Let me ask you a question… Is there any such thing as, “The perfect Christmas gift?” Have you ever thought for months, planned for weeks, gotten everything together, for what you knew would be the perfect gift for so-and-so’) You were so excited that you could hardly wait for them to get it. But maybe you didn’t turn out just perfect!!!
How do you know the perfect gift when you see it? What requirements does it have to meet? And who decides it is the perfect gift; the giver or the receiver?
If you want to give the perfect gift; it should be…A PERSONAL GIFT. “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son… “John 3:16
If a gift is going to be appreciated it takes some thought. It needs to take into consideration the person, their likes, their dislikes, their personality, their needs, their interests. A gift needs to be personal reflecting their personality… or maybe giving something of yourself. And when God sent his Christmas gift… it was personal. It was God’s own personal Son, His only Son, the Son that He loved. But it was more than that it was God himself… in the flesh.
And it was tailor-made for you personally. He came to die for YOUR sins… the sins that YOU PERSONALLY committed. And he came to bring PERSONAL FORGIVENESS, PERSONAL SALVATION, PERSONAL PEACE…God did not just pull an angel off the shelf and send it saying, “Well, I just feel like I have to give them something.” NO!!! God spent time considering our personal needs, our sin, our separation thinking of the best way to save us. And he came up with this idea I WILL GO TO THEM PERSONALLY AND PAY THEIR PRICE PERSONALLY. Jesus was the Perfect Gift and the perfect gift is a personal gift.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God… The wages of sin is death. ” Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23. When God sent His Perfect gift it was Practical. There was nothing we needed more.
Romans 3:23 and 6:23 say that we had all committed sins and the result was that we were all separated from the love and mercy of God and were on our way straight to Hell. We were trapped in the swamp of our sin, unable to help ourselves and we were dying a slow death. God knew just what we needed. What we needed more than anything else and that is what he gave us. Not another ritual, not another commandment, not another prophet. We needed a redeemer, someone to come and buy us back from hell, someone who could pay our price so that we would not have to. There was only one gift that could “fill-the-bill”.. Jesus!
I thank God that He took the time to consider my needs, to care about my needs and then, that He loved me enough that he was willing to give past the point of comfort, past the point of ease he was willing to give a gift that cost him dearly. Jesus is the perfect gift because HE IS A PERSONAL GIFT. HE IS A PRACTICAL GIFT, A PLEASING GIFT AND A PERMANENT GIFT.
When God sent His Perfect Gift it was permanent. He sent his love, his forgiveness, his mercy, his presence, his strength, his help, his guidance. And it was not temporary… Jesus Christ is an eternal gift God will never take it back even if we are undeserving or ungrateful.
Posted by Fay-An Swearing
December 15, 2013
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