The season of gift-giving is upon us. Sleigh bells are ringing, shopping malls are bustling, people are pushing through crowds to get presents for their loved ones. Everywhere we look people are engaged in the traditional festivities of the season. I must admit, this is my favorite time of year. There is just so much joy and anticipation and goodwill that is felt at this time of year.
This is the season when we ourselves try to give a little more. We give gifts to our families. We give gifts to our friends and our favorite charities. One of my favorite charities is Olive Branch Mission which supports persons in need on the south side of Chicago. Olive Branch seeks to give the gift of a warm meal and a place to stay to many who are in need all year round.
I love giving and getting gifts. But in this season, I am reminded of the greatest gift man could have ever received. The gift of the Son of God. When we buy gifts for our loved ones during this season, we do so out of love. When we give to our favorite charities, we give out of love. But I cannot imagine the depth of love the Father has for us that he would send his Son to die so that we can live. The depth of his love is unfathomable.
The Bible says “this is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 John 4:10).
I feel incredibly joyful knowing someone loves and cares for me so much that he sent someone to die in my place.
His precious gift to me means I can live in a world that is full of hurt and pain and still have joy incomparable.
His free gift is available to all. Have you already accepted it? This Christmas, if you have not, I implore you to receive this precious gift. His free gift is available to all who will ask for it and believe that they have received it.