“The Greatest Christmas Gift”
John 6:37, 39
December 24, 2017
This might be the most extravagant, unexpected gift given this year. Two weeks ago a man walked into the “5 & Diner” restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ for a Saturday morning breakfast. He ordered an ordinary bacon and eggs breakfast with coffee. The bill came to $17.23. He paid with a credit card and left before the waitress picked up the final payment slip.
What she found after he left astounded her. With his $17 bill he left a tip of $2,000 and the accompanying note, “Please split with the staff. Merry Christmas!” Merry Christmas, indeed. That meant that each of the nine staff members walked out with a little over $200 each. And the generosity didn’t end there. Apparently as word of his generosity was made public, other patrons to the 5 & Diner also left large tips, with one waitress receiving a $200 tip for her efforts.
That’s a pretty good gift. Maybe the best gift from one stranger to another this year. But its value is much less than the value of the greatest gift ever given. John identifies that gift for us in his gospel (Jn. 6:35-40). Here we see a gift given within the Trinity. (Have you ever wondered where gift giving began? It began in the Trinity. We give gifts because the Godhead gives gifts within that Godhead.) In verses 37 and 39 John identifies a gift that the Father gives to the Son. And we are astounded to read that we are the gift: God gives the Son the gift of a redeemed people.
The greatest gift ever given is the redeemed people God the Father gave God the Son.
Notice two realities about that gift in this passage:
- The identity of the gift (v. 37)
- The certainty of the gift (v. 39)
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