The excited anticipation of a gift-giver is one of the special joys of Christmas. You know the feeling – when you just can’t wait to see how your loved one will react when he opens that “perfect” item you found for him or when she finally sees that thing you made just for her.
Sometimes reality meets or even exceeds our anticipation. Other times, our excitement is quickly deflated by the receiver’s reaction. Perhaps our gift missed the mark. Or maybe the receiver failed to appreciate the value of the gift. Or the love that motivated the giving.
Imagine God the Father as the first Christmas approached. He had prepared the perfect Gift. A Gift to meet the ultimate need of every soul. Was He giddy with anticipation? Did He carefully watch each face as the Gift was revealed?
Some received God’s Gift with joy and wonder. Others, not sensing the value of the Gift, casually tossed the Gift aside and quickly moved on to something else. Still others violently rejected His Gift.
Imagine how the various reactions to His Gift impacted God. Was He pleased? Angry? Sorrowful? Heartbroken?
Of course He knew in advance how people would react. And yet He gave.
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16
God gave His only Son that first Christmas to meet our greatest need. Our sin has separated us from God. We stand condemned, in need of a Savior. So God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). Immanuel came and showed His love for us by dying in our place (Romans 5:8). No greater love. No greater gift.
How have you responded to God’s great gift of Love? With gratitude and humble submission? Or with rejection or simple indifference?
He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God. John 1:11-12
If you are a child of God, celebrate this Christmas with joy! Express your humble gratitude to God for His indescribable Gift. If you’ve never received God’s great Gift of love, don’t let another Christmas go by without accepting the salvation He offers in Jesus Christ.
I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Want to accept God’s great Gift? Find out more about how to have a saving relationship with Jesus.