The Perfect Gift
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THE PERFECT GIFT
Every Christmas as we prepare gifts for those that we love and who
are special to us in some way, we may wrestle with thoughts of the
inadequacy of the gifts we have purchased or even made. Measured
by our standards they may not be nice enough or special enough in
some way. Perhaps not exactly the best color or size or design.
Sometimes we even question if "enough" is enough?
As I reflect on why I give gifts at Christmas and the one true GIFT of
Christmas, I am struck by the perfect completeness of God's GIFT to
man. JESUS. When I think of Jesus, I know that God is the author of
true gift giving. There is no room for questions or doubt concerning the
appropriateness and completeness of God's gift. Only God could so
thoroughly and perfectly know the needs and desires of man's heart.
Only God could fashion a plan that would for all time, to all people, be
the ultimate, one-time gift to the world.
And He chose to do this through a baby. A baby born into
poverty. A sinless baby born into a sinful world. "God himself
became flesh and made his dwelling among us"(John 1:14). Think of it!
What an undeserved, incredible gift!
Did the GIFT stop there? Of course the answer is, NO! This is the
gift that kept on giving. From the beginning, this baby had one
purpose in life. That was to complete God's plan. The plan was to do
the Father's will. The plan was to lay down His life. The plan was
supreme sacrifice. The Father sent the Son to be the "Savior of the
world"(I John 4:14). It is through His laying down His life that God's GIFT is
complete. Because of Christ's sacrifice we can have: forgiveness of sin,
eternal life, the Holy Spirit, a relationship with the Father, fullness of life
and much, much more.
Yes, God's one true GIFT to the world is "enough " in every way.
He came to us wrapped in swaddling cloths, cradled in a manger.
This perfect gift is Jesus.
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