I have celebrated many Christmases with the exchanging of presents.  I can remember the faces of my children when they opened many of the presents.  They are now grown and have families and most of those presents are no longer.  They may have memories, but the actual present is no longer.  I can even remember back to when I was I child and many of the present I received.  Again, many memories, but I do not have a single one of those presents any more.  For the most part they probably just wore out or I outgrew them.  I’m sure in a closet somewhere, one of them may be hiding, but I certainly don’t know where.

    Think about all the present you have received.  How many of them do you still have?  I’m sure if we go back more than four or five Christmases we will find we have very few of them.

    This year, as you open presents, try to think about the one present that was given that will last for an eternity.  When Jesus was born, He brought with Him the gift of eternal salvation, the opportunity to live in the presence of God forever.  When He died on the cross He presented that gift to us.  But as with any gift, it is up to us to receive it.  The acceptance is easy.  “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” (Romans 10:9, KJV)