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"Favorite Things: Brown Paper Packages"

August 19, 2004

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Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3

In the Broadway musical “The Sound of Music” Maria comforts the von Trapp children during an evening thunderstorm by singing them a song about her favorite things. She includes in her list “brown paper packages.” We delight to receive a package in the mail, even though wrapped in a plain brown paper cover. We eagerly open the plain package to see what treasure lies inside. Whatever the contents, we appreciate receiving the gift with its mystery inside.

In a very real sense God’s greatest gift, Jesus Christ, came to us in the equivalent of a brown paper package. The eternal Son of God slipped into this world as a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes in Bethlehem’s manger. Although He was and is the most priceless Treasure possible – the Son of God who has won forgiveness for the world – He did not display his glory (except for occasional glimpses) in the cities and towns of the Holy Land or on the ugly road to Calvary. Rather that Treasure remained hidden in the “brown paper package” of His humility and servanthood. Only in His resurrection and ascension did Jesus Christ shine forth as King of kings and Lord of lords.

The next time you receive one of your favorite things in the mail, think of Christ, your greatest Treasure, for now and for eternity!

PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for coming into this world for me as a “brown paper package.” Let me never be offended by the lowly outward form You took when You were here on earth. Amen.

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