“Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is righteous and endowed with salvation, humble and mounted on a donkey, even on a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9).

Each year it seems retailers are promoting the Christmas shopping season at an earlier date. Between all the wreaths, garland, bells, stockings, and sentimental commercials enticing us to buy, and buy more, the words of the prophet are a timely reminder that what God has sent forth in Christ Jesus cannot be acquired, purchased, wrapped, and given; only received. Regardless of how much we pretend they can, the things of God cannot be found in the secular things that crowd our lives and thinking. The message of his salvation cannot be charged to a credit card or contained in an ornately decorated boxes. As it has been humbly given, it can only be humbly received.

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