The greatestest gift is without question Jesus Christ.
As my family grows and I get older the gifts I want become more and more clear and less and less material. Don’t get me wrong I love to get great gifts just like the next person, but when I really think about what I want for Christmas it is for my family to be together, for everyone to be healthy, and cared for and most importantly that myself and my family are serving and intimately connected to God through his son Jesus.
The more I think about it that is all our father God was trying to do when He gave us the best gift ever. Literally the greatest gift known to man.
I love giving gifts: there is nothing like hearing your spouse or kids say, this is the best gift ever! It makes your heart swell to know you hit the mark, you identified what would make the most impact on them and you made it happen. Wow! What a great feeling that is!
There is a scripture that personifies this thought.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. (James 1:17, 18 NKJV)
And it’s related to this scripture:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17, 19 NKJV)
God saw our world his intended family, He saw the corruption, the confusion, and condemnation and decided to give us a gift. Not just any gift but the greatest gift.
This gift was…
1. Not the most flamboyant, but definitely the most expensive
2. Not the most prominent but definitely the most powerful
3. Not the most popular but definitely the most prolific!
This gift, the greatest gift, was not wrapped in the most beautiful paper but in swaddling clothes, it was not presented to the world in pomp and circumstance but in the humblest of contexts, this gift was the person of Jesus. God himself brought down from majesty to the very minimum of modesty the form of a baby.
1. The perfect given son became flesh to become sin
2. The compassionate savior of our souls became sin to become our sacrifice
3. The victor over death hell and the grave became our sacrifice to become our savior.
And all for what?
To bring us as a gift to his father to say father your family is home together, healthy, healed, and whole.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23 NKJV)