Have you ever received a really BAD gift for Christmas? I know it's the thought that counts, but, really. Have you ever given or received a gift that was actually NOT well thought out? I don't just mean the wrong colour or a different style; I mean a gift that's not even the same "language." I made that mistake very early on in my married life. I bought Ann an iron for Christmas. Yep, I know. And, of course, it didn't go over very well. It didn't take me long to figure out that a present that represents a household chore that's not particularly liked is not exactly that perfect gift from the heart that a wife looks forward to. Don't worry. I've improved since then!
Perhaps you've heard the term "love language." One of our past 100 Huntley Street guests, Gary Chapman, wrote The Five Love Languages. Essentially, it's a book about knowing what a person's real needs are, and then "speaking" to them in that "language." It sometimes takes some research and attention to detail to find out what a person really cares about. What really matters to them? What are his or her greatest needs?
When Jesus was born as a Baby, the pronouncement of the angel to the shepherds reflected the kind of love gift from the Father that spoke our language. It was the PERFECT Gift to meet the deepest need of mankind. Luke recounts the angel saying, "…I bring you Good News that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you…" (Luke 2:10-11 NIV)
On that very first Christmas, the gift the Father chose to give us was the Gift of a Saviour. This is Good News! Jesus, our Saviour, came to take the penalty for our sin so we would no longer be under an eternal death sentence. The famous John 3:16 passage provides the greatest short description of that first PERFECT Christmas Gift…
"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." (John 3:16 NIV)
Our Creator speaks the highest "love language." He knows us so well and gave the perfect gift to meet our deepest need. And He gives us the privilege of "re-gifting" that Perfect Gift to others!
Thank you for your help in enabling the ministry of Crossroads to share Jesus with those who desperately need their deepest need met…the need for a SAVIOUR.