Key Verse: But the gift is not like the trespass. For if the many died by the trespass of the one man, how much more did God’s grace and the gift that came by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, overflow to the many! – Romans 5:15
Christmas is a time, where we people around the world give and receive presents. There is much joy in seeing the delight on someone’s face when they receive the gift that they wanted. Yet, at this Christmas it is important we remember the greatest gift of all.
John 3:16 says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” God gave us something better than what we wanted, He gave us what we needed, a saviour!
We often tell children that they have to be good if they want a special gift for Christmas. There is even a tradition in the UK that naughty children are left a lump of coal my Santa Claus. So what would merit God giving us the ultimate gift, His one, and only Son?
Well, it wasn’t our good deeds, that is for sure. Isaiah reminds us, “We are all infected and impure with sin. When we display our righteous deeds, they are nothing but filthy rags. Like autumn leaves, we wither and fall, and our sins sweep us away like the wind.” Isaiah 64:6.
It wasn’t anything about us that merited this gift, but it was all of grace flowing from God’s love. Romans 5:8, “But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.”
As we give and receive gift this Christmas, wondering if we really deserve theses things, let us remember and give thanks for the gift that none of us and no one has ever deserved and “Thank God for this gift too wonderful for words!” 2 Corinthians 9:15