THE GREATEST GIFT
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. James 1:17
Some of the most precious gifts often don’t attract our attention at first. We take a hurried glance and see nothing of signficance. But if we go back and take another look, we begin to discover the glory and the wonder of that gift. So it was with the helpless baby in the manger. He was the only begotten Son of God. Words cannot describe it, as Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.”
Even God couldn’t give a greater gift than He has given. He gave His dearly beloved Son. He has given the One who was with Him from all eternity and sent Him into the world. Our Lord Himself spoke of such a sacrificial act in His parable about the vineyard owner. The owner, who had unworthy servants looking after his property, sent his representatives and servants to the vineyard. One after the other was maltreated, even killed. Then the owner thought, “If I send my son, they won’t do this to him. Surely they will respect my son. There is nothing beyond this. It is the last act.”
Hebrews 1:1 says that God sent many servants into the world and to the nation of Israel. God has endowed and endued the world with many outstanding men and women. But God has surpassed them all with the gift of His Son. This is what should fill our minds and hearts with astonishment: that God has done something that even He himself cannot exceed. He gave His only Son, His eternal Son, and sent Him into the world.
Prayer: Father, I praise Your name for the sacrifice of Your Son for the sins of the world.
Scriptural Reading: James 1:12-18