The Greatest of All Gifts | The Institute for Creation Research
The Greatest of All Gifts

We cannot fathom what it meant for the infinite Creator God to become finite man. Yet Jesus, who was "so much better than the angels" (Hebrews 1:4), willingly emptied Himself and, setting aside certain outward features of His deity, stooped from the glory of heaven's throne, took on "the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men" (Philippians 2:7). Thus, the King of heaven allowed Himself to be "made a little lower than the angels" (Hebrews 2:9), and taking on "the likeness of sinful flesh" (Romans 8:3), He "became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Philippians 2:8). In this way, God mercifully showed His great love for us by giving us "his Son to be the propitiation for our sins" (1 John 4:10).

This most special gift is the reason we celebrate Christ's birth on Christmas Day, and it is especially appropriate that we remember the greatest of all verses during the Christmas season: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16). This is surely the best known, most loved verse in all of Scripture, and it has been by far the most effective verse in illuminating blinded minds and breaking hardened hearts to bring them to Christ and salvation.

Giving is a prominent theme in the Bible, with such words as "give," "gift," "gave," etc., appearing more than 2,000 times. Genesis 1:17 records the first occurrence, when on the fourth day of creation, God created the sun, moon, and stars "to give light upon the earth," and the last is Revelation 22:12, when Christ will return with His rewards to "give every man according as his work shall be." Clearly, though, the greatest of all gifts was when God gave Himself for a lost and undeserving world--because it revealed the greatest love, met the greatest need, and had the greatest scope and purpose of any gift that could possibly be conceived in the heart of the omniscient Creator.

This greatest gift of God is exceedingly sufficient to provide salvation and everlasting life for the whole world. But a gift only becomes a gift when it is accepted, and the greatest of all tragedies is to see this greatest of all gifts ridiculed and scorned by humanity, or simply ignored by vast multitudes who need it so deeply. Ultimately, when God's free gift of everlasting life is brazenly refused, the end result can only be everlasting death. God did all He could do when He gave His Son to suffer and die in our stead. Then what joy is ours to accept it, knowing we shall spend eternity in heaven with Him!

For this reason, it is fitting that we give gifts at Christmastime to emulate God's first, and most perfect, "Gift" to us. ICR is so very grateful to all those who follow this example, thanking God daily for those who uphold our ministry with gifts of prayer and finances. If you are able, please prayerfully consider how you can help this season--we promise it will be carefully applied to our work to bear much everlasting fruit for His glory.

From all of us at ICR, may the Prince of Peace be your joy and strength this Christmas and throughout the New Year!

* Mr. Morris is Director of Donor Relations.

Cite this article: Morris IV, H. 2009. The Greatest of All Gifts. Acts & Facts. 38 (12): 21.

The Latest
NEWS
Inside March 2021 Acts & Facts
Why does ICR uphold the clarity of Scripture? How do we know that canyons were formed by the Genesis Flood? How do fossilized fish confirm biblical...

DAYS OF PRAISE DEVOTIONALS
Spring 2021
...

ACTS & FACTS
Creation Kids: Human Hands
You’re never too young to be a creation scientist! Kids, discover fun facts about God’s creation with ICR’s special Creation Kids learning...

ACTS & FACTS
Dross and Dilution
The first of seven great signs of Jesus’ deity recorded in John’s gospel is the wedding in Cana of Galilee (John 2:1-11). By the time Jesus...

APOLOGETICS
Do the Unpersuaded Have Enough Proof?
At a local Bible conference, a respected seminary professor unintentionally contradicted the apostle Paul. During the Q&A session, he opined that...

ACTS & FACTS
Gunnison's Black Canyon: The Flood Solves Mysterious Missing...
Brian Thomas, Ph.D., and Tim Clarey, Ph.D. The Gunnison River winds westward from the Colorado Rocky Mountains through dry and dramatic landscapes....

ACTS & FACTS
Do We See Complex Design in Mosquito Eggs?
Mosquitoes hatch from tiny eggs and spend a few days filter-feeding on things like bacteria, pollen, and algae. They molt three times as they grow,...

ACTS & FACTS
A Texas-Size Spider Mystery
The delightfully creepy spider belongs to a class called Arachnida—which is distinct from the “bug” class Insecta. Not surprisingly,...

ACTS & FACTS
The Fossils Still Say No: The Fins-to-Feet Transition
One of the alleged greatest transformations in vertebrate evolution is said to be the emergence of creatures that traded fins for feet and transitioned...

RESEARCH
Largest Canyons Were Formed by the Receding Flood
Two newly discovered canyons in Greenland and Antarctica have a lot in common with Grand Canyon. Both canyons are as deep as or deeper than Grand Canyon...