Parable of a Gift

May your Christmas be blessed

with the most precious gift of all!

christmas gifts
Photo by Olya Kobruseva on Pexels.com

The wrapping didn’t sparkle or depict beautiful wintery scenes. No, this gift came wrapped in strips of woven cloth. The few who knew of the gift wondered at its worth without fully discovering its beauty. It was a gift not for one but for all who would receive it.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David

a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you:

Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,

lying in a manger.”

Luke 2:11,12

A small number kept the gift close to their heart as each year peeled away the wrapping strip by strip to reveal the treasure beneath.

“In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”

Colossians 2:3

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field,

the which when a man hath found, he hideth,

and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath,

and buyeth that field.”

Matthew 13:44

By the time the last piece of cloth was ripped away others looking on had lost their wonder. This was not the treasure they thought it to be. In their haste the people angrily stripped the last shred of wrapping from their gift. This was no treasure, no pearl but a worthless rock.

“He came unto his own, and his own received him not.”

John 1:11

“But when the Pharisees heard it, they said,

This fellow doth not cast out devils,

but by Beelzebub, the prince of the devils.”

Matthew 12:24

They dashed their disappointment against a wall breaking it into pieces.

“Pilate therefore, willing to release Jesus, spake again to them.

But they cried, saying,

Crucify him, crucify him …

And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary,

there they crucified him …”

Luke 23:20,21,33

“And, behold,

the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom;

and the earth did quake,

and the rocks rent;”

Matthew 27: 51

The few who loved the gift wrapped the pieces in a linen cloth and buried it. They held its memory beneath their broken hearts until the day one passed by the buried pieces.

The earth could not hold the pieces.

“And, behold, there was a great earthquake;

for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven,

and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it…

And the angel answered and said unto the women,

Fear not ye:

for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.

He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.

Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Matthew 28:2,5

The broken pieces had become a great immoveable unbreakable stone, a living stone. King Nebuchadnezzar saw this stone in a dream. Daniel interpreted the dream’s meaning in Daniel chapter 2. The stone the king saw was –

  • “cut out without hands,
  • which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay,
  • and brake them to pieces.
  • Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together,
  • and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors:
  • and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them:
  • and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain,
  • and filled the whole earth…
  • And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,
  • which shall never be destroyed…
  • the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter;
  • and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.”

This stone is a living stone.

“The stone which the builders refused

is become the head stone of the corner.

This is the LORD’S doing;

it is marvellous in our eyes.”

Psalm 118:22,23

“To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men,

but chosen of God, and precious.”

1Peter 2:4

Those who loved the gift understood how precious it was and found in their brokenness, it to be their hope and strength.

“Ye also, as lively stones,

are built up a spiritual house,

an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,

acceptable to God by Jesus Christ…

unto you therefore which believe he is precious:”

1 Peter 2:5,7a

Those who do not find this stone precious will be crushed to powder by its strength.

“And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken;

but on whomsoever it shall fall,

it will be ground to powder.”

Matthew 21:44

Jesus tells us in his parable –

“Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine,

and doeth them

I will liken him unto a wise man,

which built his house upon a rock:”

Matthew 7:24.

That rock is Jesus who was also the Rock the Israelites drank from.

“for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them:

and that Rock was Christ.”

1 Corinthians 10:4

By the way, the foolish man in Christ’s parable built his house on sand –

“and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”

Matthew 7:27.

The gift has been opened for all to receive. The wise will find him precious for in him they will find life. The foolish reject him and reject the life He offers. What will you do with gift the Father has given?

Such a Man

blog fathers-day-822550_960_720“And Jacob begat Joseph, the husband of Mary,

of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ…

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise:

When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph,

before they came together,

she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.”

Matt. 1:16,18.

We know little of Joseph who stands to the side in each manger scene. But his role is vital and scripture helps us see he indeed was a faithful man, a man fathers today would do well to emulate.

Wouldn’t you find it hard to believe if you were in Joseph’s sandals? All Israel waited for Messiah. I imagine every Jewish girl hoped for the honor of God upon their lives. And now a young girl waiting to consummate the vows of betrothal declares she is with child of the Holy Ghost. What kind of man had God chosen to bring up His Son in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord”?

Joseph was a carpenter from Nazareth, a respected profession in an obscure village in the northern region of Israel. I don’t know why God  chose Joseph.  I do know God proved His wisdom in choosing him, and He showed us what He desires in a man who is the head of the family,

“…even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.” Eph. 5:23b.

Fathers have a grave responsibility to train their children and it begins with a godly example. Joseph was such a man.

“Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man…”

Joseph consistently chose observance of right and equated with others who walked with God.

