The Greatest Gift
By Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world that He gave . . ."
This is the message of Christmas! It is God's gift to the world that attaches meaning to our tradition of exchanging Christmas gifts. It is in giving, as God gave, that we discover the true spirit of Christmas. Let us meditate for a moment on what it was that God gave the world that first Christmas.
God Gave the World a Savior — God even named the child who was to be conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary. The child's name declared to the world that God had provided a Savior: “You shall call his name Jesus; for he will save his people from their sins” (Matt. 1:21).
For thousands of years mankind had been held captive in sin. They were under the wrath of God who must judge all sin. There was no escape. Yet God continued to promise, through His prophets, the coming of One who would take on Himself all of God's anger against sin; One who could give us His righteousness in exchange for our wickedness.
Oh, God's gift was the gift of all gifts! The Savior! The Redeemer! The Liberator! Without this gift we had no hope. We were doomed to die in our sin, forever separated from God, and objects of His fierce wrath. Now, we can approach Him boldly, clothed in the righteousness of the Savior. Let us gratefully and humbly receive God's gift. Let us daily shout psalms of praise, “For you have delivered my soul from death” (Ps. 56:13). The Savior has been given!