Sermon for Christmas Eve 2014
Text: Luke 2:1-20
Theme: God’s Greatest Gift For You!
How do you decide which present to open up first? – It’s a relevant question this time of year. You have a stack of presents sitting in front of you, which one do you open first?
How you answer partially depends on how patient you are – do you save the best for last, or do you open the best first? Either way, one of the fun parts about opening up presents is trying to judge a gift by its wrapping – to try and guess what’s inside.
In my family, my siblings and I had to take turns on Christmas. We couldn’t just tear into our presents willy-nilly – we got to open one present and then we had to wait for everyone else to open a present before we could go again, so the order mattered. For me that meant deciding which presents looked boring from the outside and which looked like they had potential – I’d open the boring ones first so my present opening could end with a bang.
One of the first things I’d look at is the size. If it’s a really big present, there’s some natural intrigue. What could be hiding behind all that wrapping paper? Sometimes the really small presents are the interesting ones – bigger doesn’t always mean better in the world of presents. If it was about 18”x12”x3” (in my present opening experience), it almost always means clothes – as a kid what I considered a pretty boring gift.
Sometimes the gift giver influenced the decision.
If it was from Mom and Dad, it was probably new socks or a new church outfit. But if that gift was from Grandma Eva, or from Santa, it stood a better chance of being one of those big ticket presents – the ones that made me bounce off the walls in anticipation – because you expect fun, big, exciting presents from people like Grandparents and Santa.
What if this year you found a present under the tree address “From: God?” What kind of size, wrapping, and content would you want in a present from God? Continue reading