Have you opened the package yet?

Yesterday was my last Sunday at the church I’ve been a member of for the past five years or so and I very much appreciated the Advent sermon preached by guest preacher Pastor Daniel Zuch of Beheimgasse Baptist Church.

I guess the heading could have been, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

He said that a while ago at a ministers’ breakfast in his part of town a Roman Catholic priest gave a devotional during which he said that most people walk around much of their life with the gift of Christ wrapped up like a gift parcel, and never got around to opening it by faith.

Daniel had with him a gift-wrapped box which he said represented God’s gift to us, and he then proceeded to open the box and show us what’s inside it:

  • A NATIVITY SCENE representing the incarnation of the Son of God: born in a cave and laid in a lowly animal feeding trough — so unlike anything we would expect.
  • A CROSS, representing Christ’s suffering on our behalf.
  • A CROWN, because the king who was born in a stable now sits at the right hand of the Father, and is King of kings and Lord of lords.

Throughout the sermon he quoted from my favorite Christmas song, “Mary did you know”, and finished his sermon with a video clip of CeLo Green singing the song while scenes of Christ’s life from his birth all the way to the cross flashed by on the screen.


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