God’s gift of Christmas is not just the gift of Gladness brought about by the coming of His Son, but also the Gift of His Son Himself. “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isa. 9:6, NKJV). We see two things here. First, God gave us a human gift—“a child is born.” This speaks of the humanity of Jesus.
How did this happen? It happened through the virgin birth. Jesus was virgin born. In the words of Jerry Vines, “He had a human mother but no human father.”
The Bible says that we are all born into sin (Rom. 5:12). We are born with a sinful nature in us, passed on by our first parents, Adam and Eve. But Jesus was born without a sinful nature. The sinful nature of Adam was not passed on through Joseph, for Joseph was not his biological father. The sinful nature of Adam was not passed on through Mary, for she conceived in the power of the Holy Spirit. The Gift of God’s Son is the gift of a sinless humanity.
Second, God gave us a divine gift. “Unto us a son is given.” Last week, I told my son and daughter that we will exchange gifts this Christmas. I said that each of us will buy a gift for each other. Jomart will buy a gift for Jan Marie, Mommy, Daddy, and manang Neneng. Jan Marie will buy a gift for her mommy, daddy, kuya, and manang neneng. Then on Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, we will each open our gifts. The gifts don’t have to be expensive. It can cost only P20, 50, or a 100, and no more. What is important is the spirit of Christmas.
When I told Jomart about it, he immediately said, “yes.” But when we told Jan Marie about it, she was not so excited. She didn’t want to spend money!
The prophet Isaiah said that unto us a son is given. This speaks of the deity of Christ. “As a child of man, Jesus was born; but as the son of God, Jesus was given. Notice the son was not born, the son was given.” “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isa. 9:6, KJV).
Now this prophecy is yet future, but to the Hebrew mind of Isaiah, it is so vivid and real that it is as good as done. And so Isaiah uses the perfect tense, “a child is born, a son is given.” This Son is given by God to you and the world today.
My question to you now is: Have you received this gift? Have you received God’s gift of His Son? The Son was given to die on the cross for your sins. The Son was given to pay the penalty of your sin. The Son was given to save you from your sins. Have you called on this Son to be your personal Savior?
You see, we don’t worship the babe in the manger, but the Christ who died on the cross. Millions today venerate a small boy made of wood. But Christ did not remain a baby or a small boy. He grew up to do His father’s will—to sacrifice his life on the cross and pay the penalty of our sin. That is why He came to this world. Then on the third day, He rose again and showed Himself to His followers—all flesh and blood. Afterward, He ascended into heaven. Jesus is now seated at the right hand of God in heaven—in a resurrection body of flesh and blood. The Christ we worship today is not a small boy made of wood, but of a grown man of flesh and blood.
I will not ask you if you believe in the baby in the manger. I will ask you tonight if you have received the Christ on the cross. That is the most important question you need to answer tonight, before you leave this room.
The message of Christmas is the gift of His Son—Jesus Christ, who died for your sins on the cross. Would you like to receive Christ, God’s gift this Christmas, as your personal Lord and Savior?
 Jerry Vines, “What a Name!,” http://www.sermonsearch.com, accessed December 10, 2008.