Best Gift Ever

Read: Luke 2:1-14
In a recent newspaper article the question was asked, “What is the worst Christmas gift you have ever received?”  Some of the responses were interesting.  A used bread maker, a manual can opener, a ream of printer paper, a glow in the dark toilet seat, and a gift card holder with no gift cards included were just some of the submissions. What would you have shared?

Is it easier to answer that question or the question the newspaper asked the week before: “What is the best Christmas present you have ever received?”  It’s easy to think of this question in a material way instead of a spiritual way.  But which one is truly more significant? 

Some material gifts are very nice and really do bless both the giver and receiver.  But in the Bible Luke chapter 2 shares about the best gift ever given.  In fact, without this gift many things would be quite different for people around the world.  God sending his Son Jesus into the world to save us all is truly the best gift ever!

When the angels arrived to proclaim the good news of Jesus’ birth in verse 11 they said, “Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.”  No gift can compare to the salvation, grace, and eternal life in heaven that Jesus provides for us.  He is the way, the truth, and the life, and provides hope for all who believe and follow him.

It’s fun to give and receive gifts during this time of year, but as we do that we must remember the best gift ever given.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  My prayer this Christmas is that you will receive this gift from God and cherish it above all others.

Make it Personal:  As we get older it becomes easier to give than receive.  It feels good to give a gift and bless another person.  However, one of the requirements of this best gift ever from God requires us to receive it, believe it, and accept it as the free gift that it is.  We cannot earn it by being good, doing things, or being perfect.  We must simply accept this free gift that God offers through the life of Jesus.

Have a very Merry Christmas Everyone, Pastor Glen Rhodes