The Best and Most Wanted Gift ~Pastor Bernie Chung
James 1:17a (NIV) says, "Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights." We know that our Heavenly Father has given many wonderful gifts to the world, but the gift that surpasses them all is His only Son, Jesus. We know that God loves us because He gave His only begotten Son to accomplish the grace of redemption on the cross, so that we, the sinners, can be justified by faith, reconciled with God by restoring the harmonious relationship we had with him when he first created man in the first place, and to receive the gift of eternal life.
John 3:16 says, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." The Creator who created all things entered the world as a baby and became flesh himself. Although the world does not understand and appreciate this grace, Jesus is the best and most needed gift for mankind.
Sin has entered the world because humans have turned their backs on God, putting themselves at the mercy of God's wrath. We desperately need forgiveness of sins, freedom from God's judgment, and repentance. The birth of the Lord Jesus is important for those who would believe in our Lord’s teachings and accept the grace of salvation and having the knowledge that Christ offered Himself on the cross to accomplish this unending grace.
God gave us his only begotten son, the Lord Jesus, to be our best and most needed gift; but there is more. When we believe in Christ as our savior, we become our Heavenly Father’s children. The Holy Spirit will lead us to live godly lives on earth, while glorious inheritance awaits us in heaven.
If we truly have accepted by faith this wonderful and most needed gift from God, and were justified by faith and saved by grace, should we only ritually acknowledge Jesus during Christmas time? Of course not! We should praise and draw close to him every day.
As Christians who have believed and accepted the salvation of Christ, the perfect gift from God, we certainly have reasons to joyfully celebrate the coming of Jesus Christ during Christmas season with thanksgiving. For most people, it’s going to be another busy Christmas season with many days of shopping, partying, fun, and gift-giving. However, this period of time should have its special significance for those of us who believe in Christ. It is our duty to share the original meaning of this festive season with those around us. We should share with them the source of our joy and lead them to Christ. This is our perfect opportunity to “go and tell it on the mountains” that Jesus Christ is born. We pray that all the non-believers will be attracted by God’s love to accept the great grace of salvation. May the good news spread and this most needed gift be shared throughout the world. Amen!