An Undeserved Gift

Keith Knight 

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8

Who was on your Christmas gift list this year? Most of us usually give gifts to family and friends. We buy gifts for people we love and people we care about. Most of us tend to give gifts to those who treat us well, people who are kind and compassionate to us. And often we will give gifts in return for gifts that we have received. Some of us even re-gift gifts to people we may have forgotten about because of the hustle and bustle of the season.

However, we generally don’t buy gifts for our enemies. I know I usually don’t buy gifts for enemies. We really don’t even give a gift to the person who has slandered us in the past year. We don’t give a gift to the irate neighbor who never has a kind word to say. A co-worker who causes drama or trouble. We don’t give a gift to someone who has tried to run us out of business. Nor do we send a gift to the thief who broke into our car or home and stole something from us.

But consider this: when God sent Jesus Christ, His Son, and gave us this ultimate gift, He gave it to us while we were still His enemies. The Bible says, “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). None of us did anything whatsoever to earn or deserve this gift. In fact, what we really deserve is judgment. Why? Because we all have sinned against God (Romans 3:23) and the wages for our sin is death (Romans 6:23). We all have deliberately crossed that line. We have rebelled against God. We have been disobedient to Him.

The amazing truth about Christmas is that, in spite of our sins, God sent His Son to save us. In that tiny manger in Bethlehem, He gave us an undeserved gift.

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