And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
1 John 5:11 NIV
A recent study conducted by Canada Post found that one in five Canadians admitted that they bought holiday cards, meant to send them out, but never got around to it. Nine out of 10 young Canadians said they prefer holiday cards in the mail, but only 30 per cent actually sent them out. Good intentions aside, fewer and fewer letters and cards are being mailed out every year. Shifting preferences toward digital cards is leading the decline. December 23 is the day that the most online cards get sent out.
It isn’t surprising that Christmas is marked by giving. While we rightfully get concerned with the commercialism that is so rampant at this time of year, there is no doubt that from a Christian perspective, from the very beginning, the reason for all we celebrate has been about giving. The giver was God and the gift was Jesus. He still is. The apostle speaks to this in his first epistle. 1 John 5:11 says “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” It is impossible to count the number of gifts that have been given at this time of year over the centuries. It is impossible to measure the value of those gifts. But the totality of them cannot come close to the worth of that first gift, the gift of Jesus, through whom we are offered the gift of eternal life. That gift was purchased some thirty-three years after His birth, on a Roman cross. It is still offered today to all who place their faith and trust in the One who was born on Christmas. The best Christmas gift ever.
These have been words from the heart.