by Ken Trivette

God's Christmas Wrapping
Ken Trivette
Luke 2:12


1. The Miracle of God's Wrapped Gift
a) In the Census There Is a Miraculous Control
b) In the Child There Is a Miraculous Conception

2. The Mark of God's Wrapped Gift
a) A Scene of Humiliation
b) A Sign of Confirmation

3. The Message of God's Wrapped Gift
a) He Was Born That He Might Die
b) He Would Die That We Might Live

1. I recently came across Dave Barry's thoughts about the gifts that were brought by the Wise Men to Jesus. He suggested that if one analyzed carefully the story there is an often overlooked theological fact in the story. There is no mention of wrapping paper. Why? First, they were wise. Secondly, they were men.

2. When it comes to wrapping gifts, it seems that men seem to lack the necessary skills in this area. You can always tell which gifts under the tree were wrapped by men. The best thing for men that has come along in a long time is gift bags. All they need to do is put a name card on the gift bag and their work is done.

3. Thinking about gift wrapping, each year an estimated 8,000 tons of Christmas wrapping paper is used and Christmas wrap sales exceed $2.6 billion annually. Fifty percent of all the paper consumed in the U.S. is used for gift wrapping and decoration. Christmas wrapping paper was first sold by Hallmark in 1917.

4. At Christmas time we think about the greatest gift ever gave. It was when ''God so loved the world and gave His only begotten Son'' (John 3:16). I don't think we could put a number on all the gifts that have been given at Christmas, but there is no question that of all gifts ever given, God's gift was the greatest.

5. Do you realize that God's great gift was also wrapped? The Bible tells us that when Mary ''brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes'' (Luke 2:7). The message of the angel to the shepherds was, ''And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothe ...

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