Gift Giving – December 6, 2016
1 John 4:9, This is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Christmas gift giving is a favorite part of holiday traditions. According to the internet, the most popular gifts for men this year include the Fitbit Alta Fitness tracker, the 360 Fly Video Camera, and a cologne called Spicebomb. The most popular gifts for women this year are the Zen Fresh-life candle, Coco Chanel Mademoiselle Perfume, and a printer that hooks up to your iPhone for quick picture printing. The hottest toys for kids this year are the Hatchimals Egg, a Pokemon- Z Ring, the Lego Minecraft set and a game called PieFace.
I am not sure if any of these are in your shopping carts this year, but they all sound amazing. We give all these gifts to demonstrate our love to others, but none of these can compare to the greatest gift of all. God’s one and only son, Jesus Christ. After all, He is what Christmas is all about. We know love because God showed us love through Jesus.
John Mark Caton, Ph.D