Beyond Wrapping Paper

Christmas is here! 

This season allows us to be with family and friends as we eat great food, exchange gifts, and, most of all, Worship Jesus. As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”

One of the things that is enjoyable for us is exchanging gifts. There’s joy in giving and receiving them. It’s adorable when the gifts are wrapped well because wrapping paper adds to the gift. It builds the anticipation of what’s inside. 

What is a memorable gift you’ve received or given?

These gifts mean something to us; we always remember what we received and how we felt. 

But this connects to Jesus, too. 

He’s God’s gift to the world, and we can receive him. 

But when he was born, many overlooked him and missed their moment with the Son of God. This is because they were looking at his features, and they didn’t see beyond the wrapping paper. 

“My servant grew up in the Lord’s presence like a tender green shoot, like a root in dry ground. There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance, nothing to attract us to him.”

Isaiah 53:2

Notice that Jesus didn’t stand out by being handsome or taller than others, and because of that, people overlooked him. Since they couldn’t see beyond the wrapping paper, they were blind to what he had and who he was.

So, standing in front of them was Jesus, the Son of God, and they missed him. All because he didn’t stand out in his looks or stature. 

Today, we can judge Jesus, too. 

We can be religious, stuck in tradition, and even offended by him. We can go by the wrapping paper of style, past hurt, opinions, and so much more. This is a mistake because Jesus is the gift of heaven and the gift we need!

He is the gift that keeps on giving. What he is and what he has is the answer for our lives.

In Jesus is peace, healing, salvation, grace, mercy, truth, hope, freedom, purpose, empowerment, eternal life, and our best friend. Through Jesus, we live and move and exist.

“For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’”

Acts 17:28

Now it’s our turn. What will we do?

Will we see beyond the wrapping paper and let Jesus be Jesus in us? He’s willing and ready, so it’s our turn to say yes to him.

I encourage you this Christmas to let Jesus give you all of him. Receive his gift and let him be God. In fact, what can Jesus do for you?

Is it family unity, marriage health, finances, school, friendships, mental health, physical health, or forgiveness?

He can do this for you! 

Beyond the wrapping paper is God revealed, and he’s ready and willing to do something for you. 

So, here are two ways to see beyond the wrapping paper.

First, choose to believe.

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Meaning he’s doing today what he did in the Gospels. Healing, miracles, provision, deliverance, life change, and more. He’s moving right now doing great things.

But we must believe this to receive this. We have to protect our faith from skepticism, cynicism, and unbelief. These things have derailed childlike faith and have robbed people of seeing beyond the wrapping paper.

So please guard your heart and your faith. Let God arise in you with hope and expectation that he’s doing miracles and has one for you. 

Choose to believe! Jesus is working for you.

Second, choose to receive.

When a gift is given, it must be received. This makes the exchange complete. When we receive a gift, we take what is in the box, and now it’s ours.

When we choose to receive Jesus, we take who he is and what he has as ours.

We personalize him into our hearts and lives. This is where he becomes specific to us and where we’re at. This is also where Jesus becomes authentic to who we are and how we live.

Choosing to receive is a big deal; we do this daily.

Today, I’m going to receive Jesus. Today, I’m going to choose Jesus. Today, I will see beyond the wrapping paper and receive who he is. Today, I’m inviting him into my world.

This is how we can live, and this is how we can thrive. 

Choose to receive him because he’s receiving you!

I pray you have a great Christmas and that the gift of Jesus is fully revealed to you and your family.

The best is yet to come!

PD

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