gift torn to shreds but for us He was crucified. It was our sins that were on trial and condemned. This is how much God loved us, despite the way we treated God’s most precious gift. It is still serving us with nail scarred hands wide open, beckoning us to come and find rest for our weary and parched souls. Those of us who have discovered the torn gift have found it to be Wonderful beyond what we could imagine. We also have found Him to be our Counselor when we are confused, and a Mighty God that stills our storms. He is the I AM that is at the end of every need we have, a good and everlasting Father. He is the Prince of Peace of our hearts and minds. This Christmas, may you view this image in your head of a wonderful gift given to an unappreciative world who discarded Jesus as common and even at times offensive. Then think of your contrasting response to Him and say thank you, for He gave you the grace to recognize how precious He is and that He is still giving to you.