Devotional Thought

The Gift That Lasts

It’s that time of year again. Dads and moms sit around the Christmas tree and wonder how many of the gifts and toys will last past the holiday weekend.

Perhaps you can recall a gift you gave your children last year that disappointed both you and them. It broke in the first week.

Wouldn’t it be nice to receive a gift that would last forever? Like the pink rabbit on TV, with special batteries powering him so he can continually pound his drum, we would like to look at just one gift and say, “It’s still going!” Even the product that carries a lifetime warranty will wear out when the “life” of the product is done.

There is a gift that has lasting value. It is the Son of God, Jesus Christ. At Christmas we celebrate the gift which God gave to the world — Jesus. God says to us, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

We all need God’s gift of Jesus. We need him to take away all the sins we have committed. Sin leaves us with the curse of death — even death in hell. We need the gift of Jesus to give us eternal life instead of eternal death.

Jesus was born to rescue us from sin and to win the gift of eternal life. He lived perfectly in our place. He died for the world’s sins. Then he rose from death and now lives forever to bring us to heaven.

What a wonderful gift! On top of that, it’s free! That’s why it is called a gift.

As you sit this Christmas with a pile of gifts at your feet, remember the special gift God has given to the world. That gift is Jesus Christ, the Savior. He is the one gift that lasts forever.

Pastor R.