My brother looked at the belt he had purchased for my father. It was a great gift—a perfect gift for my father’s old belt was frayed and ready to break.
“I want to surprise him. But how does one wrap a belt? It’s going to be pretty obvious.” His face brightened as he thought of a solution. Using an assortment of different sized boxes, he placed the belt in the smallest of them. Wrapping that one, he inserted it into the next box, and so on until he had a succession of neatly wrapped boxes within the largest box.
After two hours, he was satisfied the belt had been sufficiently disguised. When Christmas morning arrived, my brother bubbled over with excitement. “Hurry up, and open my present Dad!”
My father reached for the meticulously wrapped box and shook it. “What could this be?”
Before my father could open the first box, my brother could no longer contain his excitement. “You’d never know it was a belt, would you, Dad?”
In recent months, suicide bombers continue to make headlines. Looking to find Heaven through self-destructive means, they have been duped. How sad that so many believe that the path to Heaven is hidden within a series of boxes, and we must dig our way through tons of wrapping to find the secret of Eternal Life.
When God sent his Son, he took no pains to hide the truth. From the beginning of time, God prophesied how Messiah would be born. It was no secret that Bethlehem would be the Savior’s birth, a small village next to Jerusalem where the slaughtered sheep were bought.
When the time came for the promise to be fulfilled, God sent a heavenly choir to announce the birth. A star shone so brightly that even men in the East studied its significance.
Rather than hide God’s gift in layers of distractions, His perfect gift was wrapped in revelation.
For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that men are without excuse