The Greatest Gift
Seven hundred years before the birth of Jesus, the prophet said, “Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given” (Isa. 9:6). That prophecy was fulfilled in the words of John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.
Jesus Christ was God’s Christmas Gift, and God never gives anything but the best! The Bible says in James 1:17, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights”.
With deep gratitude for this Gift, the apostle wrote, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (II Cor. 9:15).
The blessed Heavenly Father gave the first Christmas Gift. Romans 8:32 states, “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Salvation is the gift of God.
The Scripture says in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” As we think about God’s glorious Christmas Gift, let’s consider that it was:
An Unsolicited Gift
It wasn’t man who saw his need and asked for God’s help; it was the blessed Father who foresaw our need and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. “while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). We get many gifts that we don’t need, but the gift of God, which is eternal life, through Jesus Christ, is a gift every one of us needs.
An Unlimited Gift
Jesus Christ was God’s Gift to the entire world. No one is excluded. “He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our’s only, but also for the sins of the whole world,” states I John 2:2. And Hebrews 2:9 plainly states “that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
An Unspeakable Gift
Thinking of this wonderful Gift, the Apostle Paul said, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift” (II Cor. 9:15). Rest assured that God never gives anything but the best: “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights.” (James 1:17). Jesus Christ is God’s unspeakable Gift! He is beyond telling! He is indescribable! He is inexpressible!
An Unchanging Gift
Jesus Christ is God’s unchanging Gift. Christmas gifts we received several years ago have now become obsolete, but Jesus is always current; He is always new; He never changes. He is the same today to those who trust Him as Saviour as He was to those who trusted Him two thousand years ago! He is perfect, so He cannot get any better. Also, because of His perfection, he will never deteriorate or disappoint.
An Undeserved Gift
The very fact that salvation is a gift indicates that it is undeserved. If it is earned or deserved, it is no longer a gift. A gift is something offered with no strings attached. Salvation is wholly of grace. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Eph. 2:8,9).
An Unclaimed Gift
How sad to imagine that after sacrifice and expense, some gift is unclaimed, some package is unopened! How sad the giver must feel to think that the gift is not wanted! Yet the greatest gift of all, God’s Gift, Jesus Christ, is still unclaimed by millions!
The words believe and receive are used synonymously in the Scriptures. The Bible says in John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” To believe is to receive. The Bible word believe means to trust, to depend on, to rely on. To receive God’s Christmas Gift simply means that one must admit that he is a sinner, believe the gospel story that Jesus Christ died for our sins at Calvary, and then trust Him completely.
Written by Dr. Curtis Hutson, adapted and revised by Lucas Griffin