At Christmas each year we remember the child who was born in Bethlehem, who came to earth to die for us. As we think of the joy of this season, it is also important that we remember “A Son was Given.” Of all of our wonderful blessings we receive at Christmas, nothing can compare with the incredible gift that God has given to each one of us when He gave His Son.
We should remember that God’s love for us was measured by the gift He gave. There is nothing in the universe that the Father loved more than His Son. If God did not love us just as much as His Son, He would never have allowed Jesus to suffer and die for us. Whenever we need a reminder that God really does love us; all we must do is look back at the cross where Jesus died, and remember that God loved us so much He gave His only Son.
For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given… ~Isaiah 9:6c
Before Jesus was born at Bethlehem, He existed as God, forever. John describes Jesus as the source of the universe and the agent of Creation.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. ~John 1:1-3
As God, and existing eternally, Jesus knew beforehand that creating us would require the giving of His life.
Before the world would received a Savior a Father must give His Son. The greatest proof of God’s infinite love is that Jesus suffered and died and gave all He had to show us what giving is really about.
“Unto us a child has been born …to us “a Son was given.”
It cost the Father His only Son to make our salvation possible. May we remember the gift we have been given as we are giving our gifts to the people we love.