“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whomsoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life” ~ John 3:16
Getting a gift always brings joy to the heart. I remember a Christmas gathering we attended during our school days. It involved a certain game wherein each of us had to bring a small gift, something not too expensive or too ordinary and exchange it with others. With much excitement we would eagerly await our turn to get the gift. We all looked forward to this each year.
One of the manifestations of love is giving. The act of giving is central to loving. We can give without loving, but we cannot love without giving. Somehow deep within the recesses of the human heart lies engrained the notion of giving to the loved one; giving is a way of showing or expressing love in action. Yes, to love is to give. But how did this get registered within the human psyche and makeup? I believe this came from the heart of God. For the Bible says in Genesis that man was made in the image of God. And the attribute of giving as an outflow of loving manifests in us because God does so. God is love. It is in the very essence of His being to give. And how do we know this? The Christmas story shows us just that.
Reading through the Christmas story penned in the gospel of Matthew, we see the wise men from the east giving gold, frankincense and myrrh as gifts. Human as they were, they brought what they thought was the best they could offer. But a gift that far outweighs them all was already given. Christ Jesus. God gave His best and most precious gift – His one and only Son, Jesus and this gift was not something spare or an extra in God’s treasures. He gave His very best. And this costed God a heavy price – He gave His all. Christ was born not for himself. But to fulfill God’s purpose on earth, that is to save us from the eternal consequence of sin and to bring joy and peace into our lives. May the peace and joy of Christ be with you.
“Dear Jesus, Lord, thank you for being born for my sake so that I can be blessed. Through You, I am saved from the eternal consequence of sin and have peace and joy. Bless You Lord. Amen.”