“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 NIV)
Ever since our twin nephews were born, we’ve gone to their parents for gift suggestions because they know what the boys need best. Of course we often add toys and other fun gifts for them, but we always try to give them what they need. Being toddlers, they enjoy the gifts they get now, but I’m sure with time, they’ll tell us what they think they need.
When God looked at the world He had created, He gave it what it needed, not necessarily what it wanted. When God sent His own Son, Jesus, into the world to save it, not everyone received Him. “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). But just because people don’t want the gift of salvation, it doesn’t mean that they don’t need it. Because oftentimes, the gifts we think are not good enough, are the ones that prove to be of value to us.
This Christmas, I pray that as we unwrap God’s gift of His Son to us, we will not only accept Jesus with joy, but also thank God for giving Him to us. Because there’s no better gift than the One He gave – the gift of Life!