The Greatest Gift


The Word tells us that “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” John 17:3

The Greek word used for “know” here (ginṓskō) is experiential — to know through personal experience. Knowing “about” Him — intellectual knowing — is simply not enough to have the peace Jesus spoke of when He said, “I am leaving you with a gift–peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.”

Gifts under the Christmas tree are a lovely sight. They reflect the love the giver has for the recipient.

Yet, our very best efforts and endless resources cannot match the gift that God gave to us in His Son. Nor can gifts under the tree supply our greatest need — a need He placed in our hearts from the beginning — our need to know Him.

I pray that — in the busyness of the day or in the quiet that follows the storm of flying wrapping paper — you pause to contemplate the truest and most certain gift of all: the gift of Jesus Christ.

May you know true peace, and may He richly bless you and yours this Christmas Day and in the years to come.

Merry Christmas, dear friends and family.

“Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” James 1:17

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