Saturday, Fourth Week of Advent
Christmas Eve

The angel said to them, “Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all the people; for there is born to you this day a Savior who is Christ the Lord.”
—Luke 2:10

The Gift of the Christ

Growing up, Christmas was my favorite day of the year. I’m sure many of you agree with me, and have many fond memories of Christmases gone by. Like most kids, for me, the best thing about Christmas was the presents. Christmas was one of the two days of the year that I received presents (the other being my birthday), which made it super exciting. I still remember a Christmas about 10 years ago when my Uncle gave me a Gameboy. Probably one of my favorite presents ever.

Now, I’m sure most of you are expecting me to next say that as I matured and grew older, I started to realize that Christmas was about more than just gifts. And you certainly could say that, because that did indeed happen. But, at the same time, something else happened. As I grew older, I came to realize that Christmas was actually even more about gifts. Yes, you read that right. Christmas = gifts. Well, really only one gift. And this gift was the absolute best gift ever. Trumps my Gameboy, trumps your favorite childhood Christmas gift, it trumps everything.

The gift I am referring to is Jesus Christ himself, the Son of God, who came to the Earth to save and redeem each and every one of us. Look at the passage from Luke that I started this reflection with. I’m sure you’ve seen it somewhere before. But you may not have noticed just how awesome this verse is. Read it again. Now get about halfway through it, and stop. Stop on the word You. The verse doesn’t just say there is born this day a Savior. It says, there is born to you this day a Savior who is Christ the Lord. That means there is born a savior to you, to me, to your best friend, to your neighbor, to everyone. How cool is that?

Christmas is a day to celebrate our savior’s birth, and the amazing gift he has given us. That being said, we don’t need to limit ourselves to celebrating Christ’s birth and life on only one day. The gift He gave us is eternal, and we can and should celebrate that every single day! Now, who wouldn’t want every day to be as exciting as Christmas!

—Justin Brown ‘14