The Perfect Gift

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Contributed by John Hellmund, Elder Overseer of Finance at Image Church

The end of the year is fast approaching, and many of us are more stressed out than ever.  There are the holiday parties, gifts to buy, traveling or getting ready for guests to visit, and what seems to be an endless list of other things to take care of.  I know as I was praying and thinking about what to write, all these things kept floating through my head. 

One thing that brought me back to reality was hearing my kids say the Christmas story.  It is always great to hear my 6 and 4 year olds telling me about the first Christmas, as we use our Christmas countdown calendar to count down to Christmas.  Yes, they may only be doing it because they want to get the piece of candy each day, but at least the truth is being ingrained in them.  They know that Christmas is the celebration of Jesus being born.  They can tell you where He was born and who came to visit Him.  They know an angel announced to the shepherds that the Christ was born and that all of a sudden a multitude of the heavenly host was there praising God.   They will tell you about the wise men that came to visit the new King and the gifts that they brought.  They know that when King Herod heard about a new King, he was mad and tried to kill all the male children under the age of two.  They know that an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to flee to Egypt.  Most importantly, they know why Jesus had to be born and how He would one day die on the cross as the perfect Lamb. 

Even though my kids know all these things, they still get wrapped up in the commercialism of Christmas.  I don’t mean Santa, but the excitement of new toys and games and whatever else they may want.  We have taught them that the reason we give and receive gifts is because God gave us the perfect gift in His Son, Jesus.  This is what I hope we as Christians really reflect on this year.  Let us take the focus off of the material gift and place it on the reason we are giving gifts at all.  We are all sinners and in need for salvation.  Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  The penalty for sin is death as stated in Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Jesus is the perfect gift and our only way to experience salvation.  This Christmas season, please take the time to share with your family and those that you come across the true reason for the season.

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