But there is of course one bigger extra—God’s extraordinary gift. In the most ordinary of settings but most extraordinary of circumstances, a very special baby was born. God’s love was made manifest, and the potential for our relationship with Him took a whole new turn.
What an extraordinary Savior: “The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” He came to bring us peace with God and among ourselves. “God was pleased … through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
The apostle John tells of when Jesus’ followers met behind closed doors, discouraged and confused following His crucifixion. Miraculously, the risen Jesus appeared in their midst, telling them, “Peace to you!” The same peace is promised to us, if we allow Him into our hearts.
December might be an extra-busy month, but it’s also the month when we mark the birthday of Jesus. Don’t let this time pass us by without some special moments in the presence of the One who makes it extraordinary. “Thank God for his Son—his Gift too wonderful for words.”
Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.
A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!