The Perfect Gift

Have you ever found it a challenge to find that perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list? I remember a time, quite a few years ago, when I thought I’d found the perfect gift for my brother. He was a travelling salesman and practically lived in his car. So, a little portable coffee maker seemed like the perfect choice. It plugged into the lighter socket and promised to make the perfect brew for those on the road.

When Christmas morning finally arrived I waited, with eager anticipation, for my brother to open his gift. Imagine my disappointment to find that he wasn’t all that excited at what he found underneath the wrapping paper (perhaps it is really more blessed to give than to receive!).

What I soon discovered was that my brother wasn’t a coffee drinker! How I didn’t know that I can’t really say. What I do know is that it wasn’t the perfect gift and that it probably ended up in a garage sale the very next summer, or worse.

Just over two thousand years ago someone else was looking to give the perfect gift and He had a lot more success than I did. This gift was even wrapped! Listen to the angelic announcement:

“Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:10-12).

All of the claims concerning God’s gift were absolutely true. His name was Jesus and He really was (and still is) a gift for all people and a gift that brings joy. The name “Jesus” is the Greek form of the Hebrew name “Johoshua”, which means Jehovah is salvation. Matthew tells us that God specifically chose the name “Jesus” because “He will save His people from their sins”.


So, when you’re opening one of your “perfect” gifts this Christmas, don’t forget to take some time to thank God for His perfect gift.