  • “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.”(Gen. 5:24).
  • “…Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”(Gen. 6:9)
  • . “…there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel…” (Luke 2:25).

Joseph displayed love, compassion, and a kind heart when faced with a trying situation – one in which he first believed he had been betrayed.

“…Joseph her husband…not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.”

Joseph did not yet know Mary’s circumstance. He only knew he wasn’t the father of the child she carried. This putting away (divorce) could be done privately or publicly, but required a bill of divorcement. Joseph’s kind heart would not allow him to hurt Mary in this way.  He exemplified,

“Be kindly affectioned one to another,

with brotherly love;

in honor preferring one another;”(Rom. 12:10).

For –

“Charity suffereth long, and is kind…”(1Cor. 13:4).

Joseph did not act rashly but considered all things.

”Joseph…while he thought on these things…”

He thought before he acted. He sought God. We don’t know the following was his prayer but it describes what I might feel in a trying situation.

“O God, thou art my God;

early will I seek thee:

my soul thirsteth for thee,

my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;”

(Ps. 63:1)

The Lord God answered Joseph’s need.

  • “…the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying,
  • Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife:
  • for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost…
  • Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him,
  • and took unto him his wife:”

Joseph pleased the Lord for he was a man of obedient faith.

“But without faith it is impossible to please him:

for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,

and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”(Heb. 11:6).

 “Even so faith, if it hath not works,

is dead, being alone.”

(James 2:17).

Joseph and Mary, two ordinary people, born after the image of sinful Adam, yet, chosen by God to be used in the revelation of His mystery of the gospel. We don’t hear anything of Joseph after Jesus’ twelfth year. We do know he continued to obey the Lord’s direction and fulfill the law for God’s Son. With this he leaves us the gift of a godly example to follow.

  • Live justly
  • Walk in faith leading to obedience
  • Please the Lord
  • Be a man of prayer
  • Display love, affection, compassion

If we desire our country to return to God, it will begin in our families with godly husbands raising their children with the aid of godly mothers after Deuteronomy 6: 4-7,9:

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart,

and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.

And these words, which I command thee this day,

shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,

and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,

and when thou walkest by the way,

and when thou liest down,

and when thou risest up…

And thou shalt write them

upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” 

My children, grandchildren and great-grandson are blessed to have godly examples as was I. Many are missing this ingredient today. Fill the gap if possible and pray for the restoration of the godly family, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our future.

Who has been a godly father to you? It doesn’t have to be a blood relative. Praise God for them and if still living, thank them.

Do You Hear Them?

blogchristmas-1010749__340“…the shepherds said…Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which…the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” Lu. 2:15b,16.

That is what the shepherds saw, but what did they hear when they looked into the face of God?

“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners

spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

Hath in these last days spoken unto us

by his Son…”

Heb. 1:1,2.

Did they hear the crowd of witnesses the writer of Hebrews spoke of in chapter 12? Did they hear the seraphim crying out,

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts:

the whole earth is full of his glory.”

(Isa. 6:3).

Did they hear the Psalmist singing of God’s faithfulness?

“I will sing of the mercies of the LORD for ever:

with my mouth will I make known thy faithfulness to all generations…

I have made a covenant with my chosen,

I have sworn unto David my servant,

Thy seed will I establish for ever,

and build up thy throne to all generations. Selah…

Also I will make him my firstborn,

higher than the kings of the earth.”

(Ps. 89:1,3,4,27).

Did they hear Isaiah proclaim the man this baby would become?

  • “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me;
  • because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek;
  • he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
  • to proclaim liberty to the captives
  • , and to the opening of the prison to them that are bound:
  • To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
  • and the day of vengeance of our God;
  • to comfort all that mourn…give…beauty for ashes,
  • the oil of joy for mourning,
  • the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
  • that they might be called trees of righteousness,
  • the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”(Isa. 61:1-3).

Did they hear the Lord speak to Moses, saying,

“I will raise them up a Prophet

from among their brethren, like unto thee,

and will put my words in his mouth;

and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him…

whosoever will not hearken unto my words

which he shall speak in my name,

I will require it of him.”

(Deut. 18:18,19).

Did they hear Abraham reassure his son?

“…My son,

God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering…

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh:

as it is said to this day,

In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”

(Gen. 22:8,14).

When the infant cried, did the shepherds hear Isaiah describing the suffering to come to this little one?

“He was oppressed, and he was afflicted,

yet he opened not his mouth:

he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter,

and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb,

so he openeth not his mouth…

for the transgression of my people was he stricken.”

(Isa. 53:7,8b).

When his mother comforted him, did they hear David’s victory song over death?

