What’s the greatest gift you’ve ever received? I have been given lots of beautiful gifts at Christmas time and for my birthday. Two particular gifts, however, stand out in my memory. The first was when I was a teenager, my parents gifted me a ‘debt paid in full’ certificate. I had a credit card loan to pay for a car accident which I shouldn’t have caused because I didn’t even have my licence. Talk about a gift undeserved! The other was receiving my engagement ring from Troy early one Christmas morning 16 years ago. Such a special memory! There are of course gifts in life that come from our experiences. Travelling overseas and seeing remarkable sights, holding your newborn child for the first time, overcoming sickness, I could go on.
My children are very excited about receiving their Christmas gifts in a few days time. I find their excitement infectious; it really is a special time of the year. Our family started the tradition a few years ago of having cupcakes for breakfast on Christmas morning. It’s not just that I need an excuse to eat cake for breakfast, we do it to start the day off by remembering Christ’s birth. Our children are still young, and we find it a simple and fun way to remember Jesus’ birth and talk about why He came.
I don’t know how you celebrate Christmas, or whether you have memories of wonderful gifts or not. But I do know that God wants everyone to know about the greatest gift; the gift of His Son, Jesus.
How do we come to understand Jesus as a gift? John 3:16 says ‘For God so loved the world he gave his only Son’. The gift of Christmas is God becoming a human being in the person of Jesus Christ. As we read in John 3:17, Jesus came to save the world. Jesus is the gift of redemption, of hope, of grace, of love, because Jesus came to pay the price of our sin. He truly is the greatest gift; an eternal, holy, indescribable gift! I pray that this Christmas we take time to rightfully worship Him, and that we accept with grateful joy and humble reverence the gift that has been given to us, our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! (2 Corinthians 9:15)
Love & Peace to you all,