“He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 18:2-4
1. Christ Came as a Child: Christmas celebrates the day God became a child. Both Son of God and Son of Man, he was born to take away the sins of the world, by living and giving the only sinless life that the world has known. Yet, he took no short cuts nor assumed any special privileges for himself. He was born to humble people in lowly conditions. He required the same love and care that every helpless child needs.
2. Children Gladly Receive Free Gifts: Jesus is the greatest gift ever given. Unfortunately, as we grow, we become increasingly skeptical of “free” gifts. We eventually learn that “nothing in life is free.” There must always be strings attached. A gift, by definition, is free and so is forgiveness of our sins in Christ. Children have no problem with the freeness of a gift, especially the Gift of God’s Son.
3. Only Children Can Receive God’s Christmas Gift: God’s gift of eternal life in his Son cannot be earned. There’s nothing we have to offer to merit this gift. Thus, the only way to receive the gift of God’s Son is through childlike humility, freely by faith. God doesn’t turn away adults for adulthood. He turns away those who attempt to come with self-sufficient pride. God’s Christmas gift can only be received like a child.
This Christmas, I hope you can become like little children, putting aside any pride or self-strength, and freely accept the Gift that God has freely given.
“God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.” – 1 Corinthians 1:27-29