At this time of year, my thoughts wander to another Lamb who was also born in relative obscurity, unaccompanied by fanfare, whose presence on Earth was known only by a relative few. As I think of Him, my heart fills with wonder; wonder at the miracle of His birth, wonder at the purity of His life, and wonder at the perfectness of His being. I also wonder how many times He has been right there, in my barn so to speak, waiting for me to discover Him. Often I am surprised by His presence; surprised and very happy.
Christ is THE gift; His presence is our present. His birth was the first Christmas gift and His atonement makes His gift last; thanks to Him we can last forever as resurrected beings, living with our families in eternal peace and joy. First and Last, Alpha and Omega. Praise (and thanks) be to God and the Lamb, forever and ever, Amen!
P.S. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) created a short (about 3 minutes) video titled "He is the Gift" that is a must-see. Powerful and poignant, it shares a message that connects all of God's children, regardless of of race or religious affiliation. I highly encourage you to watch it (again!). http://www.mormon.org/christmas?cid=HPFR112814529