“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
The Christmas holiday season is upon us and our focus undoubtedly will shift toward the act of gift-giving, a central part of the seasonal celebration. We will invest much thought into what gifts we are to give and to whom. Have you given any thought to the idea of “the very first gift” and to whom it was given? Slow down for just a moment and invest a few brain cells in this question, the answer may change your idea of gift giving forever.
Christmas is about the birth of Jesus Our Christ and His arrival as the promised Savior-Messiah, and his sacrificial death was “the-greatest-gift-ever-given.” Just as we quantify most events in human history we cannot overlook the order of gifts either. Christians rate Jesus’ sacrifice as the greatest, and I whole-heartedly agree, this tendency to rate things implies that there must have been some other major gifts prior to His sacrifice being crowned the greatest.
The Word speak for itself, Old Testament Scriptures in particular, speaks to the delivery of these earlier gifts with great abundance and detail. It is in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis, that the foundation of a rating system is irrefutable, but often overlooked. The very first gift was given by God on the sixth day of creation; “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Genesis 1: 26-27 ). This gift was given to man, male and female, a very personal gift from God Himself.
God could have created man in any shape, form or fashion that He desired, instead, as the Most Gracious God He would prove to be, He created us in his likeness. That my friend is some gift! My head quickly begins to swirl at the thought, I am created in His image, I look like him, I feel like Him and I can do things like Him. Entertainers know better than anyone the responsibility that comes with being like someone else. You are continuously compared and measured against that person, they represent the standard that you have chosen to be measured against. Our blessing is that we are not imitators we are created to be “God-like,” created to look, feel and behave just like the original, Jehovah Our Creator.
Our responsibility is to be god-like in our Christian life and the first act of our Creator that we should reproduce is to make someone like us. Don’t misunderstand, I’m not suggesting creating another person, if we are happy enjoying the benefits of being well-fed, clothed and sheltered, we should do all that we can to create this environment for someone else.
God created, and the outcome is that we are His image, meaning we should not be riding around this holiday season with bumper stickers that read “What Would Jesus Do” but stickers on our hearts that read “I Did What God Wanted Me To Do.” God sincerely wants you to do what He did, give someone their first gift of your love, and create for them what you enjoy. The very thought that God’s first gift was to create us in His image is reason enough to celebrate Christmas every day. Be blessed and bless someone in Jesus’ name.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Love, The Essence of Christmas (socyberty.com)
- A Unique and Amazing Look at Jesus Christ (frankviola.wordpress.com)