There are lots of ways to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family. When we are buying things for little children, we tend to purchase items that are small and educational, so that the little ones can learn to identify animals or sounds and have fun while they learn. But as children get older, and especially as they begin to enter adulthood, our purchases change. We tend to purchase less gifts for older teens and adults, but the things we buy often are more expensive. So while an inexpensive children’s book is an excellent gift for a three-year-old, we wouldn’t purchase that for our spouse!
No matter who we buy presents for, our hope and goal is that the gifts we give will bring joy and happiness to those we love. We hope that our children, whether they are young or old, are reminded of our love by the Christmas gifts we purchase for them. We hope that many of our gifts last a long time, so that our children or our other loved ones are reminded regularly of how much we care about them.
So we will spend time thinking about what we want to get for them. And when we find the ideal gift, just what our loved one needs, we will spend the money to buy that gift! To us, it is worth it! To know that the tool will be used regularly, or that a piece of jewelry will be prized for years to come gives us great joy!
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God has given you the perfect gift in his Son, Jesus. His children had become disobedient and rebellious, and had turned away from the God who created them. The prophet Isaiah said it this way, “We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:6)
In our stubborn selfishness, we have turned away from God so many times! Instead of listening to him, we have turned to our own ways and have paid the price over and over again.
But God has turned toward us, not away! He knew exactly what we needed, and He gave us his Son, the most precious gift of all. Jesus was the only gift that could take away our sin. Jesus was the only one who could defeat Satan on our behalf. Jesus was the Gift who could defeat death in our place and give us eternal life. So our loving Father gave his only begotten Son, and Jesus was the one who paid the price.
The gifts of forgiveness and the defeat of death and Satan did not come cheaply. Jesus had to suffer an agonizing death both physically and spiritually so that He could atone for our sins. These are expensive gifts, but your Savior was willing to pay the price. His death and resurrection for you is the first and biggest Christmas purchase!
So this year during Advent and Christmas, I encourage you to celebrate with great joy the incredible gift that God gave for you. Worship with joy! Celebrate with enthusiasm! Decorate your house and bake Christmas cookies! Give and receive Christmas presents enthusiastically! Why? Because you have already received God’s precious gift in Jesus!
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)