The Gift that hung on the Tree
During this Christmas Season, another Christmas will go by for a father who will look out the window, hoping to see his child walking up the driveway, a phone call, or when the door-bell rings, he will rush to answer, hoping his child has come home, but did not. He will greet the guest with clouds of disappointment hovering over his brief smiling face, because it wasn’t who he was hoping for. The rest of the family may show up with holiday cheer, but they can clearly see the decorations of his wardrobe, the tinsel in his smile, and the flickering light shining in his eyes, like the flickering light on the age-old star that sits on top of the tree. The light that once shone so brightly in the beginning, like one of a joyful heart, now flickers from a broken heart.
The present will still be wrapped underneath the Christmas Tree, waiting to be unwrapped by his cherished child, but it too will end up packed away with the others, like the packing, and storing away of sins; which becomes like a heavy burden.
God sees our sin, but by grace, He sent His Son to take the punishment, He hung on a tree totally unwrapped, beaten so badly, no one could tell He was a man. The Son of God, came down from heaven through the virgin mother; wrapped in rags, and laid in a bin filled with hay. The scent was that of manure, unlike the sweet aroma of cinnamon and vanilla, we have in our decorated homes. He came as a babe, with one purpose, He offered Himself as the sacrificial Lamb to save the world, and paid our debt.
As all gather around the Christmas Tree for the unwrapping of presents, we too will be unwrapped, laid bare, and open before all, and worst, we will be judged by the One who looked out the window, ran to the door, called, but we did not answer, the One we rejected, the Christ-Present, the One Gift, that was waiting to be opened, the One who was hung on a tree, Jesus Himself, who will judge the world!
But there is Good News and Jesus still says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28).
You may respond by saying the things you have done are un-forgivable, but again, He says, A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness, he will bring forth justice… (Isaiah 42:3). Justice was fulfilled when He took your punishment and paid the ultimate sacrifice for you!
May the Father run to you when He sees you coming up Calvary Road!