Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself to be born of a virgin. “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.” (Luke 2:11) Bethlehem is the town of David, and means House of Bread. Bread was especially important for sustained life in those days. This child was born to be the Savior of the world, the Messiah. “Jesus declared, ‘I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.'” (John 6:35) Jesus came to earth to do His Father’s will. “For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” (John 6:40)

We live in a broken, sinful world. But the Lord loves us even though we don’t deserve His grace and mercy. “This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9) So today, especially, I am grateful for His sacrifice and His great love. Whatever present lies under the Christmas tree will pale in comparison to the greatest gift I ever received. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

But whatever the gift is that I will unwrap, it is a testament to love I share with my husband, who is also a gift from my Lord. Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” (1 John 4:7-8) Because everything that we have, things and people that we love, are gifts from God; He made all things. And our only true and proper worship is to give thanks to the Lord for all that we have. “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Cor. 9:15)