God has given us the most valuable gift we will ever receive; all we have to do is accept it and be thankful. There are many times today when it is customary or almost expected to give gifts, such as birthdays, anniversaries, and Christmas. In this case God knew we would desperately need this gift in order to save us, so he gave it freely even at a great cost to himself.
Questions for further thought:
1. Think back on the last gift that meant a lot to you. What made it so special?
2. When was that last time you gave a gift that was not deserved, but you gave it anyway?
Challenge: God sent his only Son to earth to die for our sins as a gift to us. Personally, I can't wrap my mind around what that would be like; it is unimaginable to me to make that kind of a sacrifice. We need to live our lives in a way that honors that sacrifice that has been made at great cost for us.
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