Jesus humbling himself as one of us and then choosing of his own free - will to die for all of us was the ultimate gift, one that knows no measure. One that can never be re-created, never be copied. His death was the ultimate sacrifice and His resurrection was the ultimate gift. It means that death is defeated, Satan has no power over us who are God's children, it means we are free...even if we don't feel it at this moment we are free and we are supposed to be working out our Salvation with Jesus every day of our lives.
My family and I aren't exchanging gifts this year. I'm sure the kids will get gifts from aunts and uncles and grandparents but the 4 of us aren't doing gifts. The reality is we don't have the money. At first I was a little disappointed and my husband wasn't a happy camper but the more I was thinking about it, the more I realized there's nothing on this earth that I need. God has provided for every single need I or my family might have. There's nothing in this world that I really want. No fancy earrings, no new clothes, new shoes. So maybe not doing gifts isn't that strange after all. All of the presents in the whole world will never measure up to what Christ did for me that day on the cross. If you need it to be more personal think of it this way..
As Jesus was carrying that cross up the hill He thought of you. He said, "I'm going to do this today because many many years from now there are going to be children that need me, so I'm going to do this today and then many years from now they will look for me and when they look for me they will find me and then they will know what I did for them.
That's the ultimate Gift you can think about this Christmas and then you can begin to celebrate Christmas every day because Christ's gift goes on and on, not just one day a year or one month out of the year, it's eternal, it's forever.
Today, I'm thankful for the Ultimate Gift...nothing else will ever compare to what Jesus continues to do for me every. single. day.