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Remember The Wrapping

At our house some Christmas events are the same each year. Among them is my wife Martie’s appeal to the kids and grandkids as they attack their gifts: “Save the paper, we can use it next year!” Martie loves to give nice gifts, but she also appreciates the wrapping. Presentation is part of the beauty of the gift.

It makes me think of the wrapping Christ chose when He came as a redemptive gift to rescue us from our sinful selves. Jesus could have wrapped Himself in a mind-boggling show of power, lighting up the sky with His presence in a celestial show of glory. Instead, in a beautiful reversal of Genesis 1:26, He chose to wrap Himself “in the likeness of men” (Phil. 2:7).

So why is this wrapping so important? Because, being like us, He is no stranger to our struggles. He experienced deep loneliness and the betrayal of a dear friend. He was publicly shamed, misunderstood, and falsely accused. In short, He feels our pain. As a result, the writer of Hebrews tells us that we can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:16).

When you think of the gift of Jesus this Christmas, remember to keep the “wrapping” in mind!

Lord, thank You for wrapping Yourself in our
likeness! Remind us that You understand our
struggles and that we can confidently take advantage
of the mercy and grace You offer to make us victorious.
Don’t disregard the wrapping of the best Christmas gift of all.

Insight

Philippians 2:5-11 is perhaps the greatest declaration of Christ’s deity and humanity in the Bible. In His incarnation, Jesus did not replace His deity with humanity, but added humanity to His deity; He did not cease to be God, but surrendered the independent use of His divine powers and the right to manifest His own glory as God. Before He went to the cross, Jesus prayed that the Father would restore to Him the glory He had with the Father “before the world was” (John 17:5). Jesus’ prayer was answered when the Father “highly exalted Him and [gave] Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).

22 thoughts on “Remember The Wrapping

  1. sixftninejustin says:

    Brother Les my wife and I have been listening to you for the past 4 and a half years everyday.We look forward to hearing your warm voice and daily message.You will definitely be missed and we doubt ANYONE can fill your shoes but we will at least give him a chance to try.LOL May GOD bless you,your family and Our Daily Bread ministry for delivering the Word to us every day.Take care Les,you will be truly missed!!!!!

  2. sandy229 says:

    Jesus came to rescue us from ourselves is a true lesson in humility. I have failed so many times when I tried to make it on my own but by the Grace of God I am forgiven! I can only do what God enables me to do, and serve others as Jesus did. The one person I thought I would never be able to love, God loved this person through me and showed me that I could love this person. Much has happened this year, and God has shown me so much about being humble. Thank you ODB for this lesson today!

  3. mruppert says:

    That’s quite an analogy there on gift wrapping.

  4. bigskysue says:

    Thank you for this message this morning. I am so in awe of the humbleness shown by our Savior. May we be aware daily in our walk,,,,of this lesson for us. I love you Lord!

  5. chibu says:

    Give God a gift of love for sending his son to be born in a manger. Thank you Lord for such a love.

  6. praise the lord says:

    Hi Everyone,
    Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. Our minds direct our outward actions.The key word is bondservant. Biblical bondservant is the one who chooses to serve his Master until death.

    Jesus came to bring Glory to GOD, to restore creation to its original splendor, and to provide forgiveness to man. To redeem everything that was lost after the fall of man.

    John 5:30 I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent me.
    Jesus was obedient to the Father. He showed compassion, he was prayerful showing His dependence with the Father, He did not exalt Himself, and He was willing to suffer.

    Our mindset and response to Jesus’ for laying down His life can be seen in the following scriptures:

    Matthew 16:25 For whoever will save his life shall lose it; and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

    Romans 12:1-2 Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

    God bless you all.

    1. jerome00 says:

      Amen! Romans 12:1,2 one of my favorite passages. Thank you for sharing and Gods continued blessing upon you and yours.

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