I received an email today about a Pastor who was telling how Jesus was the first re-gift. When we received Him we re-gifted Him to others. At first I thought what a good point.
But now after thinking about it, I would have to say I do not care for the word re-gift to be used for Jesus. You see we do not give Him away, we share Him with others.
When people re-gift something, it is usually because they do not want or care for what they got. I have to say Jesus does not fit in that category. I am sure this is not how the Pastor meant it, but still the term re-gift I do not think is appropriate for our Lord. We do not want to get rid of Him, or trade Him, No He is the gift we want to keep and hold on to for the rest of our life.
I think a better term for the gift of Jesus, is the gift that keeps on giving. It's your favorite gift of all. It is the one you wanted most. Its the one you just can't live without!
I mean if you think about it, when you do not want something why would you assume someone else does. When you give a gift, the thought should come from the heart. Now, there are times like when you are having a White Elephant Party, that you re-gift things that you already have. Then this is an appropriate time to re-gift. Or maybe you received something that you know someone else needed, and you want to bless them with it, that is appropriate also. And then you can always bless the shelters and missions with gifts that you received that you did not need. Sometimes, it is not that we do not like the gift, we just really have an abundance in that area and do not need the gift. That is when we want to bless others.
But to re-gift just because you do not care for the gift is not the way to go. If you think about that statement you can see where the term re-gift would not be a good term to use for the gift of the Son that the Father gave to us.
Jesus is not some used up gift that we no longer want and now we want to re-gift. No, He was the best gift and we just want to share Him with all of our loved ones and friends.
You know we are always ready and excited to tell people when we come across a good bargain at Christmas time. Well, we should be even more ready to share with them the best bargain of all that we found.
JESUS. And the great thing about this bargain is that you do not have to wait for the Christmas season, you never have to get a rain check, He is always in stock, because He is always in demand, and you never have to return Him the day after, because of any defects or because He didn't fit. He is one size fits all.
I hope all your gifts are good, but I hope even more that you have received the best gift of all.
John 3 v 16...For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.......