The Extraordinary King
Did you know that a staggering 23% of Australians (aged over 15) re-gift? That means, this Christmas, in Australia alone, there will be some 7 million re-circulating presents!
The tradition of giving goes all the way back to the first century, where the wise men gave gifts for the baby Jesus (Matthew 2:11). They knew he was special. They had an inkling that he would be a king – they were right, even exceeding their wildest imagination.
Today, experiences seem to be over taking over as our desired gifts. Christmas is the time that we remember that the earliest disciples had the most incredible experience – and they wanted to tell the world.
Jesus came into the world to become the King of the world, and for an eternity. Jesus came into the world to enable us to have life and to have it to the full (John 10:10).
83% of Australians say they have received a ‘useless’ gift. But Christmas is the time that we remember that we have been given the most magnificent gift. Jesus became the King of the world by something no one expected – and that was His death on the Cross, and his resurrection from the dead. It was this sacrifice that means we have the opportunity to be forgiven.
We do hope that you have a wonderful Christmas this year, and that you have or will enjoy opening your presents. Like those of the wise men, they remind us that Christmas is the time that we celebrate the Coming of the King.