Yesterday I spent a stupid amount of money to go and look at some ice sculptures. On the way out there was a gift shop, and in the gift shop some greeting cards, one of which said “The greatest gift God gave us this Christmas is friendship”. Of course, I realize that it is intended to be a (cheesy) message to a friend, but read in another way, I think it’s misleading and stupid.
The greatest gift God gave us this Christmas, and every Christmas, is eternal life.
Can there be any greater gift than to spend eternity in the presence of our Heavenly Father? Free from disease, pain, sadness and sin, we will be surrounded with perfect love, without the constraints of time. And it is truly a gift, a free offer given by love and grace, something completely undeserved or unearned. Or even unasked for, since in our sinful state we would not even know what to ask for. It is the perfect gift, because it lasts forever and cannot be returned, once you have accepted the gift, it changes you so that you don’t want to return it. It fulfills every changed life with its ultimate purpose, to worship and honor God.
Joh 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Joh 1:15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.'”)
Joh 1:16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.
May you and your family receive and cherish the perfect gift this Christmas, the Grace of our Lord.