Several times this Christmas season I have been asked, “What would you like for Christmas?” or “What can I get you for Christmas?”Many times Christmas gifts are the result of a specific request, but not so with God’s Christmas gift. His was an unsolicited Gift. It wasn’t man who saw his need and asked for God’s help; it was the God who foresaw our need and sent His son to be our Savior and to be the atonement for our sins. How wonderful it is to think that the greatest Gift ever given was unsolicited.
Not only was this gift unsolicited but we are also undeserving of this gift. At Christmas, we give gifts to those whom we care about, who have been kind to us over the past year, or who have given us a gift first. We don’t give gifts to the person who has been slandering our name or to the angry neighbor who never has a kind word to say. Am I right? Yet God gave us His gift when we were His enemies. He didn’t give this gift because we deserved it. In fact, it was just the opposite. The Scripture tells us, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
Three Features of this Greatest Gift:
1. It is unchanging. Times change, styles change, attitudes and tastes change. I remember I was so happy to get a Sony walkman as a Christmas gift in the mid 80’s. How many of you remember the walkman? Nobody uses walkman anymore. We now use our phone to listen to music. Christmas gifts we received several years ago have now become obsolete, but Jesus is always current; He is always new; He never changes. In Heb 13:8 declares, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”
2. It is unlimited. Some department stores cater only to the very wealthy. The gifts they offer for sale are so expensive that the average person cannot purchase them. Some very poor families are unable to enjoy gifts that are enjoyed by the middle class of society. But God’s Christmas Gift is unlimited. Jesus Christ is God’s gift to the whole world. No one, no matter how poor, is excluded.
3. It is unspeakable. Thinking of this wonderful gift, St. Paul said, “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” (2 Cor 9:15) Rest assured that God never gives anything but the best. In the letter of James 1:17, it says “Every good gift and every perfect present comes from heaven; it comes down from God.” For ages songwriters and poets alike have attempted to describe God’s glorious Christmas gift. Priests and other preachers around the world have preached so many sermons trying to explain this unspeakable gift, but they couldn’t fully describe it. God’s Christmas gift is unspeakable.
Just like any gift given to us it could remain unclaimed and unopened. Imagine somebody mailed you a very precious gift. The postman delivered but no one received it. He left a notice for you to claim it at the post office, but you forgot and lost that notice card, so the gift remained in the post office unclaimed and unopened. It is the same, God’s Greatest Gift, Jesus Christ, remain unclaimed and unopened by many people. Many people are missing out in the joy and the peace of being in a personal relationship with Jesus.