The Greatest Gift

Recently my family was invited to a play date for my daughter with children around her age. My wife and I started discussing what to buy for the host family and it got me wondering what an appropriate and presentable gift would be.

In the Bible, we read of people presenting various types of gifts. In the Old Testament, when the Queen of Sheba visited Solomon, she presented gifts of spices, large quantities of gold and precious stones. (2 Chronicles 9:1)

In the New Testament, the wise men visited Jesus with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11).

In both scenarios, many earthly items of great value were given when visiting others. While the wise men gave such precious earthly gifts to Jesus, before them was the greatest gift our Heavenly Father has given to us all.

Ephesians 2:8-9: For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works so that no one can boast.

Salvation is the greatest gift that we can ever receive. Accepting Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour grants us the “greatest gift of all” which is eternal life. As we edge closer to Christmas, let us spur one another to think about someone to whom we can share about Jesus the greatest gift.

As we attend gatherings to celebrate Christmas, we can speak to our friends and loved ones about the true meaning of Christmas or invite them to our Christmas Service. Let us not hold back the greatest gift from those who have not heard or believed in our wonderful Saviour, Christ Jesus.

Deacon Bryan Tan