If you knew for sure that you would get it, what is the one gift you would want for Christmas? That question was brought up in our sermon yesterday, then I spent the afternoon watching various "Christmas" movies concerning people making, granting, and receiving their wishes. Most of the movies showed people wanting love, family, peace. Some people wanted success, fame and fortune, but then realized that those other things were more important. Plenty of mushy, feel good sentiments for the day.
As I thought about it, I think that deep in our hearts most of us really want the same things. We want everyone to have enough to eat, be healthy, have peace, be happy, feel loved and life to be fair. That is what so many politicians make promises about. It is what so many people protest for. These things are the gift that was given to us by our Creator that very first Christmas.
As He promised long before that night, God sent us a Savior. His name was Jesus and He came to save His people from their sins. Saving us means that we now have a relationship with God that allows us to be with Him forever. Sending Christ means that God is about the work of restoring His creation to its original glory, to perfection. Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ, but it is also about reminding us that God is working to give us the thing that we most desire. When Christ came, lived a perfect life, died and rose again, He defeated Satan and began the work of restoration. That is the gift I long for as do so many of you. Now, I just wish that He was working on my time table and not His. So, here is to the hope we have in the restoration of all things and the joy we will share together will all who believe the Truth.