Isaiah 9:6 “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Good things come in small packages! Each Christmas there are many packages of different sizes nestled under the tree. The brightly colored wrappings and decorative ribbons please the eye and tantalize our curiosity about what special something could be inside each box. The biggest gifts draw the most attention. They are what you see right away. But it has been my experience that the best gifts are often the ones in the smallest packages.
Christmas 1988 was a special one for me. Dad and I had been dating for a couple of years and had decided to get married. He asked me at Thanksgiving but because we lived in two different states and didn’t see each other on a regular basis there was no time to make the engagement official. A month later, at Christmas, Dad presented me with a diamond ring. It was a small gift in size but the best gift I received.
When Dad gave me the ring it wasn’t just a piece of jewelry. It was the beginning of a relationship on a different level. We knew that we loved each other and would spend our lives helping, protecting, sharing, encouraging, and working together. It was a gift that would last our lifetimes.
The very best Christmas gift ever given in history also came in a small package. The Son of God came as a tiny baby. He wasn’t wrapped in colorful blankets, but in strips of common cloth. He wasn’t laid in a comfortable cradle, but in a manger full of hay. His entrance into the world was very humble, but this tiny baby was so much more than any other child ever born.
His birth was accompanied by a bright star that led wise men from a distant land to search for Him. His birth was announced to shepherds on a hillside by angels of heaven. His birth gave the world a Savior, and through Him all who received would be blessed.
This child would be a king. The government of the whole world – physical and spiritual – would rest upon His shoulders. His many names would reflect all that He would bring to the world. He is the Wonderful Counselor – His infinite wisdom guides us in every and all circumstances. He is the Almighty God – nothing is outside of His power. He is the Eternal Father – He is one with God the Father and His kingdom will last forever. He is the Prince of Peace – His birth, death, and resurrection brought the possibility for peace with God for all who will believe in Him.
Good things come in small packages. And the best small package ever to come to earth was a tiny baby born in Bethlehem on Christmas day. This fragile human body contained all that each person could ever want or need – a Savior who could set them free from the tyranny of their sin and restore their relationship with God.
Give thanks for God’s small Package this Christmas. He is all you will ever need.
This gift is for you.