“Thanks be to God for His Indescribable Gift!”
(II Corinthians 9:15)
Pastor Tom Townsend Shares
If you are like me, each Christmas brings the challenge of finding and giving the “perfect gift” to those who are part of my life. You see, I want my friends and family members to know how much I care about them and how committed I am to them. I want them to know that my love is not only demonstrated at this time of the year, but is a love that is 24/7/365. I want to express my affection for them and invest in a way that demonstrates my love. But no matter how hard I try, I have yet to give the perfect gift. Each year I seem to be limited in time and resources, so I always come up “short.”
As I think about Christmas and the real “reason for the season,” I have discovered that God has given us the Perfect Gift. It is the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
It is the perfect gift because it is a Gift of Love. John 3:16 reminds us that: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Romans 5:8 states that God “demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christmas is a demonstration of God’s gift of Love.
It is the perfect gift because it is a Gift of Ultimate Value. Paul declared in Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” It was God’s own Son who came to earth as a Babe born in Bethlehem. It was God’s own Son who lived a perfect life and validated His message with works and wonders. It was God’s own Son who went to the cross and made payment for our sins. God could not have given us anything more valuable than His Son.
It is the perfect gift because it is a Gift that Lasts. Jesus said in John 10:28: “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” The gift of eternal life that is discovered in Jesus Christ is a gift that has no end. It is a gift that provides an assurance of God’s love not only in this life, but the next.
Are you looking for the perfect gift? Do not overlook the gift that God makes available to you through His Son. The Bible says, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). This Christmas, receive the perfect gift and trust the Christ of Christmas as your personal Savior.
No matter how hard you try, you will never give the perfect gift, but you can receive it. If you would like some help so that you can discover God’s “indescribable gift,” feel free to contact us at Calvary Baptist Church. Make this Christmas a time of thanksgiving to God for His Perfect Gift, the gift of Eternal Life through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Pressing Toward the Mark,
Pastor Tom – Philippians 3:14