Thursday, December 17, 2020
The Greatest Gift Ever
“For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:23 nlt).
This is the time of year when we focus so much on giving gifts. But the gift God has for you is the ultimate gift. It’s the only gift that really keeps on giving. It will never wear out and will never grow old.
In fact, it will become more precious to you with the passing of time. As you get older, you’ll begin to discover all this gift is because the greatest blessing of it is the hope of life beyond the grave—not just purpose and meaning in this life we’re living right now.
Think of what God has done. He has given everything that He possibly could to give us the gift of Jesus Christ. Imagine how hard it was for the Father to send His Son to this earth and watch how they mistreated Him, how they wouldn’t even find a proper place for Him to be born, and the treatment He received throughout His life.
We as parents know how hard it is to watch our kids suffer. We know if ever there were an opportunity, we would gladly trade places with our kids when they are sick or going through hardship.
We love the picture of Jesus in the manger as a sweet baby. But that Jesus came to die. The shadow of the cross was over that cradle. From the moment He came to this earth, He was headed for a certain goal. He went to the cross and died for us and then rose from the grave three days later.
Jesus wouldn’t let anyone or anything keep Him from that goal. And because He reached it, we have forgiveness today.
The greatest gift ever isn’t under your tree at home. It’s the ultimate gift that God sent to show His love for us—the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
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