If you’ve ever received a gift then you know that not all gifts are equal. Gift giving tries our patience and our pocketbook. Yet there is on occasion a gift that humbles our heart because we know the giver sacrificed something dear in order to bless another. This kind is rare. It cannot be matched or compared because it goes beyond the ordinary. It means we are special to someone in a way that is incomprehensible. This is the kind of gift everyone wants.
I received a special gift like this in December, 1969. The funny thing about it is that I’m not that special. I wanted it, but I hesitated. Foolishly I had to think about it a little while before I actually accepted it. Thankfully, the gift was still there, waiting for me to take it for my own.
This special gift will not be in any price range we can afford. Sure, some gifts are more expensive than others, but price is not what makes this gift so special. Great thought and care is used to select some gifts, but no, this isn’t what makes this gift special, although we know care was taken to implement it. We know duty gifts aren’t particularly special. They are given because it’s expected or to make an impression that brings favor. You won’t find this gift in any store, yet it’s available to all.
I’m sure each of us would like a gift such as this. But how can one be a recipient of such a wondrous gift?
When I received this gift, I did so, knowing the giver gave everything for it. Who was the giver? Jesus Christ. He gave His life so that I might have eternal life and be forgiven of all my sin, past, present, and future. I didn’t deserve this gift, nor did I earn it in any way. This was a special gift from God to me.
To receive it, I only had to accept Him as my Savior and Lord. You see the Lord God Jehovah sent His Son, Jesus to live on this earth. We read the account of His birth to a virgin in the Book of Luke in the Bible. We celebrate His birth on Christmas and His death and resurrection on Easter.
Why is this gift so special? Under God’s Law, I am condemned because I have violated God’s Law. How so? If you’ve ever broken one of the Ten Commandments, then you are in violation of God’s Law.
I was humiliated to realize how sinful I was. I had not understood that my ways were displeasing to God. I was humbled with shame and grief that my sin alone was enough to cause Jesus to allow Himself to be crucified on a cross so that I might have forgiveness of sin and eternal life in Heaven.
Think about it…Someone else paid for my sin. Someone who knew me for what I was. I wasn’t even good enough to take responsibility for myself. Only Jesus was worthy to pay the price required by God’s Law.
Through Jesus my sin is forgiven and I have a personal relationship with Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. Celebrating the birth of Jesus is a natural outpouring of love and thanksgiving to a Holy God who came and died for me. It is His gift to me and to all who would accept Him as their Savior and Lord.
Humbled? You bet! Without Him, I would be lost forever.