Who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men Philippians 2:6-7 ESV
One year we had a Muslim exchange student in our home from Kosovo. At Christmas his mother and younger brother came for a visit and we had the honor of telling them the Christmas story. Sitting by the Christmas tree I curiously asked, “Do you know why we put a star on the top of our tree?” Looking at their blank stares I realized they didn’t, so I said, “That was the star which guided the wise men to Jesus.” Then I asked, “Do you know why we give gifts at Christmas?” This they also had no idea of, so I excitedly explained, “They are like the gifts that the wise men brought.” I was suddenly realized that for the first time in my life I was getting to tell the Christmas story to someone who had never heard it!
Imagine the day before Jesus’ came while He was still in heaven with His father. We are accustomed to hear of Jesus being God’s gift for the world. But on Christmas He was not just sent to Bethlehem, Jesus freely chose to come. Unlike the gold frankincense and myrrh, Jesus’ journey to Bethlehem was His own desire. He looked down and decided, “How wonderful it will be to live out this Christmas story for people who have never heard it before!” The great gift of Christmas was not just a tiny baby in a manger but the great heart of Jesus Christ on the night He chose to come to our world!