“…my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth:

my flesh also shall rest in hope.

For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell:

neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.”

(Ps. 16:9,10).

Did they hear Daniel reveal the baby King’s future glory?

  • “…in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom,
  • which shall never be destroyed:
  • and the kingdom shall not be left to other people,
  • but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms,
  • and it shall stand for ever…
  • the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter:
  • and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.” (Dan. 2:44,45).

Look on the face of the infant lying in a manger and you will see,

“…his Son…

Who being the brightness of his glory,

and the express image of his person,

and upholding all things by the word of his power,

when he had by himself purged our sins,

sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;”

(Heb. 1:2a, 3).

Listen and you can hear him.

“God…hath…spoken unto us by his Son…”

“Verily, verily, I say unto you,

He that heareth my word,

and believeth on him that sent me,

hath everlasting life,

and shall not come into condemnation:

but is passed from death unto life.”

John 5:24

“I am the way, the truth, and the life:

no man cometh unto the Father,

but by me.”

John 14:6

“All that the Father giveth me

shall come to me;

and him that cometh to me

I will in no wise cast out.”

John 7:37

“Come unto me,

all ye that labour and are heavy laden,

and I will give you rest.”

Matthew 11:28

Our sin is a loud we were not made to carry. Its weight can only be lifted by the little One who was born to die. He has taken our sinful flesh from the manger to the cross. He invites us to come and lay our load at his feet. Listen and you will hear his voice speaking your name.


Have you heard Jesus call your name would you share with us when?

If you haven’t heard Jesus’ invitation to come to him, listen closely. It’s probably not an audible voice you will hear but a whisper in your heart.

It’s Time to Kiss the Son

Psalm 2 doesn’t fit the ordinary Christmas meditation. Then again, Jesus’ birth fills the quota of extraordinary –  announced hundreds of years before taking place, born of a virgin, heralded by angels, and declared the Son of the Highest.christmas-2874137__340

“I will declare the decree:

the Lord hath said unto me,

Thou art my Son;

this day have I begotten thee…

On the day of his birth all the prophecies concerning his birth came together for those who would see the eternal Son of God in the flesh. Jesus is the begotten Son of God which impresses on us the relationship between the Father and the Son. They are of like character and being. God the Father is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. So is the Son. God the Father is eternal. So is the Son.  With this revelation comes these instructions for we who dwell on the earth.

  • Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:
  • be instructed, ye judges of the earth.
  • Serve the Lord with fear,
  • and rejoice with trembling.
  • Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little.
  • Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” Ps. 2:7,10-12.

The common greeting of a kiss among those of the Middle East indicates a relationship between the parties; closeness, harmony, peace and devotion. Kissing a king implies submission and loyalty to him, resulting in peace.

Going to Isaiah 9:6 & 7, we are told:

  • “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
  • and the government shall be upon his shoulder…
  • Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David,
  • and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever.

The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

Many wonder when the Lord will perform these things. Even more deny these things will ever come to pass and pay no heed to the Psalmist’s instruction to , Kiss the Son. The Apostle John relates the when in the Book of Revelation.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying,

The kingdoms of this world

are become the kingdoms of our Lord,

and of his Christ;

and he shall reign for ever and ever…

they sing the song of Moses the servant of God,

and the song of the Lamb, saying,

GREAT AND MARVELLOUS ARE THY WORKS, LORD GOD ALMIGHTY;

JUST AND TRUE ARE THY WAYS, THOU KING OF SAINTS.

WHO SHALL NOT FEAR THEE, O LORD, AND GLORIFY THY NAME?

FOR THOU ONLY ART HOLY:

FOR ALL THE NATIONS SHALL COME WORSHIP BEFORE THEE…”

(Rev. 11:15; 15:3,4).

It shows the foolishness of people to think we could fight against God and come out the victor. The Apostle Paul tells us all will, Kiss the Son. All will one day realize who Jesus is and will bow before him.

“For it is written,

AS I LIVE, SAITH THE LORD,

EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW TO ME,

AND EVERY TONGUE SHALL CONFESS TO GOD.

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”

Romans 14:11,12

May we join the heavenly host today in,

“…praising God, and saying,

Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

(Lu.2:13,14).

As we look on the baby lying in a manger think on who He is and don’t forget to, Kiss the Son. It is the only way to know his blessing of  peace on earth now and be among those who rejoice at his second coming.

“And every creature which is in heaven,

and on the earth, and under the earth,

and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them,

heard I saying,

Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,

be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,

and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.”

Revelation 5:13


Adapted from, “Kiss the Son” posted in 2017. Thank you for reading. May the words bring you the peace and joy God delivered in his Son.