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Christmas Advent 21: Preparing to Give

Christmas Advent Day 21: Preparing to Give 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17, ESV)

But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: “They hated me without a cause.” (John 15:25, ESV)

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7, ESV)

Often, when we ask children about their favorite part of Christmas, they will talk about the presents. And of course, receiving gifts is a fun tradition! I also enjoy seeing the reactions of others when they open the presents I give them. We put thought and consideration into the gifts we get for others; we carefully wrap them, put them under the tree, and then anticipate the moment we can finally give them their gifts. 

During this time of year, there always seems to be extra cheer and generosity. It’s hard not to feel joyful while decorating a Christmas tree, singing Christmas carols, watching classic Christmas movies—and especially thinking on the greatest Gift ever given to the world. We have likely given and received some pretty amazing gifts. I think specifically of the year my grandparents got my brother and me a trampoline. Many summer days were spent learning new tricks, double-bouncing any willing victims, and talking about how we wanted to move it next to the pool someday. However, none of those gifts cost someone everything. There are extremely expensive gifts out there, but none as costly as a baby who was born in a manger in Bethlehem over 2,000 years ago! 

We can’t imagine what it was like for God to send His only Son into a world that He knew would treat Him cruelly with no cause (John 15:25). Imagine sending your only child from the splendors of Heaven to a place where He would ultimately be crucified at the hands of sinful men. None of us will ever be able to understand what this felt like, but we can all thank God that He was willing to give His Son so that you and I may have peace and joy forever. Not only that, but Jesus gave everything so that we might have life eternal. He gave His life for those who would hate Him and curse His name. He did it out of love for you and for me. 

As we finish buying presents this season for those we love, may we think of an even more amazing gift we’ve been given. I pray that each person reading this has accepted this Gift for themselves. God sent His Son to die for our sins—every one of them. Our sin could not be in Heaven, and without this perfect sacrifice we would be doomed to eternal separation from God in Hell. If you haven’t yet done so, please accept—like you accept Christmas gifts this season—the gift of salvation that can only be found in Jesus Christ! Accept Him now before it is too late!

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