Over the past few months most people have been spending a lot of time trying to decide what gifts to give their loved ones for Christmas. For hours on end, they’ve scoured malls and outlets and catalogues and dot coms, searching for just the right presents to purchase for each of their friends and family members. And they’ve gone to all this time and trouble because they love these people and don’t want to give them just any old gift. No, it must be the PERFECT gift.
On Christmas morning, when they open this present they want them to be pleased; they want to see by the look on their faces that they succeeded...that they got them a present that gave them great joy.
The thing that makes Christmas so wonderful is that it is a celebration of the fact that our Heavenly Father-the Giver of every good and perfect gift-thinks about you and me in the same way. As John 3:16 says, God SO LOVED the world that He gave...His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
We need to understand that in giving His Son, God gave us THE PERFECT Christmas gift. I say this because His gift of Jesus, meets all the requirements of a perfect gift. A perfect gift must:
It has to be aimed at a specific person. When we love someone we don’t just go buy them anything. No, we think and search for something aimed at their unique wants or needs.
When God sent His Son into the world....when He gave us Jesus...He had you and me in mind. Do you remember what the angel said to the shepherds that night? Luke 2:11 says that he proclaimed, Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to....YOU! When He gave us the gift of His only Son...He did so with each of us as individuals in mind.
MEET A SPECIFIC NEED
In sending Jesus into the world God was meeting our needs. He knew that as sinners, we needed forgiveness...as sinners lost...we needed saving. This is what the angel told Joseph. He said, She-
”Mary-will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name ‘JESUS,’ because He will SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.” (Matthew 1:21 ) So, as Paul wrote to young Timothy,“Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners-of whom I am the worst.” (I Timothy 1:15 )
When God gave us His Son, He DID have our deepest needs in mind. I think the verses of Scripture that make up the Romans Road say as much. “All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God...But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. You see, the wages of sin is death but the GIFT of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus.”
To really convey love to the receiver a gift must cost the giver something. The more it costs...the more sacrificial a gift is...the more love it conveys. To really convey love to the receiver a gift must cost the giver something. The more it costs...the more sacrificial a gift is...the more love it conveys.
“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” (John 3:1)
Thank You Heavenly Father for the Perfect Gift.