Three Perfections of the Perfect Gift
Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25 NKJV
Christmas shouldn’t be just about giving gifts; but rather, it should be about receiving and celebrating the perfect gift, i.e., Jesus Christ, the greatest gift of all, which God placed in the “lay-away of Eternity”, if you will, and paid for in the fullness of time with at least four installment payments:
(1) the Father offered Jesus’ blood before the foundation of the world (Re. 13:8); (2) after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden, God covered their sin with a blood sacrifice, cursed the Serpent, and promised the seed of a woman, i.e., Mary, the mother of Jesus, who would utterly defeat the seed of the Serpent (Gen. 3:15, 21); (3) promised the coming Messiah at the fullness of time (Gal. 4:4-5); and, (4) further promised sanctification for sins forever through the offering of Jesus’ blood and body once and for all (Heb. 10:4-10).
Jesus was born— as a perfect gift— here on earth to save His people from sins (Matt. 1:21). God’s perfect gift came with perfections. There are at least three perfections when Jesus saves: (1) He saves with a perfect blood sacrifice to take away sin (John 1:29; 1 Peter 2:24; Hebrews 10:12-14); (2) He saves with perfect power to destroyed the works of the devil (1 John 3:8; Revelation 12:10-11); and (3) Jesus saves with perfect love that He gives those who believe which also includes everlasting life (John 3:16-17).
Thank God for Jesus Christ, our Perfect Gift. Merry Christmas and Happy Holy Days!