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The Greatest Gift
Below is the text from a flier my husband wrote and I designed for a school we are working at here in Hong Kong. I hope you enjoy it and it reminds you of why we should be celebrating this season. I’m also making the design for this flier freely available as well, so make sure to check out the bottom of the post so you can download this free design!
Growing up, I loved Christmas morning. I would often wake at 3:00 in the morning and carefully tiptoe down the stairs to the Christmas tree. I was on a fact-finding mission. I needed to discover how many gifts under the tree had my name on them. But I needed more information than just the “quantity” of presents that were mine; I wanted to know the “quality” of them as well! So I would carefully and quietly pick each one of them up, judging the weight and gently shaking each one to see what I might learn.
A few hours later it was time to unwrap the presents. I couldn’t wait! This was the biggest event of the year for me. As a family we would each stake out a section of the living room, and then my mother would begin handing us all our presents, which would soon turn into piles. I loved hearing her say the words as she looked at the nametag, “And this one is for….Bobby.” After all the presents had been handed out we would then go around the room, taking turns and opening our presents one-at-a-time. Above all other times in the year for me, it was a time for giving and receiving gifts.
In America, when people think about Christmas, they think about getting and giving gifts. It’s just the way Christmas is done.
Today this mindset of getting and giving at Christmas has certainly reached across many cultures and is in many countries. I am certain that here in Hong Kong, there are many boys and girls hoping for that perfect present to open up on Christmas morning. There will be many surprises on Christmas morning that leave many children with wide smiles.
So why is there such an emphasis upon giving at Christmas time? Sometimes the hectic pace of the holidays, the desire to get, as well as the pressure to give might keep the real answer hidden. But all we have to do is consider the first five letters of Christmas, and we’ll understand. Christmas is all about CHRIST!
To Christians all around the world, Christmas means celebrating the birth of Christ. We give in order to remember the greatest gift that has ever been given — the gift of a Saviour. For hundreds of years leading up to Christ’s birth, God had promised that one would come to save people from their sins. And when the time
was right, God sent Jesus to save us from our sins. Look at what the Bible says.
- Galatians 4:4-5 “But when the time had come, God sent out his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. That he might make them free who were under the law, and that we might be given the place of sons.”
Jesus, Who is the Son of God, humbled Himself and was born of the virgin Mary. He grew up as a little child near Nazareth in Israel. He was fully human yet at the same time, fully divine (fully God). He lived a perfect life, even throughout his childhood. Jesus never dishonored God and His Law. As Jesus grew He became a carpenter, just like His human father, Joseph. But his real mission was to accomplish the will of his heavenly Father. And Jesus began this mission when he was about 30 years old: healing people, teaching people, and pointing them to God.
However, there was one important event for which Jesus had come, and His entire life on earth led up to it. This event was the Crucifixion. At the cross Jesus Christ was beaten, whipped, and tortured. He was taking punishment upon Himself that was meant for other people. The punishment was for sinners but Jesus was not sinful. Jesus Christ took our place and paid the price of our sins against God. Since there was no way for us to reach God, God came to us in the person of Jesus Christ. This is why Christ remains the greatest gift. Without His coming and being born, we could never know God.
- John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, I am the true and living way: no one comes to the Father but by me.”
- Romans 6:23 “For the reward of sin is death; but what God freely gives is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
I hope this Christmas season that you will pause and acknowledge the greatest gift that ever was or ever will be: the Lord, Jesus Christ.
I’m happy to offer this design completely free of charge. Included are both the front and back page designs excluding the text and personal pictures. This is a great backdrop for a family Christmas letter or a holiday church tract or program. Simply click here or on the image to the left to download a zip folder containing both images as well as a complementary, matching power point slide background.
These are high resolution images, and each was formatted for A4 sized paper, but because of the white border and base, it can easily be printed on standard 8.5 x 11 paper as well without affecting the design. Let me know if you have any questions or comments, and as always be sure to contact me if you need any customized graphics.
These images are free for non-profit use, but are not to edited or reproduced for resale in any way.
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