It’s fun to give and receive gifts.
As any kid knows, Christmas and gift giving go hand in hand. We exchange gifts with family and friends as a way to commemorate God’s gifts to us.
The Christmas narrative in Matthew’s Gospel includes the story of wise men from the east who brought gifts for Jesus. Jesus received gifts from these visitors, and Isaiah tells us that Jesus himself was a gift:
6 For a child is born to us,
a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders.
And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 His government and its peace
will never end.
He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David
for all eternity.
Verse 6 says “a son is given to us.” Jesus is God’s gift to us, the one sent to save us from our sins, to remove the barrier separating us from God. John says that all who believe and receive this gift have the right to become children of God. No gift on earth can compare.
The Word gave life to everything that was created,
and his life brought light to everyone.
The Advent season enables us to focus on receiving gifts: Jesus is God’s gift to us. And Jesus gave life to everything. This season also emphasizes that the greatest gift we can give to God is to worship Him by receiving His gift of Jesus.
The gifts we give each other cannot compare to this, no matter how extravagant. But the simple act of exchanging gifts with others reminds us that we were created to both receive and give.
What are some of the other reasons you celebrate Advent?