There are so many things on the Christmas wish list for children and adults. As we look around our world filled with violence, destruction, and neglect for the poor, we need more than things for Christmas. We need Jesus for Christmas. Often we confuse our needs with our wants. Many of us have convinced ourselves that we need a cell phone. We can’t leave our house without our phone, and we are guilty of holding our phones in our hands even when they are not in use. We also use our phones at the risk of our lives and the lives of others by texting and driving. The truth is that we can survive without our cell phones. The cell phone is a want, not a need.
We all remember the story of the lame man at the gate called Beautiful. Peter and John had approached, and the crippled man looked at them with the expectation of receiving some coins. Peter responded to this request with this: “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” The man stood up and leaped for joy. We are in many ways like this lame man. We have been conditioned over a long period of time to believe that what we want is the same as what we need. For this reason, we do not ask for what we need. We seek what we want. What we need is exactly what Peter gave this man at the gate called Beautiful—Jesus.
We need less of us and more of him. We need Jesus for Christmas. We need love, healing, grace, mercy, joy, and power for Christmas. Give me Jesus for Christmas. When Jesus is under the Christmas tree, we can count on having the encouragement and the strength to do what we need to do. Toys, jewelry, cologne, and computers cannot bring us peace or deliver us from depression—only Jesus can do this for us. How can we truly enjoy the things we are given while lying on a mat? We need an encounter with Christ to enable us to get off the mats of hurt and pain so that we can leap for joy and experience what we need and have the ability to truly be happy with getting what we wanted.
The wonderful part about Jesus as a gift is that we can receive him without even asking. Jesus offers himself up to us daily. All we have to do is to accept him. God gave Jesus as a gift to the world, and Jesus gave his life so that we could have the gift of salvation.
It is the gift that keeps on giving, even when we give out. Give me Jesus for Christmas.