The best gift of all is not found under the tree, but was nailed to the tree.
(taken from Once-a-Day 25 Days of Advent)
We are about to celebrate the birth of the Son of God, the firstborn over all creation — not the first created being, as some religions falsely claim, but the one who holds our universe together and without whom we would have neither life nor breath. His birth in Bethlehem has implications for all of us. Jesus was born on earth so that we could become God’s children too, all of us. The gospel Jesus brought was for everyone, then and now. It destroyed all barriers among people: social, racial and gender-related. Our unity is based on our new identity as children of God. That is what we are! Our status in Christ far surpasses any earthly advantages we would have over one another. There is no room for pride. No distinction of slave or free, no wealthy or poor, no in or out.
We are all God’s children. He has sent the Holy Spirit to be within us. We can “hear” God speak to us through His Word. We can speak directly to Him in daily prayers. He hears the cries of His children, “Abba, Father.”
All this is our Christmas gift from Him. It’s a free gift. We cannot earn it. We cannot work for it. All we need to do is accept the gift.
God loves us and wants us to be with Him, to love him. He accepts us as we are. He has a plan for each one of us. He wants us to be close to Him for all eternity. God sent His Son to earth, the baby whose birth brings us Christmas, to make that happen.
But when the set time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are His child, God has made you also an heir. — Galatians 4:4–7