by: Jeff Poppinga
How hard is it to find the perfect gift? Well, that often depends on who you are shopping for, right? Some people are easier to shop for than others! It is not uncommon to hear people talk about finding the perfect gift for someone or to hear someone lamenting the fact they can’t find the perfect gift. Since gifts and gift giving is something that is normal to our Christmas celebrations and since so many are looking for just the right gift, I thought I could tell you about The Greatest Gift ever.
The Greatest Gift ever is one that has already been given. The competition is over, The Greatest Gift has already been given and there will never be a greater gift. The Greatest Gift ever did not come beautifully wrapped in a box topped with an exquisite bow, nor did it come in a shiny gift bag topped with matching tissue paper, nor was it placed in a stocking hung by a mantle. The Greatest Gift ever is not just for men or just for women or just for boys or just for girls. The Greatest Gift ever is not just for the rich or the poor or the powerful or the weak or the healthy or the ill. The Greatest Gift ever is not just for Americans. The Greatest Gift ever is not something you can find in a store near you or on the internet with a few clicks of a mouse. The Greatest Gift ever is not something manufactured by man or made in a factory. It does not come off the assembly line but is a one of a kind find.
The Greatest Gift that was ever given came wrapped in swaddling cloths and was placed in a manger on the first Christmas. The Greatest Gift ever is not just for one group or one gender or one age but reaches across all boundaries and has been sent to the world of mankind. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). The Greatest Gift ever is given by God even though people did not deserve it. If God had checked His list to see who was naughty or nice, His list would reveal that “all have sinned and fallen short” (Rom 3:23a). Even though we deserved death, God was gracious and gave The Greatest Gift ever to us. “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 6:23).
The Greatest Gift ever is eternal life in Christ Jesus the Lord. This gift is for all who will receive it. It is the gift that truly keeps on giving. Are you still looking for the perfect gift this Christmas? Look to Jesus for He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly (John 10:10). “Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift” (2 Cor 9:15).
Glory and Praise to God
Grace and Peace to you,
Pastor Jeff Poppinga