God’s Greatest Gift

October 20, 2022

We all like to receive gifts. In fact, giving gifts is an important part of our human interaction. The act of giving and receiving gifts can help us form a strong bond and connection with individuals. Gifts are often given to express our love and appreciation, and remind others that we value the relationship that is shared. When we receive a gift, it makes us feel special. 

When God gave His Son to save humanity, it was to demonstrate His love for us. John 3:16 is a Bible text most know: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” God’s greatest gift was based on love! This gift is not like something that is made, bought or something tangible that can be given to our friends and family. Jesus is the ultimate gift. 

The Bible tells us that Jesus was the Son of God, who came down from Heaven to give us the greatest gift any person can ever receive—the gift of eternal life. God’s gift cost the life of Jesus Christ. The sacrifice of Jesus on the cross was an example of generosity and selflessness. 

Why did Jesus come to this world? He came to seek and to save us (Luke 19:10). He came to die for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3). He came to bear witness to the truth (John 18:37; 8:32, 36). He came to destroy the power and works of Satan (1 John 3:5, 8).

Jesus left His kingdom in Heaven to take on our human flesh. The first chapter of John tells us that Jesus came to be God with us. He was God in the beginning and He was God from the beginning (John 1:1). Everything was created through Him, and life and light belong to Him. He came to earth to give that light to us (John 1:9). 

But the people did not recognize Him. Most didn’t receive Him (John 1:11-12). The problem with this gift is that many people throughout history have left this gift unopened. Yet, to those of us who do receive Him, He gives us the right to be His children and reign with Him throughout all eternity (2 Timothy 2:12). 

God has done everything possible to give us the gift of salvation. We must accept it by inviting Him to come into our lives. We need to accept God’s free gift of salvation. 

How do you open God’s gift and let Him into your life? John 1:12 (NKJV) tells us, “But as many as received Him (Jesus), to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” 

Do you want to accept Jesus, God’s greatest gift? It is a free gift to us. 

By Lee-Roy Chacon